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Sep 22, 2010 10:57 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Congressional race kicks off; candidates trade blows

Sep 22, 2010 10:57 AM

U.S. Representative Tim Bishop of Southampton kicked off his campaign at a rally in Farmingville that drew a crowd of 300 supporters on Sunday, according to a press release from his campaign.

The Democratic congressman is running to hold on to the seat he has held since 2002, representing Eastern Long Island in the U.S. House of Representatives. On Election Day, he will face Randy Altschuler, a business owner and first-time candidate from St. James who received the Republican and Conservative party nominations last week.

Mr. Bishop, who is also endorsed by the Independence Party, was quoted as criticizing Mr. Altschuler, a millionaire, for trying to “buy” the seat, and alluding to the fact that his opponent moved to the district three years ago.

“I ran for Congress because I live here and because I care about living here,” Mr. Bishop said in a speech to his supporters. “I didn’t move here to run. I care about the people of this district, I care about its issues, I care about seeing to it that they’re properly represented. I didn’t just run because I wanted my first name to be Congressman. That’s all Randy Altschuler wants.”

In a press release issued on Saturday, Mr. Altschuler claimed Mr. Bishop has wrought higher taxes on Suffolk County residents, and criticized him for voting with Nancy Pelosi of California, the liberal speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Tim Bishop can feign anger to rally his liberal Democratic base as much as he wants—it pales in comparison to the outrage felt by residents of the 1st District who are sick and tired of his 97 percent voting record with Nancy Pelosi,” the press release stated.

On Monday, Mr. Altschuler’s campaign also announced that the candidate was endorsed by Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts and a presidential hopeful in 2008.

New Term For 
Independence Chairman

Suffolk County Independence Party Chairman Frank MacKay was reelected the party’s state chairman for the seventh time at a convention held earlier this month, according to an Independence Party press release issued this week.

Mr. MacKay, who lives in Rocky Point, ran unopposed, the press release stated.

The Independence Party of New York has grown significantly during Mr. MacKay’s tenure, 
and it is the largest statewide third party political organization in the nation, with 413,855 
members as of April 2010, according the State Board of Elections.

“The party is growing in numbers and strength and this is due to the hard work and talent of our county leadership around the state, and our dedicated State Committee,” Mr. MacKay was quoted as saying in the release. “I appreciate their support and we now look forward to rallying around our candidates and making a strong statement on election day.”

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By BOReilly (135), 27east Web Editor on Sep 28, 10 4:53 PM
Thanks for voying on the Health Cate bill Tim
By oldguy (60), hamptons on Sep 28, 10 5:16 PM
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Ok Bo thanks for all you help
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Sep 28, 10 5:35 PM
Timothy Bishop on Budget & Economy
Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
Voted YES on bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
Voted YES on additional $825 billion economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
Voted YES on TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
Voted YES on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
Voted YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs,infrastructure, & energy.Sep 08
Voted ...more
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Sep 28, 10 5:55 PM
Tim does whatever the Obama-Pelosi-Reid contingent tells him to.

Thanks for the Healthcare. See ya.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Sep 28, 10 7:12 PM
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This act does nothing to help our small business. There is no tax cut for them, it doesn't help us create new jobs and they certainly don't want to borrow money now! They need more customers, and the only way I can see to get more customers is for people to have more confidence in the economy... not paralyzed by it by raising taxes! And this bill does nothing to help small business compete with the unions and goverment take over of just about anything the can grab! We the people see what the change ...more
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Sep 28, 10 7:29 PM
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Mr. Altschuler appears to be campaigning against Tim Bishop by criticizing everything that he(Bishop) has done. Mr. Altschuler doesn't seem to have a platform other than that. Could this be because he does not know anything about the First Congressional District? After all, he moved into this District only three years ago after his attempts to run in three districts in New Jersey failed.
Does Randy know anything about the Education Community in the First Congressional District? Does he know ...more
By Happy in the Hamptons (9), hampton bays on Sep 28, 10 7:56 PM
Tim wins because he comes off as genuine and sincere. That will be tough for an out-of-towner like Altschuler to duplicate.
By Mr Suffolk (113), Twin Forks on Sep 28, 10 9:47 PM
Timmy is anything but genuine. He is a tax and spend liberal with no regards for his constiuents. His flip flop on health care is a prime of example of putting his party before his district. DUMP BISHOP
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Sep 29, 10 9:35 AM
I just hate the robo calls. We already got two today. I rushed up from working in the cellar only to hear a recording of one of the candidates complaining about the other. UGH. During the primary we were deluged with calls. One night I found six messages on our recorder. Sooo annoying, and no way to stop them.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Sep 28, 10 10:20 PM
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Thanks for stopping the influx of faux wealth, and overdevelopment on the East End, Tim.

