Mort Zuckerman Not Running for Senate After All

Yeesh. After we assigned all that homework on billionaire publisher and real-estate tycoon Mort Zuckerman’s possible run at the Senate, turns out the guy isn’t really interested.

Zuckerman’s own New York Daily News has the story:

“I was encouraged by many major political figures in New York to look closely at running for Senate,” Mr. Zuckerman said.

“However, at this time, it is very difficult to see how I can devote the necessary time to either a campaign, or to working in Washington, if I were to win.”

The Washington Post was reporting last night that Zuckerman might bow out, and now he’s made an official announcement.

Zuckerman was reported to be mulling a challenge to Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand. A much-linked and much-discussed story in the Albany Times-Union revealed that Zuckerman had spoken with New York Republican Party head Ed Cox about running.

Zuckerman’s announcement marks the second big dropout from the Senate race this week. Democrat Harold Ford announced on Monday that he would not be seeking Gillibrand’s seat.