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Bridget Fleming, a Suffolk County legislator, announces campaign and files FEC papers to oppose three-term Republican Rep.Lee Zeldin in New York’s 1st Congressional District.
- “For too long, politicians like Lee Zeldin have prioritized President Trump at the expense of our priorities,” Fleming says in campaign video that emphasizes environmental protections and health care
- Fleming joins Democratic field that already includes Nancy Goroff, a chemistry professor who’s endorsed by EMILY’s List, and Perry Gershon, who’s seeking rematch after losing 51%-47% to Zeldin in 2018 election
- NOTE: District envelops eastern Long Island, including the Hamptons, and voted for Trump 54%-42% in 2016 and for Democratic Gov.Andrew Cuomo by 49.1%-48.6% in 2018
- Zeldin is a Trump ally though he bucked his party in voting this year to prohibit oil and gas leasing off Pacific and Atlantic Coasts and against 2017 Republican tax law that capped popular deduction for state and local taxes