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Aug 17, 2012 4:28 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Bishop On Defensive After Claims Of Unethical Campaign Solicitations

Aug 21, 2012 5:03 PM

In the same Politico article, Mr. Bishop said Mr. Semler “exaggerated” in the May 29 email to the company because he wanted a refund.

“Just as I would do and have done for any of my constituents, earlier this summer I was happy to help a constituent navigate the bureaucracy and ensure that his son’s bar mitzvah could be the celebration the family wanted it to be,” Mr. Bishop said in a statement. “I’m very proud of the countless Republicans, Democrats, and Independents that my office helps with problems such as these each and every month.”

Mr. Bishop rejected Mr. Altschuler’s recent claims of criminal activity.

“I am deeply troubled by Randy Altschuler, senior executives in the Grucci fireworks company, Diana Weir, a former Felix Grucci political operative teaming up to make outrageous, unfounded attacks on my character and my family,” he said. “Given their history of making unfounded personal attacks on me, these new reckless accusations of criminal activity should not be a surprise.”

Mr. Semler and Mr. Grucci did not return multiple requests seeking comment this week.

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Why would Bishop give away a political contribution he and his supporters assure us is 100% in compliance with House ethics rules? What "caution" needs to be excersized when there is no room for doubt, according to them?
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Aug 17, 12 5:08 PM
Looks like Bishop's (and his daughter's) hands have been caught in the proverbial cookie jar this time. Bishop gave back the money because he knows it violates house ethics rule, and because he got caught. With recent revelations about 10 family members on SHampton college payroll while Bishop was provost, his paying his daughter over 550,000 dollars with campaign money for 'consulting', it's starting to look pretty embarrassing for the congressman. Let the House Ethics committee investigate. ...more
By shampton (30), southampton on Aug 17, 12 5:27 PM
"Out of an abundance of caution...." Of course, and I think I spotted a pig flying over Southampton College.
By Tennyson (77), Quogue on Aug 17, 12 5:54 PM
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HMMMMM, something seems rotten on the land of L'il Tim.
Not a difficult choice , a successful businessman vs a professional politician who has very limited experience in the real world.
I'll take Randy, thanks.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Aug 17, 12 5:55 PM
Successful businessman???……He outsourced over 10,000 good American jobs overseas and made a fortune doing it. Altschuler should be run out of New York…..
Shame on you for supporting such a man.
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Aug 17, 12 6:38 PM
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What a simpleton you are, with your "evil businessman" ccaricature. How many jobs were created and sustained by his successful businesses. How many were created by Bishop?

If you keep high wage low skill jobs in the US, what happens when your competitor lowers their costs by outsourcing work to cheaper labor markets? You GO OUT OF BUSINESS.

You should be ashamed of supporting a career politician who sells his influence to the highest bidder, but you aren't, because if it's got ...more
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Aug 17, 12 9:29 PM
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Tim Bishop outsourced hundreds of jobs through the stimulus program where most of the green energy manufacturers were overseas. Congress (Bishop) funded programs to train people in the Phillipines and Sri Lanka to speak English better so they could get good call center jobs. Bishop voted to bail out GM and Chrysler which promptly increased overseas production and built an engine factory in Mexico, respectively. The difference between Bishop and Altschuler if you hate outsourcing is that Bishop did ...more
By BillO (7), Head of the Harbor on Aug 18, 12 9:40 AM
crickets Native, crickets.....
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Aug 18, 12 11:48 AM
this is old news and not in the local thurs papers but printed elsewere earlier. why didn't the Press have this newsworthy information available thurs? even Newsday (ugh) had the story.
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Aug 17, 12 5:56 PM
duh ... the Press is going to endorse Bishop - where have you been??? But thanks for pointing it out.
By Board Watcher (534), East Hampton on Aug 17, 12 8:58 PM
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That's exactly it. They suppressed it as long as they good.

Even left leaning Newsday has turned on Bishop.

By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Aug 17, 12 9:30 PM
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Job shipping Randy, the New Jersey carpetbagger, who wants to drill off the coast of East Hampton is a Jersey shore sleaze bag.

Tim Bishop is a terrific congressman.
By Steven (113), Westhampton on Aug 17, 12 7:52 PM
"Tim Bishop is a terrific congressman."

