EDITORIAL: Newsday's endorsement in the 3rd State Senate District

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In this battle the challenger, Republican Lee Zeldin, is scary because he hasn't shown what he can do. The incumbent, Democratic Sen. Brian Foley, is scary because he has.

Foley, 52, from Blue Point, won the seat two years ago, just in time to take part in the first Democratic majority in decades. The term was unkind to Long Island, and Foley couldn't stem the damage. He was duped into supporting the Metropolitan Transportation Authority payroll tax because, he says, he was promised it would be proportionate to use, which would have made Suffolk County's burden 70 percent less than it is. He still believes it will be made proportionate, a complete fairy tale.

Zeldin, 30, from Shirley, is an attorney and captain in the Army Reserves. He says he would have voted against the MTA tax and wants to fight the power monopoly New York City enjoys in the State Legislature.

Zeldin previously ran unsuccessfully for Congress buthas been able to garner fundraising help from sources outside the state so conservative they support seizing nearly every power from the federal government and vehemently fighting the separation of church and state. That's worrisome.

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But Foley has already proven he isn't up to job. If elected, Zeldin should reject ultraconservative views even if he accepts ultraconservative money.

Newsday endorses Zeldin.

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