State Assemblyman Fred Thiele (I-Bridgehampton), who came to office on the Independence Party ballot line but caucuses with the Democrats, was expected to enter the Long Island Democratic congressional primary to eventually oppose two-term Rep. Lee Zeldin (D-Shirley/Smithtown). But, he will not run. Yesterday, Assemblyman Thiele announced his plan to seek re-election to the state legislature. There are still six announced candidates vying for the party congressional nomination, however. Therefore, the Democrats will field a credible challenger to the sophomore incumbent. In 2016, Mr. Zeldin scored a strong 55-40% re-election victory while President Trump was recording a similar 54-42% district win over Hillary Clinton.
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