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Becker Kicks Off Campaign for Rematch Against McCarthy

The Nassau County Legislator lost in 2010 to the Democratic incumbent.

Nassau County Legis. Francis Becker recently announced that he will seek a congressional bid to New York's 4th district, two years after losing to Rep. Carolyn McCarthy in 2010.

The Lynbrook resident still needs to gain the Republican nomination for the election - Becker will square off against Frank Scaturro, whom he defeated in 2010 for the nomination. Party primary elections are scheduled for June 26.

“The overwhelming support I’ve received during the petitioning period has been tremendous. I’m extremely grateful to all my campaign volunteers, as well as each and every Committeeperson, who helped carry my designating petition throughout Nassau County,” Becker said. “We’re gaining the momentum we need to trounce my primary opponent and then outperform our underachieving Congresswoman at the polls."

McCarthy defeated Becker in 2010 for a bid to the 4th Congressional District seat, 89,828 votes to 77,483.

Becker is a long-time Lynbrook resident and graduate of Lynbrook HS. He is the first elected representative of the 6th Legislative District in the Nassau County Legislature, and has been re-elected for nine consecutive terms. Becker won re-election in 2011 over Democrat Anthony Gonzalez, capturing 69 percent of the vote.

Candidates for Congress in New York’s 4th Congressional District needed to submit a minimum of 938 valid petition signatures on the major party lines, Becker submitted more than 13,200, while McCarthy submitted just 2,800, according to a release. McCarthy declined to comment Monday.

“The petitioning process is not easy, especially in New York,” Becker said.  “However, I’m humbled to be gaining traction among our neighbors.  I never imagined we’d be five times more successful than my opponent, who has been part of the Washington establishment for the better part of almost two decades.”

Do you plan on voting? Tell us in the comments.

SLJ April 24, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Since McCarthy doesn't even live in her district anymore, tihs should be a no-brainer.
GCRes1 April 25, 2012 at 08:02 PM
If Becker couldn't beat McCarthy in 2010, when Democrats everywhere went down in flames, why would the Nassau County Republicans back Becker AGAIN in 2012? The County Republicans, who are, let's face it, an embarrassment to real conservatives everywhere, should let a new candidate step up.
LJ April 26, 2012 at 12:16 AM
I have no issue with Becker but he has already had a shot at this. I will be voting for Frank Scaturro in the Republican primary. He is young and smart. Chaminade HS and Columbia University grad. Had a lot to do with getting the Grants Tomb monument in NYC renovated while he was only a college student, by forcing the feds to live up to their responsibilities. Now THAT is someone we need in Washington!!!
GCBob June 05, 2012 at 01:24 PM
I agree that Frank Scaturro should be the candidate. He is smart, knows the issues when asked and has some well throughout answers unlike Mr. Becker, who seems to just quote the parties sound bites. New faces with new visions are what we need now.
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