State Sen. Lee Zeldin seriously mulling a race for Congress and experts to make a decision within about several weeks, according to high level political sources.
Zeldin, the sources say, has been wooed by major donors and the national Republican campaign committee to make a rematch with Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton). The sources say he has to make a decision soon to begin fundraising for what is likely to be a multi-million dollar race.
Should Zeldin run for Congress he would have to give up the chance to run for re-election to his Senate seat, which straddles the south shore of Brookhaven and Islip, and could not use the $205,000 he’s raised for state Senate camapaigns in the federal race. He may also incur the wrath of senate Republican officials who invested heavily in helping him win his Senate seat.
Sources also say former Assemblyman Dean Murray has already expressed interested in pursuing Zeldin’s Senate seate if the Shirley lawmaker runs for Congress.
(Zeldin ran against Bishop in 2008).