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Oct 7, 2013 12:04 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Zeldin And Demos Plan To Again Challenge Bishop For House Seat

Oct 9, 2013 1:07 PM

Two familiar Republican faces could battle it out next year for the right to challenge incumbent U.S. Representative Tim Bishop, a Democrat from Southampton, in November 2014.

State Senator Lee Zeldin of Shirley announced Monday morning that he intends to challenge Mr. Bishop, who has represented New York’s 1st Congressional District for the past decade, next fall.

Mr. Zeldin’s announcement came days after George Demos, a two-time Republican candidate from Brookhaven Town who most recently came up short when battling Randy Altschuler for a chance to unseat Mr. Bishop last year, filed the necessary papers with the Federal Election Commission to seek the GOP’s nomination next year.

On Monday, Mr. Zeldin, 33, who ran strong against Mr. Bishop in 2008, said he intends to make another run because he is concerned with the future of the federal government, especially in light of the current government shutdown.

“I’ve been watching what’s going on in Washington, and there are people out there blaming Republicans or Democrats—I think quite critical of all of them,” Mr. Zeldin said. “Both parties need to work together despite their differences to try to move our nation forward.”

On Friday, Mr. Zeldin’s campaign uploaded a two-and-a-half-minute video to YouTube announcing his decision to run.

After falling to Mr. Bishop in the 2008 election, a race in which he collected 48 percent of ballots cast, Mr. Zeldin rebounded to win a seat in the State Senate in 2010.

Last month, Suffolk County Republican Party Chairman John Jay LaValle announced that the GOP would be supporting Mr. Zeldin in next year’s race.

On Monday, Mr. Demos, 36, said he will formally announce his candidacy before the end of the year and, according to his Federal Election Commission filing, he now has $1 million in cash on hand from a personal loan. He said he is gearing up for another run and intends to upset Mr. Bishop.

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Lets see if we can break 500 posts on tea party vs lefties today. You know its coming.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Oct 7, 13 12:14 PM
And yours was the first.
By witch hazel (224), tatooine on Oct 7, 13 1:24 PM
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And we're off! Witch chimes in and once again displays an amazing grasp of the obvious!
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Oct 7, 13 2:40 PM
She's ignorant enough to think that her vote or opinion means anything in national polotics.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Oct 7, 13 4:12 PM
Sad situation for all.
By nellie (451), sag harbor on Oct 7, 13 7:10 PM
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Right, because only teaparty votes mean anything, right chief bagger?
By witch hazel (224), tatooine on Oct 8, 13 8:15 AM
Like I said IGNORANT
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Oct 8, 13 8:22 AM
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Why are you replying to a comment which is one week old, thereby having your comment appear on the 27east home page, only to draw flies back to the pile?
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Oct 15, 13 7:57 AM
phil, these are lofty goals, but when you reply to all the posts you consider untruthful or ignorant, YOU end up looking like, in my personal opinion, something less that you wish.

Your credibility shrinks.

Might you actually be HARMING the very "side" you intend to protect?

All in my opinion, of course.

Seems like a strange martyr dance from over here . . .
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Oct 15, 13 5:08 PM
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Interesting... he's been observing what's happening in DC and has decided to run for congress as a Republican...because he is tired of all the Bi-Partisan bickering...lol WOW
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on Oct 7, 13 10:39 PM
Well Tim, you've been warned. Fresh young talent, young blood, and hopefully neither one end up being "Koch-heads". From what I've seen, highly unlikely. It would also be interesting to see if we could rile up a Democrat for a primary challenge.

Just some basics:

Demos was an SEC prosecutor, was involved with the AIG case, Bernie Madoff, and dedicated himself to helping people who were defrauded on their mortgages. So, if we're lucky he could help with our "bankster" problems. ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Oct 8, 13 12:16 AM

Addiction to Koch is a pernicious thing, and usually does not end well . . .

By PBR (4956), Southampton on Oct 8, 13 6:13 AM
Demos is a divisive teabagger. Hopeless
By witch hazel (224), tatooine on Oct 8, 13 8:14 AM
What I find hopeless is incessant Republican/Conservative in-fighting. Maybe the Dems just hide it better in their quest for power? When are the R' and C's going to learn to lean into the middle instead of continually imploding? Lefitists, Rightists and the Party Line certainly exist and are alive and well here in our small towns, as these blogs show, but the arguments and sniping don't help "the People" much when idiots babble on without resolutions that could truly help most of us in the middle. ...more
By Board Watcher (534), East Hampton on Oct 8, 13 12:29 PM
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Ah! for the good old days before the railroad was run out to the East End back in the days before1870. That's when the locals, Tim's family and mine, lived in tranquility, farming and fishing, and ran the town very nicely thank you.
Now all the newbies think they know how to live next to the ocean, putting up hard barriers, the bulkhead the length of their ocean front and ruin the beach front for others; they think they have all the answers for living in such a dinamic climate when the locals ...more
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Oct 9, 13 2:02 PM
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I respectfully ask the editorial staff at “The Press” to not allow the above avatar to be displayed. It is offensive and unacceptable in the United States. The NAZI swastika is clearly a symbol of racial hatred and has no business being a part of our discourse at any time. I makes me sad to see that some of us are so full of hate that they resort to such displays.
Thank you.
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Oct 10, 13 2:28 PM
Missed the avatar, but ditto to the sentiment about the tenor of some comments here.

The Press might consider banning certain commentators permanently IMO, or introducing a publicly displayed warning system for cumulative abuses of the privilege of posting here.

By PBR (4956), Southampton on Oct 10, 13 3:15 PM
To clarify -- the comment just above by SHNative at 2:28 PM referred to an avatar and post which has just been deleted, and not to the comment by philathome at 2:11 PM IMO.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Oct 10, 13 3:53 PM
Typical that those who claim to be defenders of the constitution have absolutely no idea what those constitutional rights really mean. The government has granted you freedom from prosecution for expressing your assininity. 27east is privately owned. You, my neo-nazi friend, are an idiot.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Oct 10, 13 3:22 PM
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Just when you think that there are at least some limits to right-wing extremism, along comes preliator to prove that there are none.
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Oct 10, 13 3:25 PM
The offensive avatar and posts are gone, as are the replies thereto.

Moving on . . .

Thank you to the Press.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Oct 10, 13 3:45 PM
Thank you "Press Newsgroup".
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Oct 10, 13 5:24 PM
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And to you for the initial "call out."

Well done.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Oct 10, 13 5:59 PM
Just 24 percent of Americans have a positive opinion of the Republican party, according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Thursday.

The survey reflects a record low in approval for the GOP for NBC/WSJ poll, which dates back to 1989.

The poll also found an increase in support for the Affordable Care Act with 38 percent of respondents approving of the law -- up from 31 percent in the same poll last month.
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on Oct 10, 13 7:42 PM