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Mar 12, 2013 12:17 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

National Democrats Place Bishop On Fundraising Priority List For 2014

Mar 12, 2013 4:57 PM

The 2014 election is still about 20 months away, but Democrats at the national level have already flagged U.S. Representative Tim Bishop as among the party’s campaign fundraising priorities.

Mr. Bishop, in his sixth term in office, is one of 26 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives named to the Frontline Program, according to a March 5 statement by western Long Island U.S. Representative Steve Israel, who is chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. It is Mr. Bishop’s second consecutive election cycle named to the program: He first benefitted from the program in 2004, and then again in 2012.

The Frontline Program is a partnership between the party and its members to “lay the groundwork for the 2014 cycle by supporting and expanding their fundraising and outreach operations,” according to a statement by the DCCC. The program helps protect members that are in politically vulnerable positions or have won by narrow margins in prior elections. It also includes representatives of swing districts.

The program helps beef up individual campaigns with additional support through media, consulting and other programs.

“It’s pretty much a reflection of the fact that I represent a very, very tough district for Democrats to represent,” Mr. Bishop said in an interview on Monday. In 2010, Mr. Bishop narrowly beat Republican challenger Randy Altschuler, by a mere 600 votes. Mr. Bishop again held off a challenge by Mr. Altschuler in 2012, winning by a more comfortable 5-percent margin of 13,875 votes.

Mr. Bishop said he’s not offended by the designation from national Democrats. “It’s an embrace of reality,” he said. “The reality is, as I said, I represent a district that has 25,000 more registered Republicans than registered Democrats, and it has more registered Conservatives than any other congressional district in the state of New York. So this is a tough district for a Democrat to hold on to. That’s just reality.”

The Center for Responsible Politics website shows Mr. Bishop outraising Mr. Altschuler in the 2012 race, $2.7 million to $2.3 million. But changes in federal campaign finance rules allowed Super PACs to add another $3 million for Mr. Altschuler’s campaign coffers, compared to $1 million for Mr. Bishop.

In 2010, Mr. Altschuler raised $4.6 million to Mr. Bishop’s $3.1 million.

Emily Bittner, national press secretary for the DCCC, declined to say why Mr. Bishop was selected for the program in an email on Monday.

The National Republican Congressional Committee issued a statement claiming Mr. Bishop was appointed to the fundraising program because Democrats are concerned about Mr. Bishop after allegations he improperly solicited campaign contributions from a constituent after helping him secure permits for a fireworks show surfaced last summer.

“Combining those ethical concerns with the fact that President Obama will not be on the ballot in 2014, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is right to fear Bishop’s exit from Congress,” stated NRCC Spokesman Ian Prior in an email.

Mr. Bishop dismissed those claims as “complete and total garbage, like everything else that comes out of the NRCC.”

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He's gonna need all the campaign money he can get his hands on. As soon as he votes for Obama's Gun Ban he's GONE!
By Levers69 (1), Flanders on Mar 14, 13 1:53 PM
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The priority list is for at-risk candidates that are losing support and likely to be replaced by non-democrat candidates but that can be relied upon to consistently vote along party lines. Not what I want in Washington; too much gridlock already.
By Funbeer (273), Southampton on Mar 14, 13 4:28 PM
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And the Dems were saying Altschuler was "buying" a seat - this doesn't look good for Timmy ...
By Board Watcher (534), East Hampton on Mar 14, 13 6:03 PM
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Oh, please! It is the democratic congressional committee funding him, not the Koch brothers. The good news is that all of you right wing zealots are going to lose - again!
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on Mar 14, 13 6:12 PM
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In case you missed it, Tim Dickinson tore the GOP a royal new one in his latest article for a much hated music periodical which has reported on politics for around forty years...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Mar 14, 13 8:29 PM
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Tim Dickinson is biased and therefore cannot be considered a good journalist. Journalism 101 Z.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Mar 14, 13 8:56 PM
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Is there really a difference Progress?
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Mar 14, 13 8:57 PM
Captn, there is not better word to describe extremists like you and your fellow 27east pals.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Mar 15, 13 8:12 AM
Sure there is, it is patriot.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Mar 15, 13 1:37 PM
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Despite any perceived "bias", he made some really good points.