You have my vote, only because you are the least offensive bowl of [expletive deleted].
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Sep 28, 10 11:13 PM
tim called our house last night in a recording complete with class warfare - middle class v. over 250k - which doesn't make you rich when you start off taking 55% of that home - before expenses and a host of other ism's and schisms. to hear his aggressive rambling as the family was sitting down to dindin was offensive. have you seen a "before" and "after" picture of tim ie. how he looked when he was a freshman v. now? its a damn shame. bloated and stuffed full of pork and drunk from the tax ...more
By dylan32 (64), east hampton on Sep 29, 10 8:51 AM
Kicked off his campaign with about 300 hundred supporters? I spoke to someone who was there and he said it wasnt even 100 (and he is a huge Bishop supporter.) This clown needs to go. DUMP BISHOP!!
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Sep 29, 10 9:33 AM
I was there. There were about 70 people and Bishop's team were running around looking very anxious. Every camera angle is geared to make the crowd seem bigger than it really was, thus the up shot from behind the podium - you will notice just a smattering of folks looking for an extended lunch hour standing against a tarp on the side of the road. Beyond that, what they were looking for was nowhere to be found. No new ideas, no pride in the recent legislative "triumphs", no touting the voting ...more
By justduckey (58), artist colony on Sep 29, 10 9:50 AM
HE'S STANDING AT A PODIUM IN THE BED OF A PICK-UP TRUCK! Apparently flapping his mouth off about something. My guess is he drove around Suffolk for a couple of days till he could find a group of people waiting on line to get into a movie house or unemployment office and took the photo-op pix. I can't tell if the people pictured are clapping or praying that he shuts up and goes away. Hey Tim how do you spell DUMP YO!
By uncleronk (136), southold on Sep 29, 10 9:50 AM
I would also like to add that of those few in attendence, dozens were what we like to call ''Purple People Beaters'', namely the purple shirted members of the SEIU Service Employees International Union. They were in street clothes but pretty telling nonetheless.
By justduckey (58), artist colony on Sep 29, 10 9:55 AM
to phil at home, when the party in charge has a super majority, and the party in charge gets nothing done - it has nothing to do with the minority. you can thank your own dopey klan who couldn't get their stuff together. if you were together, there is nobody that could have stopped you. if you're not in a vegetative state yourself, that is a very easy concept to grasp. Further, the congress has been led by dems since 2004. you cannot argue on the issues, the economy, national defense, immigration ...more
By dylan32 (64), east hampton on Sep 29, 10 10:14 AM
The minority party has tried to block all forward movement by being the party of NO. It's disgraceful. It's been pandering to the loudest elements of its own fringes. The ones who can not get over the fact that we have a man of color in the White House. I know lots of them. They go on endlessly about his being a Muslim or being born elsewhere, but it boils down to race. The GOP's been ignoring moderates within itself, leaving us wondering where to turn.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Sep 29, 10 12:45 PM
You all would vote for a billionaire who made his money out-sourcing AMERICAN JOBS. In fact her pioneered the technique of shipping high paying AMERICAN JOBS to India. Now he wants to buy a Congressional race here on Long Island...he just moved here.
Shame on you!!! Where is your patriotism?
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Sep 29, 10 12:53 PM
This is going to be a "hold your nose as you mark your ballot" deal on election day: the carpetbagger versus the fraud.

