Frank Scaturro, a Republican candidate for the 4th Congressional District, gave a rousing speech to supporters on the steps of the county legislative building Saturday afternoon. The 38-year-old New Hyde Park resident hopes to unseat Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy in November and said it was time Washington had a new voice.
"Our current leadership has provided us with an onerous energy tax, a takeover of our healthcare system and an endless spending spree that has cost our taxpayers inordinate amounts of money," Scaturro said. "I will vote to repeal the recent healthcare takeover and fight against any cap and trade scheme that Congress has enacted in support of our environment."
Scaturro, one of several Republican candidates heading toward a September primary, said he would take a stand against the violation of human rights in the U.S and overseas.
"If elected I will fight to combat terrorism and American interests in other countries. It is time to crack down on the underworld of illegal immigration and human trafficking. I will stand with all our veterans, our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and Israel, our embattled ally in the Middle East," he said.
The Chaminade graduate made reference to former U.S President Theodore Roosevelt, whom he said stood for all things decent in our country.
"Roosevelt understood that his first duty was to the citizens of our country, not to his fellow politicians," he said. "There is too much bickering and finger-pointing in our Legislature today. We have lost sight of of what we are there for, the American people.
"If elected to Congress I will follow the beliefs of Teddy Roosevelt. That political office is a noble calling.That integrity and decency should take the highest place in our life. And most importantly that my loyalty will be with you, the American people."