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1st C.D.: Cox hails backing of Assemb. Fitzpatrick in primary

Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick with the Suffolk County Homeowners

Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick with the Suffolk County Homeowners Tax Reform Commission. (January 11, 2007) Photo Credit: NEWSDAY/Audrey C.Tiernan

Assemb. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-Smithtown), in photo above, is endorsing Christopher Cox in the GOP contest to challenge Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton).

Fitzpatrick, who's been honored by the state Conservative Party as the state's most conservative lawmaker,  considered a run of his own for the seat but chose to seek re-election.

“I’m eager to help Chris Cox fight for Long Island on the fiscal issues which plague our nation as they plague New York State,” Fitzpatrick declared, as conveyed by the Cox campaign.

“It’s time that the voters of Suffolk County know that Tim Bishop votes more in line with Nancy Pelosi than even Charlie Rangel. After eight years in the Assembly, I already know what damage New York City Democrats have done to the taxpayers of Long Island,” said Fitzpatrick. “I know that Chris will fight a federal government run amok, so Washington will not continue to send us deeper into debt and mortgage the future of our children and grandchildren. Chris Cox is a true conservative and, with the help of principled conservatives and Tea Party supporters, poised to win in November.”

Earlier the Cox camp reacted to rival George Demos inviting others to write his name in on the Conservative Party ballot with this broadside:

"The real conservative in the race,Chris Cox, is still waiting for the thank you letter from George Demos for doing all the hard work with the courageous Conservatives and Tea Party patriots that opened up a Conserative Party primary. George is like the little boy standing on the diving board, ready to leap, shouting 'Look at me. Look at me!' Trouble is, he forgot to look down and see that the swimming pool is empty."

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