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Suffolk Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory (D-Amityville) says he is “actively looking at” a run against Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) next year and has already met with Democrats in Washington about his possible candidacy.
Gregory’s trip caused him to miss the Suffolk Democrats’ spring dinner earlier this month. Of King, he said, “His moderate talk does not match his very conversative voting record.”
Gregory, 45, said his possible candidacy has no connection to the public hearings he’s called on the House Republican efforts to freeze college Pell grants for a decade. As a former Pell recipient, Gregory said, “The affordability of college is an issue very important to me ... it’s the only real ladder we have to upward mobility.”
King, 71, keeps a high profile as chairman of the House subcommittee on counterterrorism. He also is exploring a presidential run to highlight national security issues.
Seventy percent of King’s district is in Suffolk, having shifted in reapportionments. Democrats also have a slight enrollment edge over Republicans, 157,194 to 155,387, with another 113,234 unaligned with any party.
“If he runs, he runs,” King said. “I’ll face whatever Democrat they put up and I’ll be proud to run on my record.”