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Avella clarifies stance on Bob Holden following Republican nomination

Avella clarifies stance on Bob Holden following Republican nomination
State Sen. Tony Avella
Photo by Michael Shain
By Mark Hallum

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) objected to a story published by TimesLedger Oct. 6 stating he had not pulled his endorsement for Bob Holden in the race against Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), clarifying that his endorsement for Holden was only for the Democratic primary and did not carry over into the Nov. 7 general election, in which Holden will run as a Republican following a Wilson Pakula vote nominating him at the most recent Queens County Republican Party meeting.

“I supported Bob in the Democratic primary, but I cannot support a Republican candidate,” Avella said in the Oct. 6 story.

Avella said the headline of the story, which read “Avella pulls endorsement for Holden,” was “misleading.”

Holden stated he did not see his nomination by the GOP as a step away from the Democratic Party, which he has claimed to be a member of for 44 years.

“They know me and it shows they know I’m popular in my community. I told them I remain a Democrat,” Holden said in regard to his nomination. “There were no negotiations and no strings attached. I won’t march in lockstep under the Republican banner. I don’t wear political labels anyway. I’m a community guy.”

Reach reporter Mark Hallum by e-mail at mhallum@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4564.

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