David “Bull” Gurfein, who had been running to succeed retiring Democratic Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), has changed course to challenge Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City).
“I have every intention of running in the fourth district and winning,” said Gurfein, 50, a retired Marine lieutenant colonel. He says he will look to move into the district, south of where he now lives in Manhasset.
Gurfein filed the switch last week with the Federal Elections Commission and revealed it on Facebook. Nassau GOP chairman Joseph Mondello supports Gurfein and other party leaders are due to act on his nomination Thursday. The Conservative and Independence parties are cross-endorsing him.
Rice spokesman Coleman Lamb said she’s been so effective and independent, “the only person willing to challenge her lives outside our district. We won’t take anything for granted and Kathleen will campaign hard so that she can keep fighting for our community and Long Island in Congress.”
Gurfein said he sees no residency issue. He noted he grew up in Nassau County, lives within five minutes of the district, trained at the Marine reserve center in Garden City and spent summers as a teen at Jones Beach. “It’s all part of my hometown,” he said.