Albany (June 12, 2014) – The National
Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today announced its support for State Senator Lee Zeldin in New York’s 1st Congressional
“New York is a tough place for small
business owners and no one has fought harder on their behalf than Lee Zeldin,” said
NFIB/New York State Director Mike Durant.
NFIB is the
country’s leading advocate for small business owners representing roughly 10,000 members in New York. The group endorses candidates based on their
voting record on key issues identified by its members such as health care,
taxes, labor and regulatory issues. NFIB
tracks votes at the state and federal
levels. In this term Zeldin
earned a 94 percent score on the NFIB Voting Record. He received a perfect 100 percent score in
the last term..
By contrast his
potential opponent, Rep. Tim Bishop,
has a lifetime 21 percent voting record on small business issues.
“Lee Zeldin has
been rock-steady on small business issues and Congressman Bishop simply hasn’t
been reliable,” said Durant. “Our members know they can count on Lee Zeldin
to represent their interests in Washington and we’re very proud to support his
NFIB Vice President Lisa Goeas, who heads the organization’s political and
grassroots operation, said it’s important for the country to have more people
in Washington like Lee Zeldin who
understand the importance of small business.
is the engine of job growth and prosperity and Lee Zeldin knows it,” she said.
“Every member of Congress and every candidate claims to care about small
business but many don’t have a voting record to match their rhetoric. Lee
Zeldin’s record in a tough state speaks for itself and we think he can be
very competitive in what could be a swing district this cycle.”
Zeldin’s endorsement was made by the NFIB SAFE Trust, the organization’s
political action committee. Surveys show
that small business owners are influential in their communities and NFIB
members in New York’s 1st Congressional
District will work hard this year to send Lee Zeldin to Washington.
For more information about NFIB, please visit www.nfib.com.