LI Republicans Begin Entering Race For Congressman Peter King’s Seat

WCBS 880 Newsroom
November 14, 2019 - 6:26 pm
Trish Bergin Weichbrodt

Islip Town Republican Committee


NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The list of potential candidates continues to grow for Long Island Congressman Peter King’s seat in the House, just days after he announced he would not seek re-election.

On Thursday, Republican Trish Bergin Weichbrodt filed paperwork to declare her candidacy. She is currently surviving as a councilwoman in the Town of Islip.

“I’m excited to be considered to represent the residents of Long Island in Washington and on the forefront of the issues that affect us globally,” she told the New York Post.

Bergin Weichbrodt, 48, is a former TV news reporter and used to date rock star Billy Joel in the early 2000s.

In response to the news, a spokesman for Suffolk County Steve Bellone took to Twitter, joking “this race wasn’t long island enough? So, of course, we needed a Billy Joel angle to it somehow.”

Other republicans considering the race include former Congressman Rick Lazio and Suffolk Board of Elections Commissioner and Navy veteran Nick La Lota.