Tom O'Hara, the Brentwood Republican seeking to challenge state Sen. Brian X. Foley (D-Blue Point), announced just now that he is suspending his campaign for the GOP nomination.
During the past few months I have met met thousands of folks looking forward to being part of a movement to bring positive change to Albany and correcting the New York City special interests' influence in Islip and Brookhaven. This deep sentiment has caused me to re-examine my role in bringing about a successful outcome on Election Day. After consulting with family and friends it is with a heavy heart that I have decided to suspend my efforts to seek the Republican nomination for the New York State Senate in the Third Senatorial District. I would like to publicly thank all those who supported my efforts and assure them that I will continue my life-long commitment to making Long Island a better place and always provide leadership in the spirit of the campaign motto -- "for all the right reasons."
O'Hara's departure leaves Shirley attorney Lee Zeldin as the lone GOP candidate in the race against Foley, whom local and state Republicans see as vulnerable in this November's election.
O'Hara, a manager in the Suffolk County Office of Emergency Management, had raised $9,890, according to campaign finance reports filed in January. Zeldin had raised $142,208 and had $100.449 cash on hand. Foley has $111,932 on hand.