Joe DioGuardi tried and failed to defeat U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., in 2010.
Now, he's throwing his support behind Wendy Long's campaign to defeat New York's junior U.S. senator.
Long's campaign announced DioGuardi's endorsement in a press release Monday. In the release, DioGuardi praises Long for being a fiscal conservative and called her the "only Republican" who can beat Gillibrand in the general election.
“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. Wendy Long is a fiscal conservative who will fight to cut spending, lower taxes, and shrink the ever growing national debt. But, most importantly, she is the only Republican who can defeat Kirsten Gillibrand, and that is why I am endorsing her for U.S. Senate.
“Wendy Long has what it takes to win this election, and I urge all New Yorkers who supported me in 2010 to join with me in electing her to the U.S. Senate in 2012.”
DioGuardi, who served two terms in the House of Representatives from 1985 to 1989, won a three-way GOP primary to face Gillibrand in 2010. Long is locked in a three-way primary as well, with Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos and U.S. Rep. Bob Turner vying for the Republican nod.
“Joe DioGuardi and I have a deep-seated belief in our nation, its Constitution, and the conservative Republican principles that we share. I’m proud to have his support and I’m proud to have the support of Joe, the first practicing certified public accountant elected to the U.S. Congress," Long said in a news release.
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