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Legis. Kevan Abrahams set to raise funds for House race

Nassau Legislator Kevan Abrahams along with other democratic

Nassau Legislator Kevan Abrahams along with other democratic legislators, in Mineola, address recent probe and firing of police commissioner Thomas Dale and call on Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice to pursue charges against Dale for his role in a politically motivated arrest. (Dec 16, 2013) Credit: Howard Schnapp

Nassau County Legislative Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams has become the first Democrat to create a fundraising committee for a potential 4th Congressional District run.

Abrahams, of Freeport, filed his statement of organization with the Federal Election Commission on Friday to form "Friends of Kevan Abrahams."

The filing, posted to the FEC website Tuesday, officially creates Abrahams' "principal campaign committee" for the seat, records show. It lists political consultant Jeff Guillot -- spokesman for Democrat Thomas Suozzi's unsuccessful bid for Nassau County executive last year -- as treasurer.

Guillot said Tuesday that the filing simply allows Abrahams to raise money as he explores a run. He noted that the legislator will hold his first fundraiser Wednesday night at a cigar club at The Carltun restaurant in Eisenhower Park. Tickets range from $1,000 to $2,600 apiece.

Abrahams recently said the results of his fundraising will determine whether he's able to wage a primary fight for the House seat, which Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) will relinquish at year's end.

"Kevan is very seriously considering this," Guillot said Tuesday. "He's an outstanding fundraiser and he's doing all the right things right now."

National Democratic Party leaders, led by Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), have aggressively courted Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice to run for the seat, but she has yet to announce her intentions. They have said they wouldn't discourage any other candidates from running in a primary.

Others Democrats seeking party support include Nassau Legis. Dave Denenberg of Merrick and Malverne Village Mayor Patricia Norris-McDonald.

On the GOP side, party officials are courting Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray. Other candidates seeking Republican support include Nassau Legis. Francis X. Becker Jr. of Lynbrook and attorney Frank Scaturro of New Hyde Park, both of whom lost to McCarthy in 2012. Becker and Scaturro still have active federal campaign committees, but each has less than $600 on hand, as of their most-recent filings last fall. Political analysts have said candidates will need to spend at least $2 million to run a competitive race in the 4th district.

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