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Republican Congressional candidate John Gomez is not only best friends with conservative pundit Sean Hannity, he is also getting a hand from another right-leaning radio host Mark Levin.
Levin (pronounced le-VIN), heard locally on WABC radio, has sent out an endorsement letter for Gomez, himself an ex-radio pundit. Levin praised Gomez saying “he will defend your liberty, private property rights, and the constitution” and assailed his opponent Rep. Steve Israel as a “radical liberal and top general” of House speaker Nancy Pelosi.
But Levin’s e-mail has also brought a complaint from 22 Democratic women, including Hillary Clinton’s 2006 Long Island campaign chair Maureen Liccione, former Suffolk Lawmaker Nora Bredes and former state Democratic chair Judith Hope. They want Gomez to return money he gets from Levin’s appeal, citing his well known on-air “sexist” and “misogynistic“ remarks, include calling Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “her thighness,” and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayer as “Ruth Bader Ginsburg plus about 50 pounds.” Gomez said he will not return money and partisian criticism is overblown. "Mark Levin is misunderstood by some but he is brilliant and hilarious and has a great sense of humor," Gomez said.

Lindsay Hamilton, a spokesman for  Israel, said, “This is a campaign by right wing radio hosts for a right wing radio host.”