Ex-CNN Anchor John Avlon Announces Run for East End Congressional Seat

A former CNN anchor from Sag Harbor, John Avlon, declared Wednesday his Democratic primary bid to challenge U.S. Rep. Nick LaLota (R-Rocky Point), the congressman for the East End and North Shore of Suffolk County.

Avlon, the former editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast, made the announcement hours before the Suffolk County Republican Committee is expected to nominate LaLota’s campaign for a second term representing New York State’s 1st Congressional District during the local GOP convention in Smithtown on Wednesday night.