Conservative political commentator Joe Pinion throws his hat in the ring to run for the US Senate against powerful incumbent Chuck Schumer – the Democratic majority leader of New York who is running for a fifth term, The Post has learned.
Pinion told Republican county presidents statewide on Friday that he was running, GOP sources said.
A source close to the Pinion campaign has confirmed that he will officially announce his campaign in the coming weeks and file documents with the Federal Election Commission. He will have more to say then.
A businessman, Pinion, 38, has his own right-wing Newsmax show, “The Saturday Agenda”.
On his most recent show, Pinion targeted Schumer.
He released a clip of Schumer saying in 2005 that removing the filibuster in the Senate would be an “apocalyptic day for democracy.”
Now Schumer wants to eliminate or curb the 60-vote filibuster rule while Democrats hold a slim majority and want to ram their agenda through.
A spokesperson for Schumer declined to comment.
But first Pinion could face a primary from Albanian immigrant Aleksander Mici, Bronx resident and lawyer.
Pinion is a graduate of Horace Mann School and Colgate University, where he played on the soccer team.
He ran for the State Assembly in Yonkers in 2018, losing to Democrat Nader Sayegh.
GOP leadership is excited about Pinion’s candidacy. An African-American GOP source says it could have wide appeal at a time when Republicans struggle to attract minority voters.
âWe’re very excited about what Joe brings to this race and his ability to expand our squad. He’s a young dynamo with a nationwide network and a self-made man, âsaid state Republican Party Chairman Nick Langworthy.
âHe understands how Biden-Schumer’s failed policies are crushing New Yorkers. While Chuck Schumer has been busy doing national politics, he is about to be faced with reality here at home. “