This morning, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos announced another notable endorsement in his quest for the Republican nomination to challenge Senator Kristen Gillibrand. The Queens County Republican Party threw its support to Mr. Maragos, which should place him over the 25% threshold he needs at the state convention to automatically be on the primary ballot this June.
“New York is a melting pot of immigrants from all over the world who have built our great city and in doing so have achieved the American Dream,” Queens County Republican Chairman Phil Ragusa said in a statement about the Greek-born Mr. Maragos. “George Maragos is an example of the American Dream and will be an outstanding voice in Washington for the best interest of all New Yorkers. The Queens County GOP proudly endorses Mr. Maragos.”
In the same statement, Mr. Maragos said he was “deeply honored and humbled by the endorsement of Chairman Ragusa” and attacked Ms. Gillibrand for “consistently voted for bills that have destroyed or sent thousand of jobs overseas, many from right here in Queens.”
Recently, Mr. Maragos received the endorsement of the state’s top Republican official, Majority Leader Dean Skelos, as well.
He is competing against two other Republican candidates for the nomination: Rye Town Supervisor Joe Carvin, who’s also a hedge-fund manager, and attorney Wendy Long.