Much like Newt Gingrich.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Mar 16, 13 8:16 PM
When Obama is not on the Ballot, Bishop will need all the help he can compromise his values for
By kpjc (161), east quogue on Mar 14, 13 7:42 PM
So much for the dems promoting more moderates
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Mar 14, 13 8:16 PM
Has to be more than 97% - he doesn't have an oriiginal idea - scary !!!
By drteedancer (10), East Hampton on Mar 15, 13 6:01 PM
Patriot = sore loser. You guys need to lick your wounds and move on. Bishop destroyed the outsourcer and, as is evidenced by his reelection, wingnut extremists, despite the prevalence of their lunacy on this blog, are a dwindling minority. And yes, you are extremists, floundering to stay relevant in a society that has no use for your zealotry, you mistake talking loudly for relevance.

One need look no further than cpac to witness the final throes of an intellectually bankrupt species ...more
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Mar 16, 13 2:46 PM
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Maybe. I know for sure that I don't like losing but the battle is long. Study history a little and you will see how situations change over time. If and when the conservatives get their act together and decide to make the changes necessary to start attracting and keeping voters, things will swing back. The current crop of conservatives, save a few, are not getting it done. What the party needs to focus on is what really matters. FISCAL conservatism. Other issues push voters ...more
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Mar 16, 13 4:18 PM
Not enough time has gone by for any meaningful change. The wheels will probably turn very slow in that regard. Can't argue about 43. The size of the gov't and spending ballooned under his presidency. We got deficits and the Patriot Act as a result, hooray.

I do like Ted Cruz, Rubio, Ryan, and Jeb Bush however I have zero use for Trump, Palin or Santorum.
Mar 16, 13 8:57 PM appended by dnice
Stunning new statistics from the Watson Institute at Brown University’s ‘Costs of War’ report show that the decade-long War in Iraq has resulted in at least 189,000 deaths and cost more than $2 trillion. Expenses, including interest, could top $6 trillion through 2053. WOW, initial estimate in 2002 put the costs at $60 billion. Oops.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Mar 16, 13 8:57 PM
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Very well said dnice.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Mar 16, 13 11:26 PM
to dnice:

It would be nice to see a Republican Party represented by collegial and rational candidates but its debut, if if occurs, will be long in coming. Proof of that is in the candidates whose names you mention approbatively. Cruz and Rubio are Hispanic faces fronting True Believer minds. Ryan is a pathological shadow of Romney with less charm. And Jeb Bush, besides being genetically almost identical to George the Worst, is best known for his wife's attempt to smuggle fashions and ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Mar 16, 13 11:54 PM
hhs -

None are perfect. Unfortunately, and sadly, it would be hard to find a unstained candidate on either side. While I call myself a conservative, I grow more and more disillusioned with politicians and politics as a whole. Disgusting business infested with rats spending us into oblivion.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Mar 17, 13 1:18 PM
The validity of hhs's claims of Mrs Bush's smuggling alllegations aside, there is a perfect example of why the good ones DON'T go into politics. Takes one idiot to attempt to besmirch a candidates wife , family member or even the actions of a candidate 30 years prior to seeking office. Not for one second attempting to debate his or her legislative agenda, or political philosophy.
There are no saints in the business of politics, government or business, yet we continue to expect them all to ...more
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Mar 17, 13 1:32 PM
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By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Mar 16, 13 4:29 PM
I think you might be lumping all of the teaparty into one group but showing up to a discussion on racial equality with a confederate flag is not only stupid and offensive but probably only serves one purpose, to incite anger and violence. Some people can't get out of their own way.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Mar 16, 13 5:59 PM
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"We" are not so divided as some would try to make us think.

The majority is a big thing, but what happens when minorities are too powerful?

You get lobbyists...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Mar 16, 13 8:26 PM
So being i favor of smaller government makes one a zealot or an extremist? Realizing the we are Taxed Enough Already makes one a bigot?
Are you OK with the present crop of fiscal crack heads in DC spending us and uor choldren into fiscal oblivion? Please get outside away from MSNBC, put down the Huffington Puffington Post and take a good look around. Are you doing better today than you were before Barry took over? Hss your take home income grown? Has your tax burden increased?
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Mar 16, 13 5:57 PM
Listen, the roots of the problems you decry are as old as evolution

The chimp at the top of the tree is the alpha. BUT, try this. How should the populace treat a fat leader who tosses nothing more than rinds at the people?

