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Sen. Flanagan mulls run for state attorney general

State Sen. John Flanagan says is "seriously looking" at the possibility of running for state attorney general -- if he thinks the run will help the Republicans win back the state Senate.
“The most important thing is to win back the [Senate]majority,” said Flanagan, 48, of East Northport. “But if being part of a statewide ticket can bring the party forward, I’m going to take a hard look at it.”
He said he has spoken with both Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) who wants him to run for re-election, and Suffolk GOP chairman John Jay LaValle, who was supportive of Flanagan making the statewide run. He added he has not yet talked to state GOP chairman Edward Cox about his possible statewide candidacy. Flanagan said he has the experience and qualifications for the post and, “I know I would do a very good job and be a very strong candidate.”
Part of Flanagan’s consideration may be that he currently lives as the very western edge of his Senate District which runs all the way into Brookhaven. If the GOP fails this year to win back the majority, he may be in danger of being redistricted out of his seat.

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