Campaigns Trade Barbs as Altschuler Pitches Jobs Plan

Bishop campaign fires back after being knocked around at Altschuler press conference in Southampton.

Standing in front of an empty storefront on County Road 39 in Southampton, his opponent's hometown, congressional candidate Randy Altschuler explained Monday why he is again challenging incumbent after .

“I decided to seek a rematch with Congressman Bishop this year because many of the problems that spurred me to run in 2010 still exist,” said Altschuler, R-St. James. “In fact, they’ve gotten worse.”

Altschuler was there to present his "10-Point Jobs Plan for Long Island," an addition to his campaign that he didn't have in 2010. He envisions Suffolk County becoming the Silicon Valley of the East Coast.

 Altschuler’s plan calls for:

  • R&D tax credits
  • extending operating loss carry-forwards for start-ups
  • simplifying the tax code
  • cutting taxes on small businesses
  • eliminating the estate tax
  • repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax
  • eliminating the new surtax on investment income
  • lowering the corporate tax rate to 25 percent
  • ensuring U.S. companies operating globally aren’t taxed twice
  • repealing and replacing “Obamacare”
  • expanding domestic drilling
  • pulling the government out of investing in energy
  • blocking “cap and trade”
  • reforming fishing regulations
  • creating a renewable visa program for farm workers
  • and providing tax credits to businesses for hiring veterans.

Altschuler also says he will form a small business advisory panel for the First District to identify harmful mandates he will legislate to repeal and his first staff hires will be an economic development coordinator and, to connect local businesses with funding sources, a capital coordinator.

He painted the election as a choice between a “career bureaucrat turned politician” and a “self-made person … who came from humble beginnings to put himself through school and build two American companies.”

In 2006, Altschuler sold OfficeTiger, an outsourcing firm he co-founded. Later, he co-founded CloudBlue, a technology recycling firm of which he still serves as co-chair.

Speaking after the press conference, Altschuler called Bishop, D-Southampton, the former provost of the defunct Southampton College, a “failed college administrator.”

“There’s no substance behind that,” Bishop spokesman Oliver Longwell said of Altschuler’s remark. “That’s an absolutely baseless charge.”

Long Island University closed the campus in Shinnecock Hills in 2005, three years after Bishop stepped down to run for Congress; Stony Brook University bought the campus in 2006.

Altschuler also said during his remarks in Southampton that politicians on both sides of the aisle, including Bishop, have sunk future generation into debt while promising constituents that Medicare and Social Security will be there for them, “despite knowing these programs are on the fast track to insolvency without action today.”

He predicted that instead of debating the issues, Bishop will run a negative campaign, saying, “Every other word out of his mouth for the next sixth months will be ‘outsourcing.’”

After the press conference Altschuler said, "I've created over 1,000 jobs in America. I've created jobs overseas. I'm a job creator."

Longwell said Altschuler claims, in a formulaic response, that he is not an outsourcer, then defends outsourcing, then turns it around and says Bishop is the true outsourcer.

“He understands that voters in Suffolk County reject outsourcing,” Longwell said.

Longwell said that Altschuler is “uniquely poorly qualified” to encourage businesses to move their operations to Suffolk County. “How is he supposed to deliver the message to other business leaders to relocate to Suffolk County and hire Suffolk County workers when he wasn’t willing to hire Suffolk County workers himself?” Longwell asked.

He also questioned how Altschuler can expect a Suffolk technology corridor to take root while supporting a federal budget proposed by House Republicans that he said cuts funding for Brookhaven National Lab, Stony Brook University and the Department of Energy.

Bishop ally and County Executive Steve Bellone, D-Babylon, also went after Altschuler. In a prepared statement, Bellone said, "Considering that outsourcing millionaire Randy Altschuler didn't even consider putting his own company in Suffolk County, I'd be hard pressed to think of a worse person to fight for Suffolk County jobs."

Bishop and Altschuler aren’t the only two candidates in the race. Former Securities and Exchange Commission prosecutor George Demos, R-Brookhaven, is challenging Altschuler for the GOP nomination in a June 26 primary.