You've been buying favors from him too, huh?
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Aug 17, 12 9:32 PM
I am sure you had the same harsh criticism for those carpetbaggers Bobby Kennedy and Hillary Clinton, didn't you? If living all but 2 years of your life in New York make you a carpetbagger from New Jersey, then I guess we are all carpetbaggers.
By BillO (7), Head of the Harbor on Aug 18, 12 9:44 AM
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But is he trustworthy? He scares me.
By joan s (53), hampton bays on Aug 17, 12 8:47 PM
C'mon people, all politicians are dishonest. Is this news? The thing that really surprises me is that Bishop was dumb enough to help knowing that Grucci was the company that stood to make money. Yeah, that wasn't going to come back to haunt him. Should someone this stupid be voted back into office?
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Aug 17, 12 8:54 PM
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By witch hazel (224), tatooine on Aug 17, 12 9:22 PM
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By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Aug 17, 12 9:36 PM
Spare me the bs about misspellings. There's no edit function.
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Aug 17, 12 9:37 PM
People are animals, RS.

Only evolution can change that.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 18, 12 7:52 AM
You guys that are Democrats saying Tim is great guy just because he is a democrat deserve whats coming to this country. Poverty, deflation, and a society no better than a banana republic has already begin to show to show its ugly head. This behavior is unacceptanble not to mention a crime by the house ethics commitee, But don't worry nothing will happen to Tim because all the sleaze balls in Washingto do the same thing. Time to stop saying Republican or Democrat it is time to throw out the slime ...more
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Aug 17, 12 9:51 PM
Inflation, chief.

Inflation...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 18, 12 7:47 AM
No deflation z. The fed has been continually lowering rates to near zero trying to create inflation. The feds have basically put us 15 trillion in debt with tax cuts, stimulus, and other methods of perking up the economy. The federal reserve is out of bullets we have severe deflation coming in the next decade if we don't change fiscal policy. Guys like Tim Bishop are more worried about Tim Bishop than his district. Throw arrogant Tim and his family off the gravy train and he can see how the real ...more
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Aug 19, 12 12:30 AM
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You mean a deflationary spiral, or possibly debt deflation?

Right now, the value of the dollar is being inflated. That is, it's value is decreasing over time. Massive money printing leads to inflation. Deflation is the decreasing of nominal prices for goods and services, which is not happening right now. Other factors of deflation are: increased buying power of cash money and all assets denominated in cash terms, a possible decrease in investment and lending if cash holdings are seen ...more
Aug 19, 12 5:11 AM appended by Mr. Z
I was rolling your post around in my head as I knocked out the "three s combo" this morning. Keeping interest rates artificially low reduces yields on "safe" havens like savings, CDs, bonds, and the like. If you do that, and print a boatload of cash every time you pop an asset bubble people will jump into the market for the apparent higher yields (ROI). It means you either get out or getting beat up from declining yields in "safe" investments, or go for the higher yields with the fiat currency driven market. Considering the trillions in wealth that was "lost" recently, where do you think most everyone shifted their cash? The printed cash evaporates in value, and only the debt remains...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 19, 12 5:11 AM
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By gallerygirl (29), southampton on Aug 17, 12 10:59 PM
Speaking of DIRT BAG behavior read this. It will blow you away!

How I became George Obama's 'brother'
By Dinesh D'Souza

Published August 16, 2012

A few days ago I received a call from a man I recently met named George. He was a bit flustered, and soon informed me that his young son was sick with a chest condition. He pleaded with me to send him $1,000 to cover the medical bills. Since George was at the hospital I asked him to let me speak to a nurse, and she confirmed ...more
By They call me (2826), southampton on Aug 17, 12 11:12 PM
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Are you serious?
By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Aug 18, 12 8:03 AM
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Some of the rest of D'Souza's piece:

In 2010, George also applied for a visa to come to the United States and was refused. While George confesses that in his younger years he was a delinquent, he has never been convicted of any crime. Moreover, he has a very good reason to visit the United States: his mother Jael Otieno lives in Atlanta. So why would the U. S. embassy in Nairobi refuse a tourist visa to the brother of the president who just wants to spend time with his mother?
...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 18, 12 8:25 AM
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I wanted to infer that "They CallMe" had a few breaks in his brain synapses, Mr Z. I certainly hope you don't buy into this crap that he posted in order to influence anyone. ( At least no one who has completed the thrid grade)
By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Aug 18, 12 12:24 PM
Nope, not at all.

