Can She Beat Hillary?

Kathleen Troia “KT” McFarland, a former Pentagon official, says she is planning to run against Hillary Clinton.

ALBANY, N.Y. – A former Pentagon official under President Reagan said Monday she will seek the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s re-election bid this year.

“I am running to be my party’s nominee for the United States Senate from the state of New York,” Kathleen Troia “KT” McFarland wrote in a letter to supporters. “Toward that end, I have formed an exploratory committee, which I expect to upgrade to a full Senate campaign committee in the coming days.”

The move by the political neophyte could put her into a September primary against former Yonkers Mayor John Spencer, already endorsed by top state Conservative Party leaders. No Republican has won statewide office in New York without Conservative Party support since 1974.

Clinton, asked Friday about a possible challenge from McFarland, said: “I am going to remain focused on my job and my race. I will leave it to the other side to sort out their own candidacies.”

Let’s see if KT can give Hillary a fight.

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