The Suffolk Conservative Party has endorsed Republican Lee Zeldin for the 3rd Senate District race against freshman Democrat Brian Foley.
Walsh said Zeldin was chosen over two Islip contenders Tom O’Hara, a Suffolk emergency services official, and Tax Pac-er Andrea Vecchio. All three were interviewed by the 30 member executive committee in West Babylon Wednesday night and the choice of Zeldin was unanimous.
The decision is not surprising given that Zeldin has swamped O’Hara in fundraising by $100,000 to about $10,000, and Suffolk and Islip Conservative chairman Edward Walsh's relations with Islip GOP boss Frank Tantone range from strained to hostile.
The endorsement comes as O’Hara, a Suffolk emergency services official, had scheduled a $25-per-person fundraiser Sunday at the Patchogue VFW. O’Hara did not return calls for comment.