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Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John R. Bolton will appear at a fundraiser early next month for Republican congressional candidate Bruce Blakeman, Blakeman’s campaign announced Friday.
Bolton, who served under President George W. Bush, will be the keynote speaker at a Sept. 4 event for Blakeman at a home in Lawrence, where tickets range from $500 to $5,200. The former ambassador is now a regular Fox News commentator, and a vocal critic of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy decisions, ranging from Iraq to Israel.
Blakeman, of Long Beach, is a former presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature vying to succeed Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) in the 4th Congressional District. He faces Kathleen Rice, of Garden City, the third-term Nassau district attorney.
Both candidates have sought to highlight their interest in international relations at various points during the campaign. Blakeman, who is Jewish, has been vocal in his support of Israel during its conflict in Gaza, and will soon be returning to the county for a visit. Rice also recently traveled there and said she was committed to strengthening the district’s bond with Israel.