2006-03-01 / Features

Queens GOP Endorses Spencer To Run Against Clinton

Queens Republican Party Chairman state Senator Serphin Maltese announced yesterday that the county GOP organization has endorsed former Yonkers mayor John Spencer to run against incumbent United States Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in November.

Maltese lauded Spencer and compared him to former U.S. Senator Alfonse D’Amato, who Clinton defeated almost six years ago.

“John Spencer is the type of Reagan Republican who can win in New York state by appealing to middle-class voters from all parties,” Maltese said in announcing the endorsement.

“Just like Senator Alfonse D’Amato was able to win as a solid conservative Republican by focusing on cutting taxes, promoting economic development and delivering jobs,” Maltese added. “John Spencer will do the same.”

Vincent Tabone, Queens Republican vice chairman, who nominated Spencer for the endorsement, commented, “John is a decorated combat veteran who certainly understands and supports our troops. At a time of war this should not be overlooked.”

Spencer, in accepting the nomination, said he was honored by Maltese appointing him as the candidate. He called Maltese, “a highly respected and influential leader in the state of New York.” He said he looked forward to working with all Republicans to defeat Clinton in November.

Maltese noted that Queens County represents the third largest weighted Republican voting block in New York state and is very influential in Republican state politics. With the Queens County endorsement, he said, Spencer has secured more than 24 percent of the weighted convention vote, thus securing a spot on the Republican ballot.

—John Toscano

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