The Politico reported Wednesday afternoon that New York City councilman Eric Ulrich, who is one of only five Republicans on the City Council, has been encouraged by Rudy Giuliani to run for Weiner's vacant seat when the special election is held sometime later this year between August and November.
So who is the New York City councilman?
Mr. Ulrich, only 26, represents Queens on the City Council and nearly 60,000 of his current constituents also reside in the 9th congressional district. He was first elected to the City Council, coincidentally, by special election in February 2009 over three more experienced candidates and then comfortably reelected that November.
I don't want to sound overly optimistic, but Mr. Ulrich is one of the Republican Party's rising stars and he just might be the 'perfect candidate' to finally flip this rightward drifting district into Republican hands, especially if the Democrats go with a bad, or controversial candidate.
What say you?