I just thought the whole piece on D'Souza's blog was interesting, if not lopsided and "touchy feely". Sad part is, how many people will actually bother to follow up, and read that blog?
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 18, 12 12:33 PM
tim bishop is the posterchild for term limit advocates
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Aug 17, 12 11:12 PM
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What about Paul Ryan, razza? He has been in congress since 1998! Bishop has only been serving since 2003. By the way, Ryan has spent his entire adult life as a congress person yet he has a net worth of over 8 million dollars. Care to explain how that happens? Partisan hack.
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Aug 18, 12 1:00 PM
Ask Harry Reid. He's an expert.
By loading... (601), quiogue on Aug 20, 12 12:02 PM
The Politico article notes the proximity of the constituent service and the campaign donation request but alleges no causal connection. Indeed, since ALL congressmen are in a permanent fund-raising mode, embarrassing coincidences like this happen regularly. Both Bishop and Semler deny that the contribution request was linked in any way to expediting the permit and there is no evidence that Bishop was even aware that Molly Bishop made it. The accusations by thread posters are based on specious ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Aug 17, 12 11:39 PM
"Politico reported on Wednesday that the congressman helped Eric Semler, a district resident who wanted to throw a bar mitzvah party for his son in Southampton, by securing necessary environmental permits for Fireworks by Grucci, the company commissioned to put on the fireworks show at the party. The company is partially run by Felix J. Grucci Jr., a former congressman who Mr. Bishop ousted from office in 2002. Diana Weir, Mr. Altschuler’s campaign manager, was formerly Mr. Grucci’s ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 18, 12 8:41 AM
'embarrassing coincidences' like this DO NOT 'happen regularly'. This is a clear violation of House Ethics Rules, and will be investigated as such, as it should. Semler's own emails to fireworks company showed he knew it was a shakedown for money. He also lied afterwards when he claimed he 'didn't even know Bishop was running for re-election', because Molly Bishop's shakedown letter to him specifically mentioned the upcoming difficult expensive election. Lies, lies, lies...Bishop brought this ...more
By shampton (30), southampton on Aug 18, 12 8:56 AM
You nailed it, highhat.
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Aug 18, 12 1:01 PM
Blah blah blah, we know, HHS, we know .... woof
By Board Watcher (534), East Hampton on Aug 19, 12 7:23 PM
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I wonder how Mr. Bishop is involved in granting a permit for a fireworks show. Isn't that the purview of the Town governments? Who made sure this permit was approved?
By ridiculous (214), hampton bays on Aug 18, 12 12:19 AM
Bishop is big problem and needs to go. Most
career politicians fall this way! They talk about greedy
buisness but politicians become greedy for power
which is far more harmful to the citizens they govern!
By The Gipper (11), Sag Harbor on Aug 18, 12 8:34 AM
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Why on earth would our US Congressman be occupying his time (and our taxpayer dollars) with securing permits for an otherwise illegal bar mitzvah fireworks show, endangering the local 'endangered' piping plover? Answer: Because Tim Bishop knew the father was a hedge fund billionaire, and Bishop wanted his money. Any other explanation is just wishful thinking. Molly's involvement speaks volumes.
By shampton (30), southampton on Aug 18, 12 9:01 AM
Is the Bentley ok? I mean, that's the real story here.
By G (342), Southampton on Aug 18, 12 9:25 AM
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Atlschuler, if ever elected, will dismantle Social security and Medicare. He has made a career by dismantling American businesses and shipping them to other parts of the world. All of you Right wingers are going to be left out in the cold by your own party because they care more about the super rich and the corporations than they do about you and your families.
Smarten up folks this guy RA is bad for NY and bad for the country.
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Aug 18, 12 10:05 AM
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Yeah sure one Congressman is going to ship all the jobs over seas and close medicare.Your very naive! At least this guy has enough brains to start a business and become a multimillionaire before he's 40. What has Bishop done?
Tim Bishop seems to have a problem with rigght and wrong. Amazing how he gets back to someone when money is involved. I have called Bishop for 4 years and all I get is a form letter with a stamped signature. Guess I will send him 5k like they do in Venezuela or some other ...more
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Aug 18, 12 10:51 AM
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Tim's days in Congress are over. He can start packing up his office. Two years ago was close and he has done nothing to improve his chances this year.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Aug 18, 12 10:06 AM
Bishop will win again....no matter how much money Altschuler spends. You and the other wing-nuts will have to find some other candidate to run in two years.
Altschuler can retire on the millions that he made off the backs of the American middle class.
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Aug 18, 12 11:18 AM
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SHN, you sound awfully bitter. What makes you think Bishop is going to win? He almost lost to a late comer that most people knew nothing about. RA now has more money, more experience and better direction. Bishop has little to run on for a party that has done nothing.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Aug 18, 12 11:46 AM
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Please explain how Randy Outsourcer has more experience? Name one thing he has done for Long Island.
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Aug 18, 12 1:02 PM
Reading comprehension dd. More experience than he had when he last ran. Jeez, liberals are mighty tense these days.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Aug 18, 12 2:41 PM
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SHNative,
Three posts on this issue and all of them an attack on RA, not one mentioning the incredible lack of common sense on behalf of Mr. Bishop's fundraising staff.
If this had been done by a Republican you would be screaming bloody murder. In the middle of his "attempting to help a constituent" the staff asks for as much as a $10,000.00 donation and you don't see anything wrong with that? I have no use for RA or his carpetbagging ways, but after this I know what office I will not ...more
By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Aug 19, 12 8:47 AM
True, he's not as experienced at taking bribes in exchange for favors as the corrupt, soon to be indicted congressman you support.
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Aug 19, 12 12:42 PM
And just who do you think I support? Did you fail reading comprehension in elementary school? Read my post again, and then let SHNative respond to the post directed at her.
By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Aug 19, 12 1:18 PM
There seems to be a discrepancy in the amount of money the Semlers contributed. The article says that FEC records show a combined contribution of $5,000 from the husband and wife contributors. Other news outlets as well cite the $5,000 figure. But, in an email exchange with a Grucci official, Semler says he had to donate $10,000. So, what happened to the other $5,000. Did Semler donate the other $5,000 under a company name? Not sure about corporate contributions being legal in the federal ...more
By Carole Campolo (46), East Hampton on Aug 18, 12 12:03 PM
I found this part of the article a bit disturbing:

