NEW YORK, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Jeanine Pirro remains a candidate for the New York Senate seat now held by Hillary Rodham Clinton -- but possibly not for much longer.
Pirro met for two hours Friday in Manhattan with Gov. George Pataki, the New York Times reported.
"Right now, I am a candidate for the United States Senate," she told reporters afterwards.
Pirro -- currently the Westchester County district attorney -- was never expected to be a likely winner in next year's election, given Clinton's name recognition and popularity with Democrats, independents and even some Republicans in New York. But Pirro's fundraising has been so paltry -- especially compared to the $14 million Clinton has on hand -- and her campaign so dogged by mistakes and bad luck, that many Republicans fear she will be a drag on the rest of the Republican ticket in the state.
Some leaders have suggested that Pirro run for attorney general instead. The Times cited unnamed officials who said Pataki urged her to consider her options -- whether she could turn her Senate campaign around and whether she would have a better chance of winning the attorney general's race.