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May 22, 2012 2:39 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Endorses Altschuler

May 22, 2012 4:34 PM

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Republican Randy Altschuler in his campaign to unseat Democratic U.S. Representative Tim Bishop this November.

Mr. Altschuler’s campaign announced the news in a statement released on Monday, quoting a letter from the chamber’s president and CEO Thomas Donahue, in which Mr. Donahue credits Mr. Altschuler for his “pro-business” stance.

“Your record of support on pro-business issues earned this endorsement,” Mr. Donahue stated. “We believe that your election to the U.S. House of Representatives will help produce sustained economic growth, help create more jobs, and get our country back on track.”

Already, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has paid for television ads supporting Mr. Altschuler, to the tun of about $300,000, according to Diana Weir, Mr. Altschuler’s campaign manager. The group has endorsed Mr. Altschuler because of his “business credentials and 10-point jobs plan,” she said.

“These are business people and we need business, so they’re supporting the candidate I guess they feel has the best knowledge and experience as far as business and business creation,” said Ms. Weir.

Mr. Altschuler, of St. James, owns a business called CloudBlue, which provides recycling services for electronic equipment. His opponents, which include Mr. Bishop and Republican George Demos— the latter is waging a primary against Mr. Altschuler on June 26—have criticized him for outsourcing jobs to India through a company he co-founded years ago and later sold called OfficeTiger.

This week, Mr. Demos claimed the U.S. Chamber of Commerce routinely endorses the “liberal establishment Republican candidate.” Mr. Bishop’s campaign also dismissed the endorsement.

“The U.S. Chamber of Commerce shares the same cutthroat corporate values as outsourcing millionaire Randy Altschuler, and they know he would rubberstamp their agenda of more tax breaks for Big Oil and other special interests,” said Oliver Longwell, a spokesman for Mr. Bishop. “It’s the local Chambers of Commerce that matter, and Congressman Bishop has the support of hundreds of local small business people who know he fights for middle class interests and opportunity.”

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The "U.S. Chamber of Commerce" is the Tea Party of the business community. They don't speak for small business on Long Island any more than Rush Limbaugh speaks for all Republicans. Between these guys and Paul Ryan with his Medicare-killing "budget," Randy is making some dangerous friends.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on May 22, 12 3:51 PM
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Gee, what a surprise.
By dagdavid (646), southampton on May 22, 12 3:57 PM