Joe Carvin of Rye, one of Three Republican candidates for the newly configured 17th Congressional District seat currently occupied by Nita Lowey admitted to having voted for Barak Obama at a Westchester Tea Party meeting in White Plains today. Saying that it was a mistake, Carvin proceeded to defend his wife Rozlyn’s September 2011 contribution to Obama’s reelection campaign.
Although there appear two separate entries in FEC records, Carvin explained that his wife had attended a fundraiser hosted by Michelle Obama and had mistakenly overpaid the $500 expected contribution. Carvin conceded that today was the first time that he had attended a Tea Party function and when asked whether he would join the Tea Party Caucus in Congress if elected, he paused, and answered, “Sure, why not.”
Also speaking at Saturday’s Tea Party meeting were congressional candidates Jim Russell and Frank Morganthaler, both of Hawthorne, who emphasized their long affiliations with the Tea Party. Russell, who ran against Nita Lowey in 2010, stressed his leadership role in opposing the Westchester–HUD housing settlement and his efforts to stop illegal immigration. Morganthaler emphasized his allegiance to Tea Party ideals and noted that many NY congresspersons elected with Tea Party support had failed to join the Congressional Tea Party Caucus.
The Republican Congressional Primary will be held on June 26.
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