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Suffolk: Ex-Assemb. Murray skips a Calarco challenge

Suffolk Republican and Conservative leaders tried to convince former Assemb. Dean Murray that he should revive his electoral career by taking on freshman Democratic lawmaker Rob Calarco this fall.

“It was suggested that it might be a good idea to run, but I decided against it,” said Murray. The newly married Murray said he demurred because he wants to spend time on building his business, which publishes several periodicals on finding fugitives, jobs and apartments as well as a paper devoted to pet lovers.

Instead the party chose local lawyer John Halverson.

Murray, who was ousted in a major upset by Democrat Assemb. Edward Hennessey last year, is waiting to see if party leaders come calling next year. He clearly is interested in a  rematch with Hennessey. “That’s something I’d really listen to,” he said.

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