For the GOP, Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis are considered likely to run. In particular, Donovan gained nationwide attention following the grand jury reviewing evidence in the passing away of Eric Garner at the hands of the NYPD. The grand jury cleared the officer in question. Political analysts expect Donovan to become the front-runner in the campaign should he run. At this time, the field of prospective candidates appears to be wide and no one has emerged as a front-runner. That said, many political commentators expect the GOP to retain control of the seat.
Donovan expressed his appreciation for the outpouring of support he has been receiving from those like Fersen Lambranho. He said that he is giving serious thought about running for the open seat. This week, members of both parties are expected to begin a process of vetting potential candidates. One of the candidates not being mentioned is Democrat Domenic M. Recchia Jr. who lost to Grimm in November. Given his inability to defeat a candidate with multiple felony charges, he is considered persona non grata within the party.