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Becker Kicks Off Campaign for Rematch Against Congresswoman McCarthy

The Nassau County Legislator lost in 2010 to the Democratic incumbent whose 4th Congressional District is adding majority of Wantagh under redistricting plan.

Nassau County Legis. Francis Becker, R-Lynbrook, recently announced that he will seek a congressional bid to New York's 4th district, two years after

The Lynbrook lawmaker still needs to gain the Republican nomination for the election. Becker will square off against Frank Scaturro, whom he defeated in 2010 for the nomination. Party primary elections are scheduled for June 26.

The 4th Congressional District under a redistricting plan  by a three-judge Federal Court panel. The entire Wantagh community had previously been covered by Rep. Peter King, R-Seaford. 

“The overwhelming support I’ve received during the petitioning period has been tremendous," Becker said. "I’m extremely grateful to all my campaign volunteers, as well as each and every Committeeperson, who helped carry my designating petition throughout Nassau County...We’re gaining the momentum we need to trounce my primary opponent and then outperform our underachieving Congresswoman at the polls."

McCarthy  for a bid to the 4th Congressional District seat, 89,828 votes to 77,483.

Becker is a long-time Lynbrook resident and graduate of He is the first elected representative of the 6th Legislative District in the Nassau County Legislature, and has been re-elected for nine consecutive terms. Becker won , capturing 69 percent of the vote.

Candidates for Congress in New York’s 4th Congressional District needed to submit a minimum of 938 valid petition signatures on the major party lines, Becker submitted more than 13,200, while McCarthy submitted just 2,800, according to a release. McCarthy declined to comment.

“The petitioning process is not easy, especially in New York,” Becker said.  “However, I’m humbled to be gaining traction among our neighbors.  I never imagined we’d be five times more successful than my opponent, who has been part of the Washington establishment for the better part of almost two decades.”

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Chris Wendt April 25, 2012 at 10:13 AM
While most of Wantagh has been removed from Pete King's (new) Congressional District, Pete King will remain in Congress and continue to do an outstanding job for all of us. The good news from this is that McCarthy's (new) Congressional District has just picked up most of us in Wantagh, which has traditionally strong Republican support, making a horse race out of the coming election between her and Becker. How am I voting? For Fran Becker, without a doubt!
EJB April 25, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Glad to see Fran Becker back in the race. Have never been a fan of McCarthy whom I always considered a "pity" politician. Also, we need someone that may, hopefully, carry on Pete King's tradition of service to this district.
Joe April 25, 2012 at 02:54 PM
I liked her stand on gun control, but I always felt we needed more.
Chris April 25, 2012 at 07:29 PM
The Congresswoman suffered a tragedy I am sure she is a very nice person. It just does not make sense to me that she is against the lawful right to carry a gun. If her poor husband and son had a valid permit to carry a gun for their own protection, they might be alive today. Why is it that government is doing everything it can to make it difficult for the average citizen to protect themselves. We have seen time and time again that Government does a lousy job in protecting us. Crime is going up and Government is laying off cops ! Back round checks, training and education can make it safe for lawful carry of firearms.
Chris Wendt April 25, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Look, we have umpteen restrictions on gun possession, gun purchasing, and gun registration, all bordering on abridging our constitutional right to bear arms. I am sure there are many people like yourself who still feel we need more "gun control", and many others, much more numerous and vocal who would disagree, as I do. But gun control or lack of it is not one of this country's priorities, and will likely prove to have been a far too limited political agenda for Carolyn McCarthy to garner another term in Congress. There are many much more important issues confronting us, and Fran Becker can better address those really pressing issues better that McCarthy has been able to do in all here years on the Hill.
Joe concerned citizen...not the plumber May 10, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Being in Law Enforcement, I havent seen a perp with a "VALID PERMIT" nore has any of my partners...Gun Control only controls the person who follows the laws to begin with

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