Despite Nassau Republican Chairman Joseph Mondello's support for Legis. Francis X. Becker, Frank Scaturro has announced he is continuing his campaign to become the GOP 's nominee against Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola), in the 4th C.D. The perception that Long Island's Democratic Congress members are beatable this year amid mid-term White House backlash is fueling other such competitions off and on Long Island -- see primarily the clash to carry the party's banner against Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop in the 1st C.D. Below is Scaturro's full statement. Note especially how he treats the matter of Mondello's political snub.
"For the past eleven months, I have had the privilege of meeting thousands of voters in the 4th Congressional District. I have heard the anxiety of so many for the future of our country. I have witnessed their patriotism. I have been gratified by the strong support they have given my campaign. They have done so with their time, their encouragement, and their financial support. We have raised more funds than any other Republican seeking this nomination and more than any other Republican challenger at this point in the cycle in the history of this congressional seat. This is due to hundreds of individual donors in this district who believe that I am the candidate who will finally unseat our current member of Congress.
“Carolyn McCarthy has repeatedly shown herself more responsive to the liberal Democratic leadership and special interest lobbyists than to the people who live under the increased burdens national Democrats continue to inflict upon them. Time and time again, McCarthy has voted for higher taxes, which are strangling small businesses, and regulations that have proven to be job killers in this economy. I will work to reverse this. At the same time, I will work my utmost to keep the United States militarily and economically strong and the people of our county safe and secure.
“After an unusually protracted process, I received word from Nassau County GOP Chairman Joseph Mondello that he has endorsed a new candidate in our district. Having only just been selected, this prospect has yet to put together a campaign.
“On and off for the last several months, over 13 prospective candidates have come and gone in the Republican primary while I have remained tireless and focused. I have not been outworked by any in my own party or any other party, and I believe that is why I have been the only candidate that has stood the test of time while building a formidable team of volunteers, donors, staff, and supporters. The amount of public trust, time, effort, and money that have constituted the groundwork of this campaign is staggering.
“The Chairman has asked me to support the latest prospect, but I must respectfully decline. There is much to be said for due deference to party leaders, but we must never allow such deference to override conscience or our sense of obligation to the people we aspire to serve. I cannot in good conscience dismantle the only viable campaign to unseat Carolyn McCarthy.
“Now is the time for all Republicans to unite behind the person most able to win this seat, the person most able to bring the concerns of the people of this district to the nation's capital, and the person most able to improve the lives of residents of this district. I believe I am that person. Over the next five months, I remain committed to running a principled and winning campaign until we take our country back in November."