Roger Stone, a veteran political operative and a close ally of President Donald Trump, has asked his mailing list to support Republican Dan DeBono, who is looking to oust freshman Democratic Rep. Tom Suozzi.
Stone made the endorsement of DeBono when he posted a link to a fundraising page for DeBono on Facebook, stating, “Please endorse this pro-Trump Navy Seal for Congress,” next to a photo of DeBono, a former Navy Seal, in camoflage using a military weapon.
Stone has been a focus of the inquiry by special counsel Robert Mueller into whether Trump associates worked with Russian operatives who were trying to tip the 2016 election in Trump’s favor.
The endorsement came a day after Stone, under the banner “Stone Cold Truth,” sent his mailing list a lengthy letter signed by DeBono touting his conservative credentials and labeling Suozzi an “unhinged” liberal.
Above DeBono’s letter Stone stated: “We are excited to share with you a special message from one of our sponsoring advertisers, DeBono for Congress. It is also sponsors like them that help fund Stone Cold Truth.”
DeBono said he has an email campaign underway, but has not paid Stone or Stone Cold Truth for advertising. DeBono speculated that Stone Cold Truth may have used his letter on their own because “they need content.” Stone did not return calls for comment.
DeBono said he briefly met Stone once last February at a Queens GOP event headlined by Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley).
“I really don’t know who he is; he’s of another generation,” said DeBono, 49, of Northport, now an investor.
But “if he’s a Republican strategist I’m not surprised he wants to support a Republican candidate who wants to make the world a better place.”
Kim Devlin, Suozzi’s campaign consultant, said, “Dan DeBono is a right-wing extremist, an ardent supporter of unfettered access to guns, who opposes any type of common sense reforms and is now involved in shady dealings with an unethical right wing fanatic like Roger Stone. He's out of touch with reality and the people of Long Island and Queens."
The Third District covers parts of Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties.