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Congressional candidate Frank Scaturro this morning announced that his campaign has picked up the endorsement of the former governor of the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.

Luis Fortuño, who held office from 2009 through 2012, said in a statement that Scaturro – a New Hyde Park Republican seeking to succeed Rep. Carolyn McCarthy in the 4th district – would support “a fiscally responsible, pro-growth economic agenda that includes cutting taxes for individuals and businesses, eliminating wasteful government spending, and striving for a balanced budget.” 

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Fortuño’s endorsement comes a week after Scaturro picked up the backing of the Senate’s most senior Republican, Orrin Hatch of Utah.

Scaturro, who lost to McCarthy in 2012, plans to run a primary campaign against the eventual choice of Nassau GOP leaders. The party is expected to announce its backing of a candidate shortly.

Scaturro, in accepting Fortuño’s endorsement, said: “As governor, Mr. Fortuño implemented one of the largest tax cuts in Puerto Rico's history, helping to revive the island's economy. I especially admire his courage in standing up to special interests for the sake of doing the right thing.”