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Nassau: 2 Rep. hopefuls won't swear off primary

Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, left, and Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand

Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, left, and Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand talk at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. (Nov. 24, 2009) Photo Credit: Newsday File / Craig Ruttle

All but two of the half-dozen or so Republicans seeking to challenge U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola pledged they would not run a primary if they did not win the party nomination.
But hopefuls Frank Scaturro, a Hofstra law professor, and Daniel Maloney, a Tea Party favorite, refused to make the promise to the GOP screening committee, sources say.
Scaturro could not be reached but Maloney acknowledged he declined the pledge. “I would have to talk to the Tea Party groups,” he said. “If they want to do a primary then I’m all for it.”
Sources say Republican Chairman Joseph Mondello was not happy with their refusals. But spokesman Anthony Santino said only, “We’re looking to select the very best candidate who will put that seat back in republican hands.”

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