Dutchess County Comptroller Jim Coughlan picked up the endorsements today of the county’s Independence and Conservative parties in his bid to challenge Democratic Sen. Terry Gipson in November.
The third-party endorsements will help Coughlan’s bid. Gipson won the seat in 2012 in large part because the parties were divided: Conservatives backed Neil De Carlo over GOP incumbent Stephen Saland, who voted for same-sex marriage in 2011.
“I’m proud to accept the endorsements of the Independence and Dutchess Conservative parties and I want to thank Chairmen MacKay, Zack and Brilliant for their confidence. It is more critical than ever that we unite to win back the Senate and hold the line against the increasingly radical liberal agenda of Terry Gipson and Bill de Blasio,” Coughlan said in a statement.