Probably not well...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Mar 16, 13 8:34 PM
The TEA party has not advocated for eliminating any of the services that you mentioned Phil. As usual your talking points are wrong, check your sources, or better yet provide some proof!
The gangsters in DC are borrowing FOURTY CENTS OF EVERY DOLLAR that's being spent!! Even a liberal should be able to see that level of borrowing and the deficit produced will soon cause a fiscal disaster!
Not sure where you got the idea that public services are meant to promote equality. We all have an ...more
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Mar 17, 13 8:33 AM
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By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Mar 18, 13 9:16 AM
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for it will never be enough
By They call me (2826), southampton on Mar 18, 13 11:09 AM
For everyone who marvels at the amount of time obama spends playing golf, here are a few numbers from the Government accountability Institute, which has analyzed how much time obama actually spent in economic meetings of any kind during his first 1,257 days in office, based on the official White House calendar and the daily presidential calendar compiled by Politico. Among other things, the analysis found that obama spent less than 4 percent of his total time in economic meetings or briefings and ...more
By They call me (2826), southampton on Mar 18, 13 10:55 PM
HMMMM question anything that Dear Leader does or says is racist "They call me", be prepared for the leftists to call you on it! You too Capt. America.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Mar 19, 13 8:42 AM
consider this,
Reince Priebus was ahead of the Republican National Committee when Romney lost. Why hasn't he been fired? Karl Rove ran the biggest independent PAC in America, or one of them. He won 1.3% of his races. Why do people keep promoting him? On TV, donors, and so forth. These losers are not going to save the Republican party.
A year ago, a poll was done, it's done every year, it's Gallups, the political ideology of the American people. 'While 47% of Americans continue to describe ...more
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Mar 19, 13 10:56 AM
The main problem is they are politicians, not public servants.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Mar 19, 13 9:15 PM
Good post. However, Ronald Reagan provided amnesty for two million illegal immigrants and signed into law the Indian gaming act. Do you think in today's conservative party, views like those would have been accepted from their leader? Much like the conservative party, the catholic church is under attack for not moving forward with their views. As long as you condemn gay people, don't grant equal rights to them, condemn contraception, equal rights for women in the church, you are not going to be relevant ...more
By Mets fan (1501), Southampton on Mar 19, 13 11:19 AM
Mets, I agree with you about equal rights for Gays... I could give a rats Azz who you live with or what you do behind closed doors. I also agree we need to solve the immigration problem and give these people work visas and let them pay taxes., You have never heard me say women are not equal just that each job has different standards and if a women cannot pass the same physical tests as a man for a particular position then we should not lower the bar. Example being able to bring a 150 Lb dummy down ...more
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Mar 19, 13 2:55 PM
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Love this one:

“You always know the mark of a coward. A coward hides behind freedom. A brave person stands in front of freedom and defends it for others. Don't hide behind the Constitution, or the Bible. If you're against gay marriage, just be honest, put a scarlet H on your chest, and say: 'I am a homophobe!' ".

