U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who as of today has three ill-funded GOP opponents and two unfunded Democratic opponents, picked up the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton). This doesn't come as a big surprise, but Bishop is only the second Long Island congressman, after Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Roslyn Heights), to back Gillibrand. Recall that Reps. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) and Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) toyed with challenging Gillibrand but elected not to.
From her press release:
“Kirsten is the voice Long Island families need right now in the U.S. Senate,” Congressman Bishop said. “Suffolk County is the highest producing agriculture County in New York and Kirsten has provided a very strong voice for Suffolk farmers on the agriculture committee. From day one, we toured Brookhaven National Lab together and have been strong partners to make sure we continue to invest in Long Island's future. She’s delivering Long Island’s fair share from the federal government to hold the line on property taxes, rebuild our local economies and create new jobs. And she fights for our families and children the same way she would for her own children, to give them every opportunity to succeed. Kirsten is right for Long Island and all of New York, and I am proud to endorse her for U.S. Senate.”
“I am honored to have Congressman Bishop’s support and I am committed to continue working with him and all the leaders of Long Island to rebuild our economy and move New York in the right direction again,” said Senator Gillibrand. "There is no one more committed to fighting for Long Island than Congressman Bishop. He understands the need of Long Islanders and is fighting every day for real solutions to the challenges they face."
Also, Gillibrand's spokeswoman says the senator will be on Long Island Friday for events in Great Neck and Hempstead, where she'll announce specifics of federal help to fight heroin.