I had three Bishop calls in the past two days, two robo-messages and one actual woman (calling from out-of-state, it seemed) who got an earful.

By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Sep 29, 10 1:59 PM
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goldenrod, do you have an original though to share? you have said nothing that i cannot read on the daily kos on any given day. the party of NO? yawn. we're all racists, yawn. you are hardly a moderate. nice try. vote for bishop, you and the other losers will have something to talk about besides bedwetting and bullying.
By dylan32 (64), east hampton on Sep 29, 10 3:46 PM
well, i didn't see my old pal sh native here. can you please tell me what is wrong with paying destitute indians to do jobs that americans don't want to do? heard that argument before? how dare you question anyone's patriotism. heard that argument before? please tell the baby indians that now have a chance at a future because of the beautiful work randy altschuler has done. have you seen the school in india made possible because of the income previously poor, hungry and desperate can now earn. ...more
By dylan32 (64), east hampton on Sep 29, 10 3:52 PM
Altschuler outsourced thousands of American Jobs!!!
He moved here to run for Congress!!!
Watch this video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezlbyMjATDs

Any Questions?
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Sep 29, 10 4:52 PM
that approach didn't really help chris cox then and it's not going to help you now, and it is a pretty sad state of affairs when that's your strong point. can you name a damn thing that tim did, that actually worked the way it was supposed to that you are proud of. anything. and, it had to work, don't tell me about all the small business tax nonsense - that had absolutely no affect, measured by any benchmark - not to mention the take home pay of the actual small business owner. but let me give ...more
By justduckey (58), artist colony on Sep 29, 10 5:30 PM
and what about being fitted into the position of, ahem, provost by the uber rich head of the institution is so honorable - and please don't say that tim is ''pro education'' that is the dumbest thing that any politician can call themself...but this institution whose cost increases have far exceeded that of healthcare. but we hear nothing about that, because the education unions are in the back pocket...right. have you seen the tuition of southampton college before the ''policies of the prior administration'' ...more
By justduckey (58), artist colony on Sep 29, 10 5:35 PM
Tim Bishop saved our country from the brink of financial collapes.
Remember January of 08' when we were talking about the next great recession? Tim Bishop helped avert a global financial meltdown.

While Tim Bishop was doing this your candidate was counting his Billions that he made from sending good American Jobs overseas.
Altschuler has some nerve comming here and trying to buy our congressional seat with his billions of bucks.
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Sep 29, 10 7:15 PM
"Tim Bishop saved our country from the brink of financial collapse" I need to get some of those drugs you have you been taking? That is one of the funniest things I have heard in while.
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Sep 29, 10 9:40 PM
so, forget that you think we are not on the brink of financial collapse now, but fine. how did he do that please.
By justduckey (58), artist colony on Sep 29, 10 9:18 PM
and would you look at how she tries to use class war fare to insinuate that it is inherently bad to be a billionnaire? timmy would have preferred to be one, but since that didn't work out, he hooked up with robert f.x. sillerman. this guy installed him as the provost and then paid for both of his kids college. so, if you can't be one, next best thing is to befriend one. and isn't that the way tim's policies have all worked out? he doesn't feel like paying for college (like the rest of us are ...more
By justduckey (58), artist colony on Sep 30, 10 6:54 AM
IT is bad to be a billionare when you made your money by outsourcing good American jobs to India.
Shame on you for supporting this man who profited by outsourcing your fellow American's jobs.
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Sep 30, 10 11:15 AM
unlike you i am happy to address your points, but i see where you get them from a review of the dem mid term talking points reveals "Republicans support outsourcing'' as a headline. This is base politics, take down the other guy, don't address policy differences. Fine, unfortunately reputable studies from the University of Chicago and several other independent studies show that outsourcing non core competency jobs actually result in a boon for the US! Yep. The money saved is invested in larger ...more
By justduckey (58), artist colony on Sep 30, 10 11:49 AM
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If it were not for confiscatory taxes championed by the Demokrat Party and one of it's lapdogs L'il Tim Bishop, there would be less need to outsource jobs. Coupled with the Demokrat dominated unions the policies of the Demokratz have caused the loss of American jobs. We have to vote the bums out and it starts at home, adios Bishop. Time to get a real job.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Sep 30, 10 5:15 PM
Well, if you'd like to vote in an "interloper", who has no roots on the East End, let's see how that works out.

