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The talk of the courthouse in Mineola has been that Justice Edward W. McCarty of state Supreme Court, a former prosecutor, would like to be district attorney one day.

So it took the courthouse gossips by surprise when he was nominated recently by the GOP  to run for surrogate — the judgeship with the powers to dole out legal work to lawyers.

McCarthy spent 14 years as an assistant district attorney in Mineola before becoming a District Court judge in 1985, and a state Supreme Court justice in 1992.

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His competition is incumbent Surrogate John Riordan, the first Democrat to hold the position post-World War II. He got elected in 2000 when county financial troubles were weakening the Republican’s iron grip on county government.