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Dan Senor, CNN Husband, Iraq Flack, Eyes Gilly Senate Seat


Welcome Dan Senor! That’s See-NOR, as per Michael Barbaro’s brief profile this morning in the Times of the latest potential challenger to senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Senor is only 38 but he has done so much already that, should he become the GOP candidate, we will undoubtedly be mining nuggets from his resume all summer. First and foremost, of course, is his 2006 marriage to the fabulous CNN news anchor, Campbell Brown, with whom he has two sons.

But more importantly, despite his youth, Senor is an old school Cold Warrior, dedicated to the proposition of first strikes against America’s enemies, and possessing many of the admirable qualities associated with that ideological bent, including:

Endurance: While serving as top adviser to Paul Bremer, leader of the American-run “coalition” government in Iraq after the invasion, Senor jogged in a Thanksgiving, 2004, race in Baghdad while wearing a “Bush-Cheney 2004” tee shirt.

Generosity: When interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi made a pre-election speech before Congress that September praising the Bush administration, his speaking coach was none other than Senor, who acknowledged recommending “phrases” to Allawi.

Intelligence: A Harvard Business School grad, Senor worked from 2001-2003 as a venture capitalist with the Carlyle Group, the massive global equity company with enormous defense-industry holdings whose executives have included George H.W. Bush. Carlyle is considered by many the perfect spawn of the Military-Industrial Complex spoken of so long ago by a former Republican president who knew both worlds.

Patriotism: Senor worked closely with the political action fund, Vets for Freedom, which picked up where the old 2004 Vietnam Swift-boaters left off. With Senor’s assistance, Vets for Freedom ran TV ads to help Joe Lieberman hold on to his senate seat in 2006. The ads included Iraqi vets thanking Lieberman for supporting the invasion that has cost some 4,300 American lives. Interestingly, Senor and the VFF couldn’t find a black or Hispanic vet to join in the praise. OK — so Senor’s company, Senor Strategies LLC, billed his services ($10,000 as per VFF’s 527 filing).

We could go on, but why spoil the fun for everyone else?


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