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7th S.D.: DNC member Robert Zimmerman hosts fete for GOP'er Martins

He may be a Democratic national committee member, but Robert Zimmerman held a campaign brunch at his Great Neck home Sunday for Republican State Sen. Jack Martins of Mineola.

Zimmerman called Martins ”an exemplary public official” and said afterward he had about 40 to 50 community, civic and elected people in for a “meet and greet” with Martins. “I’m a proud Democrat, but my community and Long Island come before partisanship,” he said.

Democratic challenger Adam Haber’s spokesman Jacob Tugendrajch declined to comment on Zimmerman’s role but accused Martins of being a “pay to play” lawmaker who has blocked campaign finance reform. He added Haber has gotten “positive reactions from Republicans and Democratics alike.”

Update: GOP consultant E. O'Brien Murray renewed some allegations in response to Haber's allegation involving campaign finance reform when he volunteered this response to the preceding item, by Rick Brand, on Sunday evening:

"It’s amazing that multi-millionaire commodities trader Adam Haber who is trying to buy a senate seat with $279,500 (so far) lies about participating in a primary, files his pre-primary reports after the primary, 14 days late and 45 days late thinks he can lecture about campaign finance reform."


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