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Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) has endorsed Republican Grant Lally, who is running in the 3rd Congressional District Primary against Stephen A. Labate.
In a statement issued by Lally’s campaign on Thursday, King wrote: "I've known Grant for over 30 years and he is serious about the security of the country and keeping our neighborhoods safe. I need Grant to join me in Washington where we can make a real difference. I enthusiastically support Grant Lally for Congress."
King’s spokesman, Peter Fogarty, confirmed the endorsement.
Lally, a Mineola attorney who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1994 and 1996 against then-Rep. Gary Ackerman, said he was “glad” to receive King’s support.
“Together we will bring the voice of Long Island to Washington D.C.,” Lally said.
In 2012, King supported Labate, a Deer Park financial planner and Iraq War veteran who ran unsuccessfully as the Republican nominee against incumbent Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington).
During a June 2012 Labate campaign fundraiser, King said “we need people in our Congress, people like Steve who know what this battle is all about,” according a video of his remarks posted by Labate’s campaign on YouTube.
In response to King’s current endorsement of Lally, Labate’s campaign manager, Jesse Bohman, said: “ We don’t comment on endorsements, unless of course they are fabricated,” referring to questions over an e-mail Lally’s campaign sent out saying he received Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano’s endorsement. Mangano’s spokesman said he never issued the endorsement, but Lally said he believed the endorsement was forthcoming.
“In less than three weeks, the voters will decide who will represent the GOP against Steve Israel, and we look forward to winning their support,” Bohman said.