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Huntington GOP want Grant Lally to challenge Suffolk Legis. William Spencer

Grant Lally at his law office on May

Grant Lally at his law office on May 13, 2014. Photo Credit: James Escher

Huntington Republicans are trying to enlist former three-time congressional contender Grant Lally to run against Suffolk Legis. William Spencer (D-Centerport) in November.

Toni Tepe, Huntington GOP chairwoman, said Lally, 53, of Lloyd Harbor, who practices civil law in Mineola, is weighing a campaign and agreed to give the GOP his answer within several days.

He'd be a good candidate, said Tepe, saying Lally ran well in parts of the town which are in the 18th legislative district, in his loss last year to nine-term Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington).

Lally won a Republican primary by only seven votes for the right to take on Israel, but lost 90,032-74,269 in the general election.

Earlier, Lally made two unsuccessful runs against former Rep. Gary Ackerman, a Democrat, in 1994 and 1996. Lally also worked for George W. Bush in the Florida presidential recount and on Irish-American issues.

Lally said he is undecided about a run and plans to speak to Suffolk GOP chairman John Jay LaValle about a possible candidacy.

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