Congressman Bob Turner (R-Queens and Brooklyn) announced Tuesday afternoon that he wants to challenge incumbent U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in November.
Turner scored an upset win last September in a special election to fill the 9th District House seat vacated by the resignation of Democrat Anthony Weiner.
In a statement issued by his campaign, Turner said he will speak to leaders of the Republican and Conservative parties this week to ask for their endorsements.
“I ran for the House six months ago as a private citizen fed up with what is happening in Washington,” Turner said in the statement. “I could not sit and watch career politicians sink my nation deeper into economic crisis.”
Turner acknowledged in the statement that his congressional district appears ticketed for elimination under new redistricting.
Gillibrand was an upstate congresswoman who was appointed in 2009 to fill the vacancy when then-Sen. Hillary Clinton was appointed as secretary of state by President Obama.
Gillibrand then won a special election to retain the seat in 2010.