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Before Al D’Amato endorsed Dina De Giorgio, the sophomore GOP councilwoman running for North Hempstead Town supervisor, the former three-term U.S. senator from New York took a moment to criticize national Republicans.

He did not mince words.

“I think you’ve got to be a jackass to be voting against background checks for people,” he said, a day after a gun control drive in the Senate was defeated and President Barack Obama declared the day as “shameful.”

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“Do you really think that our forefathers would have said that the local kook should walk around and own a weapon? I don’t think so,” he added.

Explaining the rebuke, he said: “I’m a Republican, I’m not always very proud with the way our party has been doing lately, particularly on the national level.”

In her remarks, De Giorgio called D’Amato “an all-time Long Island rock star.”