Thiele Throws His Support Behind Fleming In 1st District Congressional Race

Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming. PRESS FILE

Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming, who is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin, this week announced that State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. had endorsed her candidacy.

“The 1st Congressional District needs a champion who will roll up her sleeves and get to work for the people we serve,” Ms. Fleming said in a release. “I’m honored that Fred agrees I’m the best candidate to take the fight to Lee Zeldin so we can do that. I’m excited for him to join me out on the campaign trail.”

The release stated that Mr. Thiele had endorsed Ms. Fleming because of his confidence that she would make the East End a priority, her strong stance on environmental issues, and her past experience as a prosecutor.

“I’m excited to endorse her for Congress. I stand ready to do all I can to make sure Bridget is our district’s first congresswoman,” Mr. Thiele said in the release.

Mr. Thiele’s endorsement is the latest in a series. Ms. Fleming has recently announced endorsements from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 25; DuWayne Gregory, the former presiding officer of the Suffolk County Legislature; the current presiding officer, Rob Calarco; legislators Al Krupski, Tom Donnelly, Dr. William Spencer and Sam Gonzalez; East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc; and Shelter Island Supervisor Gerard Siller.

Ms. Fleming announced last week that she’d raised almost $250,000 after only a month in the race.

Two other candidates are also seeking the Democratic nomination: Perry Gershon, an East Hampton businessman who ran unsuccessfully against Mr. Zeldin in 2018; and Nancy Garoff, a Stony Brook University chemistry professor.