~ Henry Rollins
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Mar 19, 13 8:02 PM
Today's conservatives would never have supported those plans Reagan put into law. Conservatives on the east end would have a cow if the Shinnecock's would finally get a casino and all would become extremely wealthy. I have seen the posts from the right that they don't deserve it,so wrong again on that the right supports that.As long as you don't support gay marriage you don't believe in equal rights in America. If you had your way, you wouldn't have abolished segregation. Nothing like traditional ...more
By Mets fan (1501), Southampton on Mar 19, 13 1:18 PM
You are right, I hate people who are haters. You ,big fresh, joe hampton , they call me, 27 dan, razz, undocumented dem are not part of the same persuasion? Or are they all extremists? you have too low self esteem to admit i am right about what I said about reagan and today's conservatives. he did what was right for america, not worrying about appeasing the far right. Something romney should have learned.
By Mets fan (1501), Southampton on Mar 19, 13 4:33 PM
Nice to see the republican party changing. it sure beats that great thinking self-deportation idea that romney had. Starting to sink in that hating latinos, that the republicans would never win another election! So the highly idealed and principled republicans are switching to a moderate view to keep their day jobs. So transparent. But still a change in the right direction.
By Mets fan (1501), Southampton on Mar 20, 13 2:32 PM
It's coming like a tidal wave. The catholic church, Mitt Romney, and you and 27 east cronies will still be against gay marriage. I'm sure you are for amnesty for the latinos as well. The republicans core values as you know them belongs in the 1950's. You will never win another major election with those core values. Archie Bunker died in the seventies. Pro life and against the science of contraception,how does that even go in the same sentence. It is a good thing our women aren't as strict about ...more
By Mets fan (1501), Southampton on Mar 20, 13 6:59 PM
What's your solution deporting all 12 million. More fear mongering from the right, the whole U.S. is going to hell in a hand basket. blah,blah,blah. The country is recovering,wars are going to be ending, you can't take that good news. Nobody has done a worse job with the sanctity of marriage than heterosexuals. Your stance is still anti-gay, anti-latino(legal or not legal),anti-indian, anti-women's rights. You are the worst kind of citizen, you represent everything that's ugly in america. captn ...more
By Mets fan (1501), Southampton on Mar 21, 13 12:01 PM
Like I told you on the other thred, Dr. Carson Would be a fine president and wish him gods speed if he chooses to run

We love Women, just not the selfish barbaric murdering act of abortion for convenience

Working people are great! I am a working person will be till the day I die

Love Spanish people they have family values go to church and work very hard they just need to pay taxes, Everyone needs to pay taxes not just the rich!

Your envy of the rich will in the ...more
By 27dan (2854), Southampton on Mar 22, 13 10:55 AM
Elizabeth Warren Makes Case For $22/hr Minimum Wage LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

$22 an hour?...COOL! Then I can quit my job of responsibility requiring yearly certifications, and training, and become a greeter at Walmart!

By Undocumented Democrat (2065), southampton on Mar 19, 13 2:44 PM
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Excellent News Dr. Carson Leaves Door Open On 2016 Run

Dr Ben Carson on Tuesday announced a possible run for president of the United States
By 27dan (2854), Southampton on Mar 20, 13 7:24 AM
Dr. Carson would be an interesting choice, he is a fiscal conservative , something this great nation desperately needs in the oval office. Wait for the left to start the character assassination , they can't have a black conservative in power, goes against everything they believe in! Look what happenned to Herman Caine, they trotted out the "sexually harassed" women and destroyed his credibility. Amazing how the threat of lawsuits, along with the poor "harassed" women just vanished into thin air.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Mar 20, 13 7:59 AM
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What we need is somone who read "Atlas Shrugged", and said "Are you ****** serious?".

I hesitated in saying this earlier, but frankly I tire of your hubris, and ego.

You need a reality check. ONE 1913 dollar, is 4 cents tomorrow.

Just dwell on that, while you consider who ****** up this country.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Mar 20, 13 10:20 PM
It was far left-wing conspiracy.
By Mets fan (1501), Southampton on Mar 20, 13 7:02 PM
I think Dr Carson Would be a fine president and wish him gods speed if he chooses to run.
By 27dan (2854), Southampton on Mar 20, 13 9:42 PM
Our Johnny-on-the-spot media elite are all over the devilish details of ObamaCare this week. The three-year anniversary of the signing of the bloated government grab is tomorrow, and what better time to point out its massive failures and punitive complications than after it is too late to do anything about it?
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Mar 22, 13 8:43 PM
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Pew: Obama's Middle East Approval Lower Than George W. Bush's

Despite Barack Obama's promises to salvage America's reputation abroad from the all damage supposedly done by the Bush administration, a survey shows support for the United States in several Middle East countries has dipped below its level from George W. Bush's final year in office.
By 27dan (2854), Southampton on Mar 23, 13 6:56 PM
On the Economy, Obama Has Lost His Polling Advantage over the GOP
by John Sexton 23 Mar 2013, 11:12 AM PDT 2post a comment Share This:Nate Silver at the NY Times looks at the trend in recent polling and finds that President Obama no longer holds an advantage over the GOP on handling the economy.

By 27dan (2854), Southampton on Mar 23, 13 6:58 PM
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