NY Conservatives, GOP Pick Long to Challenge Schumer

NEW YORK (AP) -

New York’s Republican and Conservative parties chose Wendy Long as their challenger to Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer.

The Conservatives selected Long on Saturday at their meeting in Brooklyn, one day after Republicans designated her as their candidate.

Long ran for Senate on both party lines in 2012 but was beaten decisively by Democrat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

Long is a New York City attorney who once clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and was a press secretary to two senators.

Democrats nominated Schumer to run for a fourth term last Monday. He has $24 million in his account and is a heavy favorite in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2 to 1.