New York: County Legislator Joins GOP Race for Hall’s Seat

Posted February 12, 2008 at 6:44pm

Westchester County Legislator George Oros (R) told local media this week that he will seek to challenge freshman Rep. John Hall (D) in November.

Oros, who has served in the Legislature since 1995 and is currently the Minority Leader, said his record of winning elections in a Democratic county makes him the strongest Republican to take on Hall.

“I think I have electability,” Oros told The Journal News. “I’ve been out there. I’ve been proven.”

Oros will face Iraq War veteran Kieran Michael Lalor in the Republican primary.

“I’ve expected a primary all along,” Lalor told the newspaper. “I’m taking this pretty much in stride.”

National Republicans had been targeting Hall and recruited a blue-chip challenger, wealthy business executive Andrew Saul, into the race. But Saul abruptly dropped out of the contest around Thanksgiving, and the Hudson Valley district has become less of a priority for the national GOP.
— Josh Kurtz