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The Nassau Tax Revolt line helped Republican Ed Mangano last year in his unlikely win for the county executive's office. He drew more than 5,700 votes on its had-hoc ballot spot in an election he famously won by less than 400 votes. This year, the county GOP has had more than 25 candidates for various offices file Tax Revolt petitions, from Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos of Rockville Centre to Rep. Peter King of Seaford. Bruce Blakeman, Nassau-rooted GOP candidate for U.S. Senate, even seems to claim proprietorship of the line in this statement. About a half-dozen county GOP candidates were denied the ballot line for such things as insufficient numbers of signatures and a couple have had objections filed by their foes. This is, by the way, not to be confused with the "Tea" Party line microbrewery in which some local Independence Party folks are involved, or the rival "Taxpayers" line concocted by GOP governor candidate Carl Paladino.

Nassau Democrat David Mejias, challenging Sen. Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City) in the 6th district, did some recent mocking of the ad-hoc party, calling it a case of "Hannon v. Hannon" given past votes to raise taxes.