Benjamin Holds Off on Serrano Challenge

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Finding a general lack of political support, Bronx Assemblyman Michael Benjamin has decided not to challenge Congressman Jose E. Serrano this fall, according to a story on City Hall magazine's website. He added, however, that he would give it another shot in 2012.

Benjamin, who generated some buzz for calling Tea Partier Rand Paul an “idiot” a couple of weeks ago, had already indicated that he would not seek re-election to his assembly seat.

Carl Heastie, the Bronx Democratic Party Chairman and a colleague in the assembly, tried to talk Benjamin out of running against Serrano several times over the past months, Benjamin said.

Benjamin believes that he might have a better chance to defeat Serrano after the congressional district lines are re-drawn in the near future, but City Hall said that reapportionment may not sway things in his favor.