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Republican businessman Josh Eisen will challenge Sen. Gillibrand in 2024

Republican businessman Josh Eisen has officially announced his candidacy to challenge U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for her seat in the 2024 elections.


Eisen, who revealed his campaign plans in Buffalo on Monday, is set to travel across New York State this week to promote his candidacy. Alongside his political ambitions, Eisen also holds the position of co-chairman at the George Pataki Foundation and has a previous electoral experience from his 2020 congressional run in the Hudson Valley.

In his campaign announcement, Eisen expressed his concerns about the current political climate and the perceived inefficiencies under Senator Gillibrand’s tenure. He criticized the unaddressed challenges and pain points within communities, advocating for a new approach to business regulation and governance. Eisen, representing a perspective critical of big government, argues for the need to constantly question governmental size and influence, positioning himself as a candidate for change and reform.

Senator Gillibrand, who is seeking her third full term in the U.S. Senate, has already responded to Eisen’s challenge. She labeled him as a “MAGA-Republican,” suggesting his views and political alignment are in line with the Make America Great Again movement, and deemed his candidacy as “utterly disqualifying for the office he seeks.” This early exchange sets the tone for what may become a heated campaign as both candidates prepare for the 2024 Senate race.