Long Island Rep. Peter King may have an irascible relationship these days with his own party, especially on the national level.

But today King endorsed fellow Republican and fellow Long Islander Lee Zeldin, one of two GOP candidates who is trying to unseat Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop in the NY-1.

“Senator Lee Zeldin is a veteran, former federal prosecutor and dedicated public servant who we need fighting for Long Islanders in Congress. Lee’s character is one of integrity, action and intellect,” said Congressman King. “In Albany, Lee has proven to be in-touch with the people he represents, fighting hard for what matters most to them. While the repeal of the MTA Payroll Tax for eighty percent of the employers in our area was one of his first accomplishments, the creation of the PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Peer Support Program for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is one of his proudest.”

Zeldin has been racking up a series of endorsements from the GOP establishment locally and even nationally, including U.S. Sen. John McCain.

Republican George Demos, who doesn’t have the support from the local and state party apparatus, did get a boost from an endorsement made by former Gov. George Pataki.