"The company is partially run by Felix J. Grucci Jr., a former congressman who Mr. Bishop ousted from office in 2002. Diana Weir, Mr. Altschuler’s campaign manager, was formerly Mr. Grucci’s finance director."
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 18, 12 1:02 PM
And Tim didn't smell a rat? I love Tim and it makes me sick but he's gone
By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on Aug 20, 12 1:20 PM
Campolo-Semler admits he over stated his contribution-only contributed $5000
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Aug 18, 12 4:56 PM
I'm no fan of Bishop, but this smells like campaign politics.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Aug 19, 12 11:45 AM
If this paper endorses Bishop after all this negative information, which is about his "unethical behavoir", it will be too liberal for me. News outlets should base their opinions/endorsements on facts presented regardless which party. Enough with the loyalty to a party when it hurts all of us citizens, enough already its us not them that count. This country has never been in such a worsening condition we need re-direction, what we have now isn't working.
By The Squirl (36), Red creek on Aug 19, 12 3:31 PM
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Do you at all find the Grucci-Weir connection suspicious?
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 19, 12 3:56 PM
I find it stunning that anyone would believe that a seasoned political campaigner like Bishop would be so suicidal as to trade a political favor for cash a few months before election day. There are other historical candidates whose hubris might lead them to similar unconscionably stupid behavior (e.g. Spiro Agnew) but Bishop's history gives no hint of this character defect.

Is not the most plausible reason for this gaffe that a less-than-competent fund raiser, hired for reasons other-than-merit ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Aug 19, 12 5:41 PM
Are you really as naive as you sound? You should really read the politico article on how Mr Bishops staff organized no less than five goverment agencies in a few weeks for a fireworks display. Or how this request was being processed and Bishops daughter is shaking down Eric Semler for a donation of 5 grand. Tim Bishop actually called back Mr Semler for such a non sense thing as fireworks for a Bamitvah. I think this is disgusting, and people on this board that are pro Bishop never read the politico ...more
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Aug 20, 12 7:17 AM
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And I find it stunning that you can't see the forest for the trees HighHatSize. I get that Ms. Bishop is not paid by the taxpayer. I get that she works independent of Mr. Bishop's staff.
What I don't get, and you fail to see or refuse to take note of, is that she shook this guy down for cash at the same time Mr.Bishop or his taxpayer funded staff was performing a service for him.
You certainly aren't trying to claim that this is just a coincidence are you? As to the claims that Mr. Bishop ...more
By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Aug 20, 12 7:36 AM
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Randy created a lot of jobs in the USA, not all went overseas. That's a fact omitted by the Demokratz.
As to the issue of ethics or lack thereof, seems as if L'il Tim has been caught with his hand in the cookie jar, at least his staff did. His response to the charge is weak at best.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Aug 19, 12 6:36 PM
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Well if you are his representative, then tell him I don't believe in him yet...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 19, 12 7:38 PM
Radical Randy's good friend, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin clarified Randy's stand on women rights by claiming that "legitimate rape" rarely resulted in pregnancy.
Toddy went on to say that "unnamed bodily responses prevented pregnancy."

