Irish American pagan attorney running for City Council in Queens

Ritual: Republican City Council hopeful Dan Halloran is also a pagan attorney

Specially for Halloween!

An Irish American "pagan attorney" is running on the Republican ticket in Tuesday's election for New York City Council.

Dan Halloran, also known as "First Atheling," or King of Normandy, was outed by the Queens Tribune last week after they discovered Halloran was actually a member of a pre-Christian Heathen religion.

They also published photos of Halloran taking part in pagan ceremonies.

The discovery has really shaken up the snoozefest in the 19th district in Queens which pitted Halloran against Democrat Kevin Kim to win Tony Avella's seat.

Halloran, who has been backed by big guns such as ex-mayor Rudy Giuliani, is expected to win the election in the district which includes Bayside, Whitestone, College Point, Douglaston and Little Neck.

Halloran, who says he was raised in a "traditional Irish household" says his religion is not relevant to the race.

But, on his Web site, which was hastily taken down after the Tribune came across it, Halloran said: "We believe in and honor the Gods and Goddesses of the North, spirits of the land, and the memories of our ancestors."

State Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose), told the newspaper that he wasn't concerned about Halloran's religion,

"We have every religion under the sun in this district," Padavan said. "It's all here; so what? As long as everybody is properly motivated, so be it."

Queens GOP Chairman Phil Ragusa said Halloran's religion was a non-issue.

"If a person performs and does what he has to do for his district, then he will be a welcome breath of fresh air," Ragusa said. Describing Halloran as"a traditional person," he Halloran "seems like a regular guy."

Halloran told the newspaper that he would seek to serve. "As long as we proceed in our civic lives with dignity and honor, that's what matters," he said.

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