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Suozzi decries Mangano 'Tea Party' stances

Democratic Nassau county executive candidate Thomas Suozzi issued a statement Monday attempting to tie Republican County Executive Edward Mangano to the looming federal government shutdown.

Suozzi, a Democrat, said Mangano “continues to proudly proclaim that he’s a conservative Tea Party Republican.” The statement then lists Democratic-sponsored gun control legislation that Suozzi claims Mangano has opposed. Suozzi said the measures include the proposal of Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) to toughen background checks on gun buyers and the state’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act, signed into law by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in January.

The SAFE Act -- which passed  the State Legislature in response to the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., last December –  bans the sale of high-capacity magazines, requires ammunition dealers to conduct background checks and calls for the creation of a state assault weapons registry.

 "Ed Mangano, on the eve of the Tea Party shutdown of the federal government, continues to proudly proclaim that he's a conservative Tea Party Republican." Suozzi said. "He ... supports the conservative agenda in Washington, and he must be held accountable."

Mangano spokesman Brian Nevin did not immediately respond to an email and call seeking comment. But when Suozzi’s campaign on Friday issued a similar statement attacking Mangano's record on gun control, following a fatal shooting in East Garden City, Nevin said the issue of gun control did not fall under the county’s jurisdiction.

“Tom Suozzi should focus more on his high tax-and-spend policies than his position on a matter that the county has no jurisdiction over,” Nevin said Friday.

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