With so much interest from outside the district in Lee Zeldin's challenge to Sen. Brian Foley -- given that the state Senate majority may hang in the balance -- here is an updated response from Foley to Zeldin -- followed by Zeldin's followup, capturing the spirit of this contest going into the long weekend:
From the Foley camp:
"'Lee Zeldin has shown once again that he is out of touch with the district he seeks to represent, and out of touch with simple governmental operations. Since the governor has not agreed to the spending bill passed by the legislature and is taking his time vetoing portions of it, it is unclear at this point how much revenue will be needed to balance the budget. Another component of the situation is that the assembly must override the governor’s vetoes first, before the senate can consider it. Until these two pieces are done, there is no way of knowing how much revenue is needed to cover the portions vetoed by the governor and not overridden by the legislature. The prime supporters of Lee Zeldin in Albany, the same party of no that controls his campaign, are the ones that should be ashamed of themselves. They voted no to $600 million in school aid restoration which in turn was a yes vote to raising property taxes. Their stance on these issues has been reprehensible. To think that this shameful display by the Senate Republicans is the basis for Mr. Zeldin's last-ditch effort to raise money shows how far from reality his thinking really is,' said Jim LaCarrubba, Chief of Staff to Senator Foley."
From Michael Johnson, Zeldin's campaign manager:
"The words our campaign speak are the sentiments of the 3 million people here on Long Island who are fed up with politics as usual from career politicians like Brian Foley. Labeling Lee Zeldin as out of touch is extremely ironic because Brian Foley cast the deciding vote to create the MTA tax, eliminate our STAR Rebate checks, impose a fishing license and fee, cut Long Island's share of new state school aid and more. As for the budget process, in light of Mr. Lacarubba's statement, the people of Long Island look forward to Mr. Foley's revenue proposal to balance the budget once the Governor completes his vetoes this afternoon. "