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O’Malley endorses Grechen Shirley in congressional primary

Former Democratic presidential primary candidate Martin O'Malley during

Former Democratic presidential primary candidate Martin O'Malley during a primary debate in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2015. Credit: AP / Charlie Neibergall

Former Maryland governor and Democratic presidential primary candidate Martin O’Malley on Monday endorsed Liuba Grechen Shirley in her Democratic primary bid to face Rep. Pete King (R-Seaford) in November.

Grechen Shirley will face DuWayne Gregory (D-Copiague), presiding officer of the Suffolk County Legislature, in the June 26 primary.

O’Malley will host an April 10 fundraiser for Grechen Shirley on Long Island, according to her campaign.

“Liuba is exactly the kind of fresh voice we need in Washington. She is a proven leader, both on Long Island as a community organizer and around the world as a development expert,” O’Malley said in a statement provided by the campaign.

O’Malley in 2016 ran for the Democratic presidential nomination but dropped his bid after finishing a distant third in the Iowa caucus.

Grechen Shirley called O’Malley “a dedicated public servant and national progressive leader.”

Daniele de Groot, a spokeswoman for Gregory’s campaign, said, “DuWayne has thousands of supporters locally and will proudly pit his support from Long Island elected officials, community leaders, and local organizations against the former governor of Maryland.”

Gregory’s endorsements include Suffolk Democratic Chairman and Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer, state Sen. John Brooks (D-Seaford) and state Assemb. Kimberly Jean-Pierre (D-Babylon).

Grechen Shirley has been endorsed by Assemblyman Phil Ramos (D-Brentwood), Assemblyman Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) and Amityville Mayor Dennis Siry.

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