Randy has yet to denounce his friend's and fellow Koch brother (Fred Koch, their father, was a founding member of the John Birch Society) puppet's position on women rights.
By Steven (113), Westhampton on Aug 19, 12 8:50 PM
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You pretty much reside under a rock with other pond scum, don't you, Steven?
Mr.Akin's statement is despicable, and for you to try and connect it to ANYONE other than the person who made the statement is revealing as to your character, or lack of it.
By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Aug 20, 12 7:40 AM
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Mr. Akin said those words because he knows that his base wanted to hear it. Romney only came out with a strong condemnation after receiving crap for his initial weak condemnation. Akin is the poster boy of the new republican party. His statements are in keeping with the bs birtherism, socialism, and other attacks that are so common place in a party gone mad where voter suppression and attacking women and minorities is the norm. The entire republican party is to blame for the extreme move right ...more
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on Aug 20, 12 12:14 PM
"The entire Rublican Party is responsible..." It's like saying if a couple hundred people, who happen to enjoy a certain movie, gather at a theater and one psycho among them causes mayhem then it's all their fault because they all happen to enjoy the same feature? Com'on, get a grip on reality. Akin speaks for his own warped view and does not represent me or my thoughts. Progressnow, read your own rantings if you want extreme condemnation of 50% of the American people.
By Tennyson (77), Quogue on Aug 20, 12 12:46 PM
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Ryan worked with Akin in the House on a bill that would ban abortion even in cases of rape and incest. So yes, they are one in the same. Period. Save the false outrage for Akin unless you are willing to condemn his cohorts as well.
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on Aug 20, 12 1:37 PM
P/N: You're so blinded by your own bias that you don't know or don't care that people have different views on the same subject. I'm not willing to condemn anyone with a different view than you. To paint all Republicans with the same brush is childish and would be the same as me calling all Democrats as left wing Liberals nut balls.
By Tennyson (77), Quogue on Aug 20, 12 3:20 PM
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Guess Karl Rowe didn't get your memo on Republican Party Poster boys.
By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Aug 21, 12 9:18 AM
Does anyone else think it bit unseemly that Tim Bishop is now trying to right a wrong by donating this cash to veterans? It still does not change the fact that Tim Bishop has engaged in questionable activity and how many more people out there did the Bishop camp shake down?
By MickNY (43), East Hampton on Aug 20, 12 10:11 AM
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to chief1 & Phadreus1340:

I HAVE read the Politico article and I DO think that the most likely reason for the juxtaposition of the constituent service and the solicitation is coincidence. A secondary possibility is that Molly Bishop knew of the favor being requested and asked for the donation in exchange for or in spite of it. However, the notion that TIm Bishop knew of her initiative is ludicrous. Those who so believe are mistaking a politician for a kamikaze.

On the other ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Aug 20, 12 2:34 PM
It is Tim Bishop's responsibility to set a "tone" where Molly Bishop would never in a million years consider asking a constituent in Semler position to make a "donation"
Your ongoing attempts to say "Yes it happened but it isn't Tim's fault" are futile.

And for the record, I am NOT voting for RA. This line will not receive a vote from me.

For you folks who can't see the forest for the trees....Remember Mr Bishop's razor thin victory last time WITH the "I" line. He doesnt ...more
By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Aug 21, 12 10:24 AM
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"The only thing worse than being blind, is having sight but no vision."

~ Helen Keller
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 21, 12 6:21 PM
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Tim is a terrific congressman and we can depend on him to protect medicare, the environment, and the rights of women.

Unlike Randy, who is a New Jersey carpetbagger and a Koch brother puppet, Tim has been a distinguished and active member of our community for a number of years.

Randy's radical views on student loans, abortion, medicare, and the environment are not consistent with the good people of Eastern Long Island.

