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Conservative leader agrees candidates should shun Indie Party

New York Conservative Party chairman Michael Long on

New York Conservative Party chairman Michael Long on Feb. 13, 2006. Credit: AP / Tim Roske

From the strange-bedfellows department, perhaps, comes Conservative Party chairman Michael Long's reaction to the story by Celeste Hadrick Wednesday reporting that Jay Jacobs, Nassau Democratic chairman, has called on politicians from both major parties to reject the Independence Party nomination, thus denying it automatic ballot status.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who would most likely get the party's nod when he runs for re-election in November -- ballot status depends on a party getting 50,000 votes in a gubernatorial election -- has yet to make a response known.

On the state Conservatives' website Wednesday comes this posting:

Chairman Mike Long seldom agrees with former Democratic State chairman and current Nassau County Democratic chair Jay Jacobs, but when he read in that Jacobs is urging the candidates for governor to reject  the Independence Party line, chairman Long found himself in complete agreement with chairman Jacobs on this issue.

 Newsday (via subscription only) has been delving into questions concerning the Independence Party and the role it plays in elections and many questions remain unanswered.  With so many looming problems, chairman Long joins with chairman Jay Jacobs in urging Mr. Cuomo and Mr. Astorino to reject the Independence Party nomination.


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