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May 20, 2014 12:42 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Only Zeldin To Appear In Southampton After Demos Denies Debate

May 28, 2014 10:31 AM

UPDATE, TUESDAY, 2:45 P.M.:

According to the Reverend Donald Havrilla of the Southampton Full Gospel Church, George Demos will not be at Tuesday night’s event.

“George Demos is afraid to come,” the Rev. Havrilla said on Tuesday afternoon. “At the last minute, he said he was not coming and had given some weak excuses as to why he’s not coming in [an] email.”

In a statement, Kevin Tschirhart, a spokesman for Mr. Demos, said the event was improper as it appeared to be giving Mr. Zeldin a second chance at a debate that Mr. Zeldin failed at on Friday on LI News Radio.

“Clearly Zeldin did very poorly and his supporters are attempting to have a do-over,” Mr. Tschirhart said. “A debate organized, sponsored and moderated by Zeldin supporters is illegitimate. This is a ridiculous proposal and unfortunately looks a lot like the Zeldin campaign.”

The Rev. Havrilla said the church had earlier confirmation from Mr. Demos's staff that he was coming, but then that changed when they said he wanted private security guards or police officers at the debate. Later, Mr. Demos's staff said there would be known Lee Zeldin supporters there and he would not be coming, according to the reverend.

Mr. Tschirhart said, however, it was never confirmed that Mr. Demos was going to attend the debate because Mr. Tschirhart was concerned it was going to be a set up.

“Lee Zeldin will be here as far as we’re concerned,” the Rev. Havrilla added. “It appears there may be an empty chair tonight.”

Rev. Havrilla said the event is still on for Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at the church—with or without Mr. Demos.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A debate featuring the two Republicans fighting for the right to attempt to unseat incumbent U.S. Representative Tim Bishop will be held on Tuesday, May 27, starting at 7 p.m., at the Southampton Full Gospel Church on County Road 39.

State Senator Lee Zeldin, an attorney who lives in Shirley, has already received the endorsement of the Suffolk County Republican Committee. He is being challenged in a primary election next month by George Demos, a former prosecutor for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission who lives in Stony Brook.

The primary election is set for Tuesday, June 24. The winner of that race will challenge Mr. Bishop, a Democrat from Southampton, in November for the 1st Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

All are welcome to attend and participate in Tuesday’s debate. Call (631) 283-6829 for more details.

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By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 27, 14 3:18 PM
Demos is a jerk-hope he drops out now
By westhamptonboy (227), Westhampton on May 27, 14 5:54 PM
Just like he did two years ago!

A GUTLESS jerk!
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on May 27, 14 7:34 PM
I've seen a lot of bizarre things in politics, but just unilaterally announcing there's going to be a debate a few hours before start time, and then claiming your opponent didn't show up is pathetic. And then some Sharpton-style "reverend" comes out to butress the lie? The previous debate was announced a weeks before. I didn't find any reference to a debate here until Zeldin tweeted it after his Memorial Day hangover.
By Sheldn (3), Farmingville on May 28, 14 7:54 AM
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Publication: The Southampton Press

Staff Writer May 20, 2014 12:42 PM
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 28, 14 8:08 AM
As Z points out, the original article was published May 20th, or a week before the debate was to be held:

"A debate featuring the two Republicans fighting for the right to attempt to unseat incumbent U.S. Representative Tim Bishop will be held on Tuesday, May 27, starting at 7 p.m., at the Southampton Full Gospel Church on County Road 39."


From the updated article:

"The Rev. Havrilla said the church had earlier confirmation from Mr. Demos's staff that he was coming ...more
By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 28, 14 8:51 AM
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By Sheldn (3), Farmingville on May 28, 14 10:26 AM
Mr. Demos did well in the debate. In a boxing match, if you get knocked out, can you get up again and ask the Ref for a do-over?
By SteveDietrich (1), Smithtown, New York on May 28, 14 11:49 AM