Let's do the right thing and reelect Tim Bishop, a ...more
By Steven (113), Westhampton on Aug 20, 12 4:09 PM
Not happening. "Distinguished"? How so?
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Aug 20, 12 8:32 PM
Bishop donating the so called money to veterans? don't you think he should give back his illgotten gains to the people extorted for this money who by all accounts gave it in return for a favor? By taking it and then giving away to others pretty much shows how desperate he is over this election and rightly so. If the money was not given in good faith then it should be returned in good faith. Not knocking the veterans groups but hey the money should be returned to the persons extorted.
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Aug 20, 12 6:09 PM
Eastend68,
Can you point me to the article wherein Semler says he overstated his contribution. I have reviewed the articles in Patch, the Post, NY Daily News, Newsday, the Wall STreet Journal and the above 27east.com article. The only one that says Semler "exaggerated" was Bishop and he is talking about exaggerating the incident, I believe. Thanks so much.
By Carole Campolo (46), East Hampton on Aug 20, 12 10:55 PM
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"The company is partially run by Felix J. Grucci Jr., a former congressman who Mr. Bishop ousted from office in 2002. Diana Weir, Mr. Altschuler’s campaign manager, was formerly Mr. Grucci’s finance director."

Things that make you go "Hmmm...".
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 21, 12 1:16 AM
Absolutely. Part of the game. But don't you think Bishop should have been smart enough to see it coming?
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Aug 21, 12 1:01 PM
"The game"?

If what I suspect is true, whatever Bishop did not see or should have seen coming is irrelevant. What is relevant is how pathetic our political process has become.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 21, 12 5:50 PM
Randy Akinschuller policies on women's rights, the environment, student loans, and medicare might be okay for New Jersey and perhaps India, but they are wrong for the East End of Long Island.

By Steven (113), Westhampton on Aug 21, 12 3:17 AM
yes, we prefer things like nepotism and extortion, much more fitting to the liberal snobs that infect the area.
By MickNY (43), East Hampton on Aug 21, 12 8:38 AM
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The most recent data I can lay my hands on show that Randy Altschuler's largest donors are out of state corporate, as well as finance and securities interests. You remember the latter guys, right? The ones who blew apart the world economy, and continue to operate in no different a fashion than before the meltdown. The Republican party in general not only gutted, but performed a thorough exodontiae of the Dodd-Frank bill, but they'd still like to repeal what's left of it, toothless as it is ridiculous ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 21, 12 7:11 PM
Altschuler has outraised Bishop (again) from individual donors. Bishop's main contributors have been PACs, primarily Unions, Trial Attorneys, and Hollywood characters...exactly the people we don't want 'paying to play', and exactly the people we don't want making decisions for the rest of us, ie, hard-working, tax-paying, small business owners who pay dearly to support Bishops's donors every day, in many different ways
By shampton (30), southampton on Aug 22, 12 3:13 PM
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We don't want bankers "paying to play" anymore either, do we?

Nothing like contributors who have already re-written the law so the system benefits them, the people be damned. They "pay to play", so as to keep it that way.

I wouldn't pull the lever for ANY friend of Wall Street, but that's probably because I know too much. In fact, I'm almost halfway through "The Price of Inequality", by Joseph Stiglitz. It feels kind of good when you read a new book by an academic, and you hear ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 22, 12 5:11 PM
Hey Z I think you read the internet and believe everything you see. Do you really believe that the banks blew themselves up all by themselves? It wouldn't be the borrowers who borrowed trillions and one day decided they wouldl not pay their mortgages. It wouldn't be fannie mae and freddie mac demanding banks to write mortgages so they can securitize them. It wouldn't be Chris Dodd advocating with Barney Frank to allow low credit bad area borrowing? It wouldn't be Bill Clinton who abolished Glass ...more
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Aug 21, 12 8:17 PM
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For reference, I read BOOKS, not just the internet, chief. Securitization was first implemented in 1970 as a tool to facilitate the liquidity of capital. It wasn't until the '80s forward that it was used as a weapon to shift responsibility to parties other than the originator of a mortgage loan for short term gain, instead of long term profit. A vast majority of people did not "decide not to pay their mortgages". Almost a full THREE QUARTERS of the mortgages that caused the meltdown were adjustable ...more
Aug 21, 12 8:34 PM appended by Mr. Z
BTW, I think you meant "friend of Angelo (Mozillo)", not "special mortgage"...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 21, 12 8:34 PM
BTW, if you haven't read it, you should peruse the Levin-Coburn report sometime...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 22, 12 6:58 PM
Mr. Z,
If you want an eyeful of contributions, just look at Tim Bishop's historical contributors. I went through pages of unions and special interest pacs and that was just in the A's. So, if you want to talk about campaign contributions, let's start with Tim's special interest money. Not to mention shake down constituents like the Semlers. Tim Bishop, bought and paid for by special interest unions and pacs.
By Carole Campolo (46), East Hampton on Aug 21, 12 11:37 PM
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As I stated, you have two bowls before you.