At Monday's press conference, Altschuler was joined by Republicans Southampton Town Councilman Chris Nuzzi, Southampton Town Tax Receiver Theresa Kiernan and East Hampton Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson, Conservative Southampton Town Councilman Jim Malone and General Manager Paul Monte.

He followed up the event with similar press conferences in Calverton and Shirley, to which Demos sent a man in a chicken suit with a sign stating that Altschuler is "too chicken to debate."

Alschuler spokeswoman Diana Weir said Monday that Demos' camp has never contacted her to schedule a debate.

Ally May 08, 2012 at 08:24 PM
I just love the chicken! hahaha.... Brilliant!!
Argile May 08, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Funny how you blame the rich. New York has a 54 BILLION dollar Medicaid bill because the poor and illegals breed like cockroaches and the middle class has to pay for it. But lets blame the rich for their success and steal their money because our government doesn't know how to curb spending and how to say NO to people that abuse entitlements.
Argile May 08, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Someone has to bring jobs here since the Democrats chased the economy away with it's outrageous taxes. In 10 years what jobs has Tim Bishop brought to Long Island to support the economy? I'll wait....
Postman Sharp May 08, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Hmmm...seems to me that it was Bush who got us INTO this mess, not Obama who had to finance the future of our grandkids to get us OUT of the Bush mess. And you've overstated the maximum personal tax rate in France by 25%. Factually speaking, every time government slows down spending during a recession, the US has gone into a deep and broad decline and recession. While nobody wants unbridled spending, it's wrong to think that the "bridge to nowhere" was built by any one party in any one year. Our population is growing (because some people can't keep their thing in their pants) and the taxpayer has to fund Social Security, MediCare and so forth. Your parents enjoyed those benefits while I paid for the priviledge. Now, with health care costs through the roof and Americans in the worst health they've been in for decades, you want to do what? Kill universal health care, too? Society, capitalistic societies in particular, have a responsibility to the people who make the stockholders rich for taking the risks they take. But in the US, you can mess with a guy's pension plan, like Romney did, and all those years of dedication to one's job is lost in a flash...with the retirement package...it's the law that favors the corporate raiders like Romney and it stinks for the middle class and working man.
Meadow Lane May 08, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Bush drove our economy into the dumpster. The jobs were sent abroad by Altschuler, who is obviously a "dumpster diver" while Romney raped and pilaged American corporations to make himself rich. Just the two self-centered geniuses we need in Washington representing...who? You? Dream on, little boy, dream on.
Jaguar-Guy May 08, 2012 at 11:08 PM
I would. I would give a successful businessman and entrepreneur a chance, as opposed to someone's whole mantra is continuing to tax everything in sight - sheesh !! To keep the same guy in office and expect a different outcome is the definition of insanity. Bye Bye Bishop.
Mo Neill May 09, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Jaguar guy is a bad joke if he wants us to believe that it was somebody other than Bush who ran our economy in the ditch. Fact: More jobs were created in Obama's first year than in all 8 yrs of Bush. Romeny & his little wannabe, Randolph Altschuler, can promise the moon all they want to, but people see it is the exact same Repub strategy of enriching their wealthy sponsors at the expense of the middle class. All three Repubs have shown they will ruthlessly f-k over working folk at any opportunity. We all see what Romney & his little Romney have done for their own bank accounts by selling off good paying jobs of good Americans to the lowest bidders in 3rd World countries. How can anyone who parks his money (taxfree) in the Caymans & Swiss Bank accounts expect the rest of us to thank them for their legal treachery. These tricksters & scions of Wall St will do anything & say anything to woo uneducated voters, hoping to convince us they have OUR interests at heart. Clearly, they've shown utter contempt for our countrymen all the way to the bank.
Mo Neill May 09, 2012 at 04:39 AM
robkoz, Can you read? where does Mr. Freewright blame the rich? You sound like a little Nazi with yr hatred for immigrants & poor people.
