Several Republican bochincheros tell B&B that while Nicole Malliotakis was trounced across New York City by the incumbent alcalde, the assemblywoman has a future in politics.

“On balance, I think this was a positive for her,” was one opinion shared. There’s buzz that if Rep. Dan Donovan’s race against Michael Grimm gets too tight, “Nicole could benefit and jump in as the alternative to these two guys.” Wait, I thought that was New York City Councilman Joe Borelli’s plan?

“Nicole would get more traction as the option,” is the sentiment of this Republican. As complicated as this sounds, a bochinchero said: “I think anyone who takes that possibility off the table is foolish – so, maybe.” Will she or won’t she …