Altshculer is here to buy his office, and further his own political career with big money.

Of course, that's the same people you consistently defend funding him, as well as him funding himself. In fact, those are the same people who keep your neighbors starving, or in the poorhouse with the disparity their self entitlement, greed, and avarice.

If you weren't ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Sep 30, 10 10:07 PM
Did Tim vote in favor of the GLBA?
Sep 30, 10 9:59 PM appended by Mr. Z
OH, wait. Silly me, he got in AFTER they lit the fuse on the economy...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Sep 30, 10 9:59 PM
hey, if you are simple enough to gauge who you are going to vote for by where they are from then you have bigger problems than your never ending "i am a victim" dialogue. but if i were you, i'd be more drawn to the guy who is spending his own money for a race that can only be won with huge $$...than a guy who thinks its fine to use your money and that of his wealthy pals who will then turn around and get their pound of flesh for those contributions. try someone who isn't beholden to any big sugar ...more
By justduckey (58), artist colony on Oct 1, 10 10:13 AM
Well, we'll just have to see who the least offensive candidate turns out to be, as time progresses...
Oct 1, 10 3:47 PM appended by Mr. Z
And, it's not about being a victim. It's about the fact that 234 years later, we still do not have an equitable, nor sustainable society. I could care less if you are wealthier than me, BUT, if your excess, greed, and avarice destroys a pristine thing or place, and fiscally evicts generations of families (or puts security out of their reach), all for useless monuments to an individual's ego, well, if you want to live in that kind of society, it's your right to do so. It seems to me, you don't know me that well...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Oct 1, 10 3:47 PM
And, silly me, I forgot to address your "sugar daddy" line of b******t.

I you knew me, you'd most likely know there is an eighty percent shot you have NEVER physically worked as hard as my peers, or myself to support yourself. You'd know that I've kept people's cars on the road, and not asked one thin dime of them, since they had it not to give. I don't throw money at problems, I choose to endeavor to SOLVE them. Because, I don't believe in a world where someone's "advantage", is permitted ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Oct 1, 10 4:08 PM
after 234 years we don't have an equitable or sustainable society? how about after 17.3 billion years the planet is still not an equitable place in a non-equitable solar system? i wouldn't hold my breath.
By justduckey (58), artist colony on Oct 2, 10 8:17 AM
Truth be told, it (our planet) has become much more stable as the moon has slowly increased it's distance from the planet. That's why Mars is a pipe dream. No large moon, dead geologically, no magnetic field to shield the planet's surface. You'd have to live in a 'bubble", or a spacesuit. The solar system is quite stable so far as planetary systems go, as such. There was a significant amount of iron to play with. That helped ALOT. And, for reference, it's the most stable element on the Periodic ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Oct 2, 10 4:34 PM
So you think Terra forming is a dream
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Oct 7, 10 12:49 AM
On the Tim Bishop side:

1,000 jobs created at Brookhaven National Lab
The Credit Cardholders Bill of Rights
Wall Street Reform
Defense of Medicare against Republican attacks
Improved health care for veterans
Tax cuts for small businesses that hire people.

On the Randy Altschuler side:

Zero experience
Failure at seeking office in New Jersey
A recent move to Long Island
10,000 jobs shipped off to India
Would repeal health reform
Would ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Oct 6, 10 3:21 PM