NEW YORK – Chele Farley was chosen Friday by New York state GOP leaders to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in this fall’s election.
Farley is a private equity executive and Republican Party fundraiser. Her selection at a state party meeting gives her the Republican and state Conservative Party lines for the race against Gillibrand, who’s considered a potential candidate for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.
Farley pledged to raise $10 million for her campaign, about what Gillibrand already has in her war chest.
Farley has little public name recognition and would face a Democrat with broad appeal in New York, where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1. Gillibrand received 72 percent of the vote in her 2012 election.