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First, Brookhaven Town Democratic chairman Tony Palatore endorsed David Calone for Congress. Then the town's executive committee formally backed him.

Now comes a letter from a majority of the 151-member town party committee backing their hometown candidate in the House race next year.

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The letter touts Calone, as a former federal prosecutor and a lifelong Democrat, as someone who "knows how to create jobs and has a distinguished record of protecting the environment as chair of the Suffolk County Planning Commission."

The letter includes 79 signatures, including 15 employees at the Suffolk Board of Elections and officials including Assemb. Steven Englebright (D-Setauket), Brookhaven Town board members Connie Kepert and Valerie Cartright.

The letter is aimed showing the strength of Brookhaven Democrats, who constitute 60 percent of the first congressional district in a potential primary where Calone would vie with Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, who has only recently switched her voter registration from the Independence Party.

However, 72 town committee members did not sign the letter and the membership of the town committee is far short of the full complement of 580, if there were two members for each of the town's 290 elections districts.

Barry McCoy, a state committee member and Calone supporter, said the party is working to fill more committee posts and expects to name 10 to 20 committee members in the next week.