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Jun 18, 2014 11:39 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Congressional Hopeful Gets Helping Hand From Ousted Republican Party Leader

Jun 18, 2014 11:39 AM

As next week’s primary election approaches, one Republican candidate hoping to unseat longtime U.S. Representative Tim Bishop of Southampton this fall received a helping hand from a high-profile House Republican who had a difficult primary of his own just a few days prior.

State Senator Lee Zeldin of Shirley, the Republican nominee running for New York’s 1st Congressional District, was joined on the campaign trail last week in both Westhampton Beach and Quogue by outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who was upset in his primary election in Virginia’s 7th District.

Despite Mr. Cantor’s loss on June 10 to economics professor Dave Brat—the first time a sitting House Majority leader has fallen in a primary election since the position was created in 1899—Mr. Cantor appears to have been able to drum up support for Mr. Zeldin, who has drastically lagged behind his primary opponent, George Demos, in campaign spending.

“We raised [$100,000] and Cantor discussed the need to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, cut the federal deficit, protect Israel and elect conservative Republicans, including Zeldin, who will ‘preserve liberty and promote opportunity,’” Chapin Fay, Mr. Zeldin’s campaign manager, wrote in an email.

Mr. Zeldin will face off against Mr. Demos in the Republican Party primary this Tuesday, June 24, with the winner taking on Mr. Bishop in the general election in November.

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... I am not so sure Cantor can offer a helping hand, more of a liability.
By William Rodney (561), southampton on Jun 20, 14 11:57 AM