Did Tim take any money from Wall St. banking interests? The answer is no. His top 20 are all unions and his top contributor is an IT company which manages a hedge fund, and is one of the best there is. In fact, around 30% of their employess hold doctorate degrees (Ph. D.). The rest of the donations are "blue collar" with the exception of Honeywell International, Estee Lauder, and St. George's University.

I couldn't find any donations ...more
Aug 22, 12 5:57 AM appended by Mr. Z
Err, "his top 20 are ALMOST all unions". Nice to see what a good fact checker, and parrot bigfresh is...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 22, 12 5:57 AM
Mr. Z makes a good point.

We have two bowls in front of us, and consuming the contents of one is necessary.

Both bowls may stink to high heaven (odoriferous beauty may be in the nose of the beholder -- "besmeller?").

Both bowls may have been financed by scoundrels of varying pedigrees.

Both bowls may make you want to gag!

But you have to chose one . . . .

I go with the Breakfast of Bishops!

I can't even get close to the other bowl ...more
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Aug 22, 12 6:38 AM
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Top 20 are all unions----That's a telling statement. Who have been the recipients of government handouts eg stimulus? Waivers from Obamacare? Auto union given ownership of GM? Seems like pay for play, a time honored tradiotio for the Demokrat Party Komrade.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Aug 22, 12 7:09 AM
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And the Republicans dont do the same? Are you smoking something again?
By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Aug 22, 12 10:35 AM
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LOTP.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 22, 12 4:15 PM
“When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it”

― Frederic Bastiat
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 22, 12 4:15 PM
“The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.”

Anatole France (1844-1924)
Nobel Prize for Literature in 1921
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Aug 22, 12 4:24 PM
Let the ethics committee loose. When Tim is guilty of the allegation, whoever continues their support of him should be ashamed of themselves. He is apparently a self serving corrupt congressman. He has to also explain having 10 family members on the payroll of Southampton college payroll when he was Provost. His wife got free rent for her business on campus. But it appears the American liberal can tolerate corruption over success.
By kpjc (161), east quogue on Aug 22, 12 5:18 PM
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This is easy, Tim Bishop has simply been in office too long and has become a creature of Washington. He has allowed his moral and ethical base to crumble and is no longer fit to serve. The fact that he would try to misuse veterans to cover his sin speaks volumes as to the character that Tim Bishop now has.

Tim Bishop has to go.
By MickNY (43), East Hampton on Aug 23, 12 6:51 AM
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Hey like I said Z you repeat everything that you read on the internet. The biggest donor to Bishop is Renaissance technologies which is a hedge fund not a Technology company. Do you know what Renaissance does Z? They basically invest in stocks for seconds and takes pennies from weaknesses in stock prices between the bid and ask often done in thousanths of a second. In other words they are taking billions from real investors who trade the market. So why would Renaissance give Bishop money? mmmmmmm? ...more
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Aug 23, 12 7:09 AM
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they both take money from wall Street. The GOP historically takes in more from insurance companies and the financial services industries and the dems historically take more from unions and law firms. It really doesnt make a difference. The question is do you want to vote for a man who has zero business experience and whose record of accomplishments is Zero. Bishop sold us down the river when stating that he would not vote for Obamacare in its present form and did, has voted for virtually every spending ...more
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Aug 23, 12 8:36 AM
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Well, there's a technical point to where you are incorrect.

The algorithms, hardware, and formulae they use make them an IT company.

They are only the "stepping stones".