Jaguar-Guy May 09, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Calling names and hurling the insults - typical. What I've written is that we had a 5 Trillion Dollar debt and a bad economy as Bush was leaving. Now we have a 15 Trillion Dollar debt, and SOLELY taxing the rich will do nothing but pay out borrowing interest for a couple of days. And yes, why not give someone who has been successful in the Public Sector a shot? I am not thrilled by Romney, but unless things start to change, I do not think I can vote Obama again. And btw, Hollande - France's President elect ran on a platform of taxing the super-rich 75%. Compared to ALL of Europe, the rich here have it easy. Combined with taxes, slowing government spending is a must for an economic rebound.
Mary Beth May 09, 2012 at 11:59 AM
You are about as independent as Rush Limbaugh!
Jaguar-Guy May 09, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Good points Postman Sharp and I understand what you've written. When does this economy become Pres. Obama's economy though? I remember VP Biden and Pres. Obama both saying that this was "their" economy over a year ago. Dow at 13,000 is good, unemployment rate leveling out (less people looking for work though) and gas prices down a bit before Memorial Day. Those three (3) things are HUGE and if they keep going alright, President Obama will be re-elected. There are only a couple swing states in play anyway. Obama is likable (whether you agree poltitcally or not) and Romney is a "stiff". Polls show Romney slightly ahead (I don't know how), but I believe Obama will win. He should finally come out pro Gay marriage and he should comment against the N.Carolina vote last night anti-gay marriage. Romney wants to steer clear of this issue totally.
Argile May 09, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Oooh the "Nazi" word. I'm so insulted..... Why don't you come back with an intelligent rebuttal instead of insults? But I understand, your a "regressive." It's a disease that blames people who are productive members of society for the problems of others, or shall I say the people that cause their own problems.
Argile May 09, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Here ya go Mo Neill. This is a great example of people YOU think the rich should be taxed higher for. But hey, let's not place the blame where it really belongs right?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bavou_SEj1E&feature=related
Preliator May 09, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Mo Neill, why don't you hit the history books for a couple hours and learn who and what the Nazis were. If you don't have the time I can sum it up for; they were socialist, a twisted branch from the same sick tree that gifted humanity with communism, Marxism and sister beliefs liberalism and progressivism. They were leftist, a far cry from the conservatives and republicans you deride in your ignorance and your modern day democrats have far more in common with them than any republican or conservative.
Argile May 09, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Mo Neil is just another ignorant person that thinks that people are "Nazis" if they expect other people to be law abiding, productive members of society. He obviously fell asleep during social studies cause he really has no clue what the Nazi's really did to people. Another failure of socialized schooling. It's pathetic.
Preliator May 09, 2012 at 03:05 PM
What is Bishop's plan; tax, spend, tax and spend until we are broke? Dim Tim can go take my pet anvil for a long walk off a short pier.
Argile May 09, 2012 at 06:03 PM
You're pretty good at name calling Mo Neil but you fail at reading. But like the rest of your libtard companions your short on facts but rich in stupidity. What we should do is prove your hypocrisy. When was the last time you volunteered your time to those in need? I did last month at the soup kitchen on 25a in Setaucket. I had to watch in horror as 75% of the illegals there stormed the free clothes section after they swarmed the dining tables. It was disgusting how Churches, who are going out of their way to help the truly needy, are being taken advantage of by illegal immigrants and stoners. Unlike the piece of trash you are I help humanity on a weekly basis. It's really pathetic that instead of helping themselves they choose to bite the hands that feed them. But why should you care? Instead of teaching themselves to help themselves there's plenty of money to hand out hanging from the Obama tree right?
Argile May 09, 2012 at 06:05 PM
I'm still wating for someone to tell me what jobs Bishop created on Long Island.
Preliator May 09, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I don't believe either I nor Jaguar called anyone a cockroach and your overuse of the term 'Nazi' really is a disservice to victims of their leftist policies. I know it is any easy throw away line, just like how leftist call any one who opposes Obama a racist; it is intellectually lazy.
Preliator May 09, 2012 at 06:17 PM
He made one for his daughter, does that count?
Jaguar-Guy May 09, 2012 at 06:46 PM
