Three candidates will square off for the chance to face U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as the Republican candidate in November’s general election.
Wendy Long; U.S. Rep. Bob Turner, R-Queens; and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos are the candidates in Tuesday’s Republican primary.
Long, a Manhattan-based attorney, has already received the endorsement of the state’s Conservative Committee. She has also received endorsements from a number of people including former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton, television personality John Bolton and state lawmakers Annie Rabbitt, Nancy Calhoun, Steve Katz, and William Larkin.
Turner, was elected to Congress last year during a special election, which was held to replace Democrat Anthony Weiner. Turner has received endorsement from former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former U.S. Rep. Guy Molinari, and radio personality Rush Limbaugh, along with GOP committees in Bronx, Queens, Albany, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster counties.
Maragos, who was elected to the comptroller’s seat in 2009, has received endorsement from Tea Party and GOP committee in Nassau and Suffolk counties. He has also received support from the following Nassau County-based state lawmakers: Dean Skelos, Jack M. Martins, Charles Fuschillo, Carl Marcellino; Michael Montesano, Brian Curran, David McDonough, Tom McKevitt, Joseph Saladino and Edward Ra.
Long received 47 percent of GOP delegate votes and in March during the Republican Convention in March, which was the most received by the three candidates.
But that momentum has slowed entering the primary, according to the results of a Siena Poll that was released June 11. The poll showed that Gillibrand held a lead of 38 percentage points over Turner, 42 points over Maragos and 43 points over Long.
The poll also showed that 70 percent of all Republicans are unsure who to vote for with Turner gaining the support of 16 percent followed Long at 11 percent and Maragos at 3 percent.
Below are brief snapshots of the candidates.
Residence Manhattan, NY Incumbent No Experience Served as a law clerk to Judge Ralph Winter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York, and then to Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States. Served as press secretary for U.S. senators William L. Armstrong, R-Colorado Gordon J. Humphrey, R-New Hampshire. Is a member of Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's Justice Advisory Committee,
Web site http://www.wendylongfornewyork.com
*Cash on Hand $112,396 *Disbursements $150,330
Residence Russell Gardens, NY Incumbent No Experience Elected as the Nassau County Comptroller in 2009. In 1989, founded SDS Financial Technologies and served as president for more than 20 years. Became vice president and director of North American treasury and telecommunications systems for Citibank in 1986. Web site www.maragos4ny.com *Cash on Hand $256,471 *Disbursements $947,600
Residence Rockaway Point, NY
Incumbent No Experience Elected as the U.S. Rep for the 9th Congressional District in 2011. He spent 40 years of his career in the highly competitive television industry and is responsible for a number of shows including Baywatch, Family Feud, The Phil Donahue Show, The Sally Jesse Raphael Show, The Jerry Springer Show, Fame and Rush Limbaugh. Web site www.turnerforny.com
*Cash on Hand $108,336 *Disbursements $688,258
* Figures are from candidate disclosures from the Federal Election Commission as of June 6, 2012.