Posted on Capitol Tonight – Liz Benjamin’s Blog: Brooklyn/Staten Island Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis(60AD)- an early supporter of Conservative Party U.S. Senate Candidate Wendy Long:
Apr 13th – 11:28 am
U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long, currently in a three-way battle for the Republican nomination, netted the first formal endorsement of a state lawmaker: Staten Island Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis.
“With New York at the forefront of the Republican Party’s effort to regain control of the Senate, we carry the burden of nominating the most capable and dynamic candidate, unafraid to take the fight to an extremely well-financed U.S. Senator. As we struggle under the Obama-Gillibrand policies of reckless spending and big government programs like ObamaCare, Wendy Long is of the precise character, demeanor, and experience to carry the Republican banner in what will be among the country’s most important races. Her service under Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Court of Appeals Justice Ralph Winter instilled the ideals of judicial restraint and strict adherence to our Constitution. These are values that were proven through her successful efforts to ensure the confirmation of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, and have become so desired during this administration. Wendy Long is not only what New York needs, she is what our nation needs.”
Long, a Manhattan lawyer, is facing off against Rep. Bob Turner and Nassau Comptroller George Maragos.
Assemblyman Bill Reilich has not officially endorsed her, but he did vote for her as the preffered Republican candidate at the state convention in Rochester on March 18.
Long has sought to position herself a Republican female alternative to Gillibrand, who has made getting women involved in seeking public office a priority. Though it is relatively early in the race, polls do not look good for any of the Republicans seeking to deny Gillibrand a full six-year term.
Turner, who in part benefits from his name recognition as the Republican who won an upset special election last year, has seen some of the better numbers so far.