Another Challenger?

Kathleen Troia McFarland — "KT" to her friends — is still debating whether to enter the New York Senate race.

McFarland is a former top Pentagon official under President Reagan and a pro-choice woman, and seems to be just what the liberal New York GOP establishment is looking for.

For the past twenty years, she has been a stay-at-home mom to her five kids, and she has three grandchildren. She is also personally wealthy, which is always helpful in a campaign.  

McFarland hinted a few weeks ago that she might be interested in abandoning her bid for a congressional seat to challenge Hillary, and a recent report indicates that N.Y. Gov. George Pataki is behind the latest efforts to get her to challenge the conservative John Spencer in the Republican primary.

In addition, Erie County GOP Chairman Robert Davis soke recently with KT, and reported that "[b]ased on her resume and on a 15-minute phone conversation with her…I was very impressed that she could be a significant opponent who could challenge Hillary Clinton on the issues. This person is not somebody who’s going to back down from Hillary Clinton. She’s definitely interested in doing it."

Meanwhile, Spencer has received the endorsement of three additional GOP county chairs, in addition to his prior support from the state Conservative Party.