You are just silly Mo Dill. Where do you get Nazi when I've written that Obama is going to be re-elected. And, I have never said one thing ever about roaches. You are a ridiculous child and joke.
Jaguar-Guy May 09, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Good one Mary Beth. More Jonah Hill.
Mo Neill May 09, 2012 at 07:02 PM
rkkoz & Preliar, If you delete yr post referring to the poor & "illegals" as breeding "cockroaches" & apologize to this forum, I will gladly withdraw any reference to you, pitiful rkkoz as a Nazi. Also, you should stay out of Christian churches as you obviously oppose everything Jesus Christ said about the poor and the rich. It is good that you walked out in disgust as yr blasphemy against Christianity was short lived. And stop patting yrself on the back because one day you felt badly about yr beliefs and bored enough to find a church in Setauket. When you go there weekly or daily to feed the poor & clothe brown skin, then we all might join you in yr self-applause. Preliar, Really, you should read history & find out what "national socialism" was about. It was Nazi title for their ideology, who believed their enemies were the developmentally disasbled, Romany people, Jews, homosexuals, labor unionists, communists & others on the left such as Trotskyists, Internat'l Socialists, anarchists, et al. Just because they used the term "national" to show they were flag-waving patriots with Germany's interests at heart and "socialist" because they needed & sought working class support so they might not be percieved as hard right thugs they were regarded as by those not on the right or consumed by hatred for those on the Nazi blame list. You cannot twist their reality or history to suit yr own impoverished right wing hatred for equality & liberty
Argile May 09, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Obama re-elected? Even the Democrat analysts on CNN today don't even believe it's going to be a shoe-in. But then again how is Obama going to win without ACORN this time around?
Preliator May 09, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Margret Sanger, an icon of the left, helped inspire the Nazis. Efforts to neuter and euthanize the developmentally disabled and dabbling in eugenics were favorite subjects of progressives/liberals in the years before WW2. There is not enough room here to debate Mo but the Nazis were leftist, bothers and sisters to socialism, Marxism and the rest of the whole progressive lot of ill.
Mo Neill May 09, 2012 at 08:16 PM
You are correct sir Sam! Bishop has done a good job for our district & has helped to protect the middle class against the depredations of Wall St., corporations who evade taxes & the 1% who hide or launder their money tax free in any number of enabling foreign banks. 1.6 trillion dollars in offshore tax havens for the special, whixh would make a large dent in our nation's debt & create many jobs. The screamers who claim the rich being taxed like the rest of us won't do much for our debt are non-sensical. On top of the offshore money (thanks to their elected Repub servent bribe-taxers, the pay for play scheme (No wonder Levy changed to Repub; he saw which side had the butter) there's a jillion loopholes for their domestic money these good flag waving patriot Repubs make good use of paying off their elected servents. Remember that good Republican patriot, John Templeton of Wall St's Templeton Fund? He renounced his American citizenship to become a Bermuda patriot citizen so he would escape paying USA taxes, patriot that he was. He was a pioneer of that Fundamentalist Repub dogma that the U.S. Government has no right to collect money or any tax from its soveriegn citizens, esp. its rich job creators like Willard and Randolph, risk-takers, who inspire us all.
Jaguar-Guy May 09, 2012 at 08:53 PM
VP Biden donated less than 1/2 of 1% of his income to charity this year ($650 bucks). VP Gore donated a whopping $452 to charity last year. Obama and Romney donated about 9-10% each last year - good. Millionaire VP's are cheap!! Those VP's do nothing for the poor.
Argile May 09, 2012 at 09:48 PM
You're all alone in your ignorance and arrogance Mo. It's really sad that in this day and age a person can't tell the difference between someone who truly needs help and one that is there soley to reap the benefits of someone else's generosity. You talk tough behind a computer screen. I'm sure that's where it ends.
Argile May 09, 2012 at 09:51 PM
The best is when you have the Hollywood types go on TV pleading for donations as they drive away in their Bentley. Liberal hypocrisy at its finest.
MensaLady May 10, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Randy is talking about the most important issue in the upcoming election and you say a man in a chicken suit is brilliant? That is the high level of intelligent discourse on serious issues from the blog rats! Scary.


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