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Plenty of GOP candidates vying to oppose Rep. McCarthy

Republicans are lining up for the right to take on U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Garden City.)

Former Hempstead Village Mayor James Garner met Tuesday with ministers in Freeport to talk about a possible run, he said. “I’d say I’m about at the 51 percent mark now,” and leaning toward running, Garner said after the meeting.

Hofstra law prof Frank Scaturro has been raising money and making the rounds.

Rich Petrone of Garden City, describing himself as “a fiscally conservative Republican,” has started a Facebook page to push his candidacy.

Peter Zinno, former dean of students at East Meadow High school and former president of the Franklin Square Republican Club, is also in the running and has set up a Web page.

Daniel Maloney of Baldwin, who works in the finance arm of a home health care firm and gets warm praise from Tea Party people, said he is running.

Friends of Donald Clavin, the Town of Hempstead receiver of taxes, have been talking him up — but he passed. “I have a six-week old (baby) at home. Now is not the time,” Clavin said.

McCarthy's people had no comment.


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