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Chris Cox for Congress campaign coalesces

First-CD wannabe Christopher Cox moved into Westhampton Beach last month to become a local voter. Now he is trying establishing credentials as an evnironmnetalist.

The New York League of Conservation Voters acknowledged that Cox was just named to the board of the League’s education fund Jan. 31, which does policy work on environmental issues. His father, Edward Cox, who is also state GOP chairman, happens to be chairman of the education fund.

However, Richard Amper, executive director of the Long Island Pine Barrens Society, called the move “a “poor early choice” by Cox. “Most Long Islanders don’t think much of the New York League...or its education fund,” he said. “It suggests he’s not very familiar with the environment on Long Island.”

(Cox update: Members of the 2008 McCain crew are joining up with the Cox effort, the Post's Maggie Haberman reports here.)

(Further update: Not that Cox is alone in the GOP hunt against targeted Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton). In case you missed, it was reported here that Assemb. Michael Fitzpatrick, who's been an actual political presence in the district, is seriously considering a run).

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