'Anti-Hillary' Candidate Running for US Senate

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:31 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - A Republican attorney has announced his intention to run against incumbent Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2006 race -- assuming Mrs. Clinton runs for re-election to the Senate.

William A. Brenner describes himself as a popular, respected attorney and politician in Sullivan County, N.Y. He is the first person to officially announce his intention of running against Sen. Clinton.

"It was not my intention to be first," Brenner said in a press release. However, he added, "It is my intention to be the last, official Republican candidate in '06, campaigning against Hillary Clinton on behalf of the core beliefs and true values of all New Yorkers."

Brenner, 64, has 40 years experience in political, family court, tax and criminal law. In addition to his law practice, he is the president of Brenner Income Tax Centers, Inc.

In 2004, Brenner ran for a seat in Congress from New York's 22\super nd\nosupersub Congressional District, but he lost the election to five-time incumbent Democrat Maurice Hinchey.

He said he plans to finance his U.S. Senate campaign with personal funds until he establishes a base of support among New York State Republican and Conservative Committee Chairmen.

Richard Pergolizzi, the Brenner campaign's communications director, calls his boss the "anti-Hillary" candidate -- "an authentic, pro-active, caring human being."

According to his campaign, "Brenner has never hidden his dislike for incumbent Senator Clinton, whom he deems 'an opportunistic carpetbagger with her sights set on the White House.'"

Brenner received a B.A. from St. Lawrence University in 1962, and a J.D. from New York University of Law in 1965. He is a long-time member of the Grahamsville Volunteer Fire Department and a certified Emergency Medical Technician. He volunteered his legal services at Ground Zero after the World Trade Center attacks, coordinating legal assistance for 9/11 families.

Brenner has three children, two grandchildren, and a 'trademark' dalmation dog which regularly accompanies him on campaign stops -- to the amusement of children, families and political admirers, he says.