Former GOP Congressman and 2010 Senate candidate Joe DioGuardi endorsed attorney Wendy Long’s Senate campaign this afternoon, giving her the notable endorsement from the person who last went toe-to-toe against incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as Ms. Long seeks to do the same this year.
In the statement announcing the endorsement, Mr. DioGuardi, who was soundly defeated by close to a 30-point margin despite strong Republican performance in various congressional races across the state that year, stressed Ms. Long’s electability, declaring, “[M]ost importantly, she is the only Republican who can defeat Kirsten Gillibrand, and that is why I am endorsing her for U.S. Senate.”
Mr. DioGuardi, better known in non-political circles as the father of former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, also praised her platform on economic issues.
“Our nation is in a fiscal crisis unsurpassed since the Great Depression. We need bold and decisive action in Washington if we are to put Americans and New Yorkers back to work,” he said. “Wendy Long is a fiscal conservative who will fight to cut spending, lower taxes, and shrink the ever growing national debt.”
Ms. Long is battling against Congressman Bob Turner and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos for the June 26th Republican nomination. Whoever wins will have an uphill battle against Ms. Gillibrand in November given the state’s blue hue and Ms. Gillibrand’s monster fundraising operation.