Suffolk County Democrats rallied behind the winners of two congressional primaries Thursday night in Smithtown — a few blocks from where former Trump administration officials gathered at a fundraiser for Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley). At the Democratic rally outside Smithtown Town Hall, the party’s Suffolk chairman, Richard Schaffer, backed Liuba Grechen Shirley, winner of the Democratic primary in the 2nd Congressional District, and Perry Gershon, who won in the 1st District.
Schaffer told those at the Democratic rally that Grechen Shirley will win in November when she takes on Republican incumbent Peter King in the 2nd District. “I know that Liuba Grechen Shirley is going to make that run and be successful to finally defeat Peter King,” Schaffer said. “She ran a very impressive campaign … I have never seen a campaign that energized people as much” as Grechen Shirley’s did.
Grechen Shirley said, “Peter King has been in office since I was 12 years old and he does not represent the values of our district, and it is time for us to flip this seat blue in November.”