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Sep 17, 2010 2:19 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Republican and Conservative primaries underway

Sep 17, 2010 2:19 PM

A pair of primaries is underway across Suffolk County today to determine the Republican Party and Conservative Party challengers to U.S. Representative Tim Bishop of Southampton, an incumbent Democrat who has also received the Independence Party endorsement.

The same three men are vying for both the Republican and Conservative lines: Randy Altschuler, a business owner who lives in St. James, George Demos, a prosecutor who lives in Ronkonkoma, and Chris Cox, a business owner who lives in Westhampton Beach.

Mr. Cox arrived at the Westhampton Beach Fire Department headquarters on Sunset Avenue with his fiancee, Andrea Catsimatidis, shortly before 8 a.m. to cast his vote. Afterward, the couple said they were heading off to East Quogue Elementary School, where Ms. Catsimatidis was planning to vote.

“I feel pretty good today,” Mr. Cox said after voting, adding that his campaign mounted a push to increase voter turnout in the primary, which he said was key. “We’ve run a great campaign with a lot of great supporters, so I can’t help but feel good.”

Conservative Party leaders chose Mr. Altschuler as their candidate in April, but Mr. Cox won a legal challenge in August that forced the Conservative Party primary. Mr. Altschuler is the only name that will appear on the ballot in the Conservative Party primary, but voters can write in the names of Mr. Cox or Mr. Demos.

Mr. Demos voted this morning at Hiawatha Elementary School in Lake Ronkonkoma.

According to his Facebook page’s wall, Mr. Altschuler spent the morning at Ronkonkoma and Smithtown train stations campaigning and he voted at St. James Elementary School in St. James.

Polls close at 9 p.m.

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We already have a real east end local in congress, Tim Bishop . Why would we want to replace him with Altschuler from St. James or Demos from Ronkonkoma, or Cox who really lives in Manhattan, not Westhampton Beach?
By clam pie (161), Westhampton on Sep 14, 10 11:10 AM
What has Bishop done for you clam pie here in SH Town? Who cares that Bishop lives here, he has not represented any of the people he represents from Montauk to parts of Brookhaven.
He is a Obama and Pelosi lap dog. Time for his to go in November.
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Sep 14, 10 7:01 PM
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And maybe because he stinks as a representative?
By dylan32 (64), east hampton on Sep 14, 10 11:31 AM
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I am rooting for Randy. we have enough lawyers in congress and I feel he would make the strongest canidate agains Bishop. The most important goal of the GOP should be to unite and back one canidate so we can kick Bishop to the curb
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Sep 14, 10 2:29 PM
While I have no doubt that having one of the two houses of congress controlled by the party not in the White House will lead to more effective, responsive government, nothing I've seen in terms of organization and messaging gives me confidence that the GOP won't completely blow this opportunity once they take control of the House.

It won't be the "once in a lifetime" opportunity lost as the Dems have somehow managed to do despite Obama's coattails, but without some coherent long term policy ...more
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Sep 14, 10 2:55 PM
"Randy Altschuler, is the founder of OfficeTiger, a company based in Chennai, India. OfficeTiger’s mission was to convince U.S. companies to outsource jobs to India—and it seems Altschuler has been quite successful in shipping out U.S. jobs."

Yeah, just what we need to save the middle class, a guy who made millions sending jobs to India. What a class act.
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on Sep 14, 10 3:11 PM
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outsourcing?? walk down to the 7-11 in Southampton and Ill show you outsourcing
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Sep 14, 10 4:00 PM
At least credit the AFL-CIO if you are going to copy and paste directly from their propoganda. I don't like US jobs going overseas, but one could easily argue that the AFL-CIO has done more to drive jobs out of this country than any company has.
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Sep 14, 10 3:47 PM
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Do you dispute the facts?
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on Sep 14, 10 3:52 PM
I just voted for Cox
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Sep 14, 10 4:41 PM
Only because Palin wasn't running.
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Sep 14, 10 5:57 PM
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Tim and the Democrats thank you.
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on Sep 14, 10 7:28 PM
I really hate outsourcing, Almost as much as I hate the AFLCIU
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Sep 14, 10 4:43 PM
Why so bitter Noah... 2 years of absolute power not enough for you? Once we take the house back. Watch the market take off ! and then maybe we can start to repair the damage O bummer and his band of 60s radicals have caused
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Sep 14, 10 6:09 PM
The market? The market is the strongest it has been in years, but the market has absolutely nada to do with the real economy.
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on Sep 14, 10 7:30 PM
The market has nothing to do with the economy? So where would the economy be right now if the fortune 500 companies went bankrupt? I have a feeling if they all collapsed the economy would be affected
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Sep 14, 10 8:40 PM
"the damage O bummer and his band of 60s radicals have caused"?!?!?!?!?

Truth be told, they didn't make the best of a bad situation, but we'd all be in bread lines if they didn't bail out Wall St. . However, it was not just the free ride, plus $30M in fees FROM the bailout Wall St. got paid for ******* up more royally than at any other time in American economic history, but the pat on the back and lack of penalization to go with it that was simply stupifying. These bankers and congressmen ...more
Sep 14, 10 10:14 PM appended by Mr. Z
NOTE: 7. Christopher Cox (SEC Chairman 2005-2009)
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Sep 14, 10 10:14 PM
I respectfully disagree Z
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Sep 14, 10 10:22 PM
I believe it had more to do with Frankendodds lending practices, jump started by the Clinton administration.That said, you already know I do not believe that the Wall St bail. out or any other Bail out is a good thing. Let the system fail the cycle has to run its coarse . But I do agree with you on the matter of transparency. The more the better.
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Sep 14, 10 10:28 PM
Well, I remember when Clinton signed the GLBA, and repealed key Depression Era laws that not only eliminated rules which barred banking/insurance conflicts of interest, but also the SEC, and the Treasury failed on a massive level by not regulating the derivatives market.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Sep 14, 10 10:45 PM
And, by the way, Dodd-Frank was passed in 2010.

What does it have to do with the decade of excess, and deregulation that preceded the crash of 2008?
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Sep 15, 10 9:50 PM
These men look like babies, let alone candidates! Makes you wish for someone who looks as old as Southampton's Madame Supervisor.
By xatiannorthsea (16), southampton on Sep 14, 10 8:53 PM
She is getting up there but still looks real good to me :) But you cant alway judge a book by its cover ;)
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Sep 14, 10 10:20 PM
Nice Christine O'donnell with the win. Paladino looks good come on Cox
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Sep 14, 10 10:18 PM