The Working Families Party this morning announced its support for Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice’s bid for the Long Island House seat of retiring Rep. Carolyn McCarthy.

“Kathleen Rice has been resolute in her fight to take on a corrupt culture of pay-to-play politics in the state and give average New Yorkers a voice,” said Bill Lipton, state director for the Working Families Party. “As a prosecutor, she has a proven record of delivering bad apples to justice and she’ll bring that same determination to her work on behalf of Long Island’s working families.”

WFP’s Long Island Political Director Jess Carrano also cited Rice’s support for the so-called “Raise the Age” campaign (the push to stop trying some youthful offenders as adults) and campaign finance reform – especially the creation of a publicly funded system.

Rice was one of the three co-chairs of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s corruption-busting Moreland Commission, which recommended (though not unanimously) public campaign finance as a remedy for the never-ending corruption scandals in Albany and NYC. Rice stepped down from her commission post after announcing her congressional campaign.

Much of the labor and Democratic establishment has lined up behind Rice in this race. But she’s not the only Democrat in the running.

Nassau Legislative Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams is also seeking the party’s nod to run in the November general election.

The Nassau County Democratic Party is remaining neutral in the June primary. Ditto the DCCC, whose leader, Rep. Steve Israel, is also a Long Islander. UPDATE: Daily Kos notes that the DCCC has put Rice on its “Red to Blue” fundraising list, which certainly qualifies as support.  But I haven’t seen a formal endorsement from Israel himself…perhaps I missed it? UPDATE: Israel is personally supporting Rice, but he’s also not discouragin Abrahams from mounting his primary bid.