May 23, 2008

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It’s Lalor against Hall in the 19th Congressional District

Lalor and wife, Mary Jo at convention

MAHOPAC — Kieran Lalor, a novice in the political arena, will represent the Republican Party in the 19th Congressional District this fall.

Lalor, a former teacher, Iraqi War veteran and attorney, defeated Westchester County Legislator George Oros and former Congressman Joseph DioGuardi in a five county GOP nominating caucus held in Mahopac last Thursday night.

With 760 delegates casting ballots, Lalor tallied 347 votes to Oros’ 311 and DioGuardi’s 102.

The 19th CD encompasses all of Putnam County as well as sections of Dutchess, Westchester, Orange and Rockland. The seat is currently filled by John Hall who defeated six-term Congresswoman Sue Kelly two years ago.

Lalor told the delegates attending the caucus that he will become the “first Republican Iraqi War veteran to be in Washington. My campaign will reach out to Democrats, Conservatives and Independents as well as veterans who comprise one-sixth of the population of the 19th.”

Lalor described himself as an “average guy. I have the most in common with the people of this district. I am a regular guy who is struggling with the same kinds of things that my future constituents are. I am not a career politician.”

Lalor said his “unique background, passion and energy were all tailor made for the election. I know that I can beat John Hall.”

Oros said while passion was extremely important, “my enthusiasm has been tempered by perspective. I’ll leave the singing to John Hall but I’ll be the voice of the 19th CD.”

DioGuardi who served in the House of Representatives from 1985 to 1989, described himself as the “only practicing CPA ever elected to Congress. I’m a loud mouth with expertise who appeals to not only Republicans but Democrats, Conservatives and Independents as well.”

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