U.S. Senate candidate George Maragos raised some eyebrows the other day when he announced the endorsement of the “Conservative Party USA (NY)” on the same day that he, and other potential candidates, met with the far more influential New York State Conservative Party.
Asked about this last night on Inside City Hall, Mr. Maragos offered a round of apologies for the confusion.
“The Conservative Party USA endorsed me, it’s a small party. I apologize for the confusion that may have caused, because that’s a different party [from] the New York party headed by Mike Long,” he said. “I called Mike Long personally to apologize in that regard.”
“The timing was not good, but there was nothing misleading in the press release at all.”
Mr. Maragos is currently the only announced candidate seeking the Republican nomination to challenge Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Attorney Wendy Long is also considering the race, and although she’s unrelated to the Conservative Party Chairman, Mr. Long did offer her some direct praise after she and Mr. Maragos met with his party.