Someone else has to supply their currency...
Aug 27, 12 7:27 PM appended by Mr. Z
The DOJ refused to act on any part of the Levin report. Our system is corrupt TOP TO BOTTOM. The only justice we have anymore, is the level of justice your paycheck can garner. This country is done, it's just a matter of it finally going down the drain.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 23, 12 7:27 PM
Tim Bishop is an effective Congressman who know and represents the East End of Long Island well. He knows our issues.
The other guy...the guy who made millions sending American jobs overseas should never hold public office of any kind. He will most likly top the four million that he spent in 2010 to try and buy NY-1.
Let's send the outscourcing multimillionaire back to New Jersey.
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Aug 23, 12 8:39 AM
SHNative - class warfare again, really? Obama rhetoric has damaged this country enough. I am very hopeful that we can put it behind us in November and vote not only Obama out of office, but as many Democrats in as many races as possible, so that the adults can take back the responsibility of managing this country. Obama was an experiment that went horribly wrong.
By Leon789 (50), westhampton on Aug 23, 12 9:15 AM
I don't know about you, but I've read Altschuler's "plan", and his classic, simplistic "rigbt wing" speil.

If you have ever, EVER read ANYTHING spokn by Nathan Rothschild, allegedly or otherwise, you would grasp that the extreme behavior of the "right wing" emulate the bastard father of Ayn Rand.

This race officially stunk years ago.

Aug 23, 12 7:39 PM appended by Mr. Z
Imperialist values, and all.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 23, 12 7:39 PM
You'd rather have Romney and Ryan? They'd be sure to keep Akin on the Science committee.All three of them are so insightful
By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on Aug 23, 12 9:33 AM
And still not even a mention by SHNative that this was at the least a matter of poor leadership by Mr. Bishop.
By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Aug 23, 12 9:54 AM
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By kpjc (161), east quogue on Aug 23, 12 10:50 AM
SHNATIVE is Perfect example of liberals choosing corrruption over success. Randy runs a successful business and can bring that experience to public office. Tim has experience in trying to manipulate the system for personal gains.
By kpjc (161), east quogue on Aug 23, 12 10:50 AM
Altschuler's "success" was to act as the broker who made millions shipping good American jobs to India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. We as a country and people are worse off for "Randy's" efforts. You folks out on the right should be ashamed of yourselves for lining up behind such a person.
Bishop is a liflong resident who know and cares about the people of the East End.
Let's send "Randy" back to New Jersey where he can live off the millions that he made off terminating jobs here in America.
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Aug 24, 12 9:19 AM
Yes indeed, I would much rather have Romney and Ryan. Clearly neither of them agree with Akin's views and it is childish to put his words in their mouths. I would rather have a man leading this country who has made a success of himself. It seems as if liberals would rather follow a loser. Perhaps that makes them more comfortable with themselves, who knows.
By Leon789 (50), westhampton on Aug 23, 12 7:36 PM
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Listen, if Randy wants to be the next "Hillary", that's not totally OK over here.

What I will say is that if he REALLY has a plan, it SHOULD NOT involve fracking, or drilling for more oil. Take that money, YOU IDIOT, and put it into alternative, sustainable tech.

I read Altschuler's "plan". It wreaks worse than this alleged "scandal".
Aug 23, 12 7:47 PM appended by Mr. Z
And, TRUST ME... I understand the meaning of the word "reek".
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 23, 12 7:47 PM
Its interesting that you consider yourself an independent yet continue to slam everyone who is not a democrat. I guess you have no problem with cronyism, ethical wrong doing, political pandering, and a self serving voting record . All fine charactisterics displayed by Bishop. I trust that you understand the meaning of the word "reek". So do most people who get with 20 feet of you
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Aug 31, 12 1:18 PM
Giving credit where credit is due. Mr Bishop was present today at a ceremony at Calverton National Cemetary. These was no press there, so unless I said something here you would not have known about it. He didn't speak, didn't ask to. He was just there and was instrumental in making the event happen.
Kudos to him and his staff, not sure if it makes up for the blunder in this article though.
By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Aug 25, 12 4:25 PM
It is far easier to fool people than to show them that they've been fooled.

~ Mark Twain
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 27, 12 6:46 PM
"I don’t go tanning tanning anymore because Obama put a 10% tax on tanning. I feel like he did that intentionally for us, like McCain would never put a 10% tax on tanning.. because he is pale and he would probably wanna be tanned."

~ Snooki

(this is going to be fun)

By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Sep 4, 12 12:52 PM
Just want to cause trouble, Nature? :P
By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Sep 4, 12 1:06 PM
Me? Nah. On a previous thread I advised Z that quoting something doens't make it true - just makes it truthiness. He claimed that if he is quoting someone, it means he/she is worthy of being quoted. As you can see, I'm taking a stance on that belief. Enjoy, there are plenty of more Snookisms to come.
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Sep 4, 12 2:30 PM