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Newt Gingrich to raise $$ for John Gomez

And now for some news that doesn't involve Steve Levy and Rick Lazio.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is Long Island-bound for a $500-a-head fundraiser for John Gomez, the Republican former talk radio host running against Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington). The shindig is set for June 24 at former State Parks Commissioner Bernadette Castro's Lloyd Harbor home, Gomez spokesman James Dobkowski tells us. 

The event will be Gomez's first fundraiser.

"He's met the speaker several times," Dobkowski said. "(Gingrich) said, 'Whatever you need, I'm willing to help.'"

For what its worth, a Gingrich spokeswoman said the event is not yet confirmed on his calendar.

Dobkowski said "John swims in pretty large circles" and that he expects GOP heavyweights like former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to appear at fundraisers for him in the coming months.

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