Joseph Carvin is a hedge fund manager by day, a town supervisor by night. Or something like that.Whatever the case, Carvin looking to expand his civil service role—the Rye town supervisor is joining the race to be the Republican nominee to run against Kirsten Gillibrand for New York’s junior senator seat, the Wall Street Journal reported. [h/t Politicker]
With Carvin’s finance-savvy job (he runs Altima Partners, a hedge fund focused on emerging markets and agriculture), money probably won’t be a problem—the hedge funder will be donating $1 million himself to his campaign and plans to raise up to $10 million using his network of contacts in New York and DC. He’s also set his sights on hiring E. O’Brien Murray, as in the guy that helped Republican Bob Turner win Anthony Weiner’s House seat last year.
As for his platform, Carvin’s already got some ideas:
Mr. Carvin said he’s running because he’s worried about the U.S. debt and deficits. But he cites Pimco founder Bill Gross, discusses the rise of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China) and worries about the trade deficit, too.
Mr. Carvin is relatively moderate politically. He said he supports increasing revenue to close deficits as long as overall tax rates go down. He’s in favour of abortion rights and a path to residency for immigrants currently in the U.S. illegally—positions that are anathema to much of the Republican base nationally.
He voted for Barack Obama, but says he’s now disappointed in the president.
His MPA from Harvard and MBA from NYU should help too.
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