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Altschuler Seizes Indy Endorsement from Bishop

Independence Party switches from 2010 endorsement of the Democratic incumbent to 2012 endorsement of repeat Republican challenger Randy Altschuler.

Republican Congressional candidate Randy Altschuler this week received the endorsement of the Independence Party — a party line that Democratic incumbent Tim Bishop had in 2010 when Altschuler narrowly lost to him.

Altschuler, of St. James, has the Conservative Party endorsement as well, but must still defeat George Demos, of Brookhaven, in a primary before he can have a rematch with Bishop, a five-term congressman from Southampton. Altschuler and Bishop's 2010 matchup was the , 36 days after Election Day, with just hundreds of votes separating them.

Bishop received 7,370 votes on the Independence Line in 2010, while he ended ahead of Altschuler by just 593 votes.

“The shift of support is seen as a potential game changer in the race for this competitive Suffolk County seat,” Altschuler’s campaign said in a statement.

In an Independence Party of New York statement, party Chairman Frank MacKay said Altschuler received the endorsement “by virtue of his background as a self-made businessman who came from humble beginning to achieve the American Dream.”

“Randy has always impressed me as someone who has the real world experience we need in Washington to fix the economic and fiscal mess facing the country,” MacKay continued. He called Altschuler a “Washington outsider and successful entrepreneur” who has achieved success outside of politics.

The Bishop camp did not act discouraged.

"Suffolk County voters know Tim Bishop's record of service, and they vote for a person, not a party,” Bishop spokesman Oliver Longwell said Thursday. “Third party lines are simply not as important in major races where the candidates are well established. Tim beat an incumbent in 2002 without the Independence line, and the voters who re-elected him over Randy Altschuler in 2010 will know where to find Tim on the ballot."

But Altschuler spokesman Chris Russell said, “Make no mistake about it, this is a major blow to Congressman Bishop’s campaign. … It tells you all you need to know that the Bishop campaign is now scrambling to downplay the endorsement, when two years ago they were celebrating it.”

Meadow Lane March 23, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Anyone familiar with the Independent Party's heirarchy knows how far a dollar can go to securing their nomination. As Randy's friend was quoted as saying, Altschuler "will do anything to get elected". Interpretation: Another political whore.
Chris631 March 23, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Demos....give up already! You have nothing to offer the voters of Suffolk County! You are about as qualified as George Costanza, so it is ironic you are blogging as "George"
Tom March 23, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Strangely silent in this whole debate is the Southold Town Democratic Party Chairman, Mr. Arthur Tillman, who I believe is also a Mattituck Resident. As we all know, Mr. Tillman's daughter has been employed by Congressman Bishop as a "Caseworker" for 9 years, since 2003, and in fact earned $19,950 last QUARTER, which works out on an annual basis to a whopping $79,800 per YEAR, which in this poor economy is a pretty good job. http://www.legistorm.com/member/128/Rep_Tim_Bishop_NY/145.html Oh and speaking of employing daughters, check out how much Tim Bishop's daughter Molly earned from "Tim Bishop for Congress," as the owner of "MCB Consulting" (Molly C. Bishop Consulting). Yes, she earned $130,000 for the 2012 election cycle, and $120,000 back in 2008. What a gravy train this guy is! http://www.legistorm.com/member_family/128/Rep_Tim_Bishop_NY.html So Mr. Tillman, where is your commentary on Mr. Bishop's lack of support for Mattituck and the North Fork, especially compared to the MILLIONS he has spent supporting the Hamptons and his millionaire supporters? Where is your commentary on the Independence line suddenly withdrawing its support from Mr. Bishop? Isn't this the very same Independence line that your party sought to obtain for its candidates? And how can you be so silent when a Democratic Congressman, your own candidate, clearly shows preference for the Hamptons, and not your very own home town? Where is Arthur Tillman? The world wonders.
Preliator March 23, 2012 at 02:36 PM
And a 10 year professional politician like Tim Bishop won't when the gravy train he and his family have been on is threatened? No no, Dim Tim has been latched on to the public teat too long, he'll do anything to keep the milk flowing.
forward thinking March 23, 2012 at 02:43 PM
LOOKING FOR A HOUSE IN THE HAMPTONS
MARTIN DREW March 23, 2012 at 03:00 PM
We called Tim Bishop several times to help a issue in EH ; we got a call from a underling ; no results just a inquiry as to the topic . Once he was apprised of the recreation issue , we never heard from his office again. Useless as a leader ; good to hear voters are interested in moving past this person. His politics continue to sell out my libertys ... Good choice to endorse some new blood ...
Hollows March 23, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Facts will not cloud your judgement - will they Mary Beth? Thousands of jobs - who says? Your colorful political mail flyers? Bishop has voted for bills that have truly sent thousands of jobs overseas! Fisker Automotive shipped out 500 jobs alone to Finland when Bishop voted for the Energy Independencre and Security Act of 2007. When Bishop voted for ARRA in 2009, the result was GM laying off thousands of workers by expanding offshore outsourcing. How about doing some homework and not drinking the KoolAid. Bishop has outsourced more jobs than Altschuler. That is the ultimate hypocrisy. We live in a global economy. Everything you buy Mary Beth is made somewhere else. How do you think that happened? Time for an entrepeneur and real job creator to represent this district. I'm sure Randy will pay for his own children's education, as well
Larry Fischer March 23, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Money made by Molly bishop is done as a private consulting firm. Which gets its money from the donations from the Democratic party to help our candidatees get into office. Unlike Randy Altschuler who according to FEC reports spent over 2 million dollars of his own money to become a congressman. Which Randy's campaign spent more than 2 million dollars in 2010. The question I pose is why spend so much personal money to win a race that after roughly having the same amount from donations. If you want a true race he shouldn't of spent his money and stood on what he stands for. But alas after pouring 2 million dollars of his personal fortune, made from an outsourcing company into the 2010 race Bishop won based on what he has done for all of LI including the NorthFork.
Larry Fischer March 23, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Second signing the Affordable Healthcare Act has allowed 4,700 young adults to have coverage in NY-1st. Making insurance companies keep people on their plans in case of serious illness 710 small businesses in district received tax credits to help maintain and expand health care coverage A nice car in the Congressman's “gravy train” is 2.5 milllion dollars in public health grants given to community healt centers, hospitals, doctors and providers. By the way, according to the Congressional Budget Office says this Act that is saving seniors money on prescriptions, making preventative procedures accessible and helping small businesses cover their employees will reduce debt in the next decade by 100 billion, followed by 1 trillion the following decade.
Larry Fischer March 23, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Those in the Independence Party are an incohesive party and tend to vote how they want. Rarely vote along party lines and any political science professor will tell you often vote for the Democrat candidate. Pre redistricting NY-1st had near 20,000. Unlike the two major parties they are not ideologically driven or party loyalty. It is better to have your name on more lines but its significance is overstated. In 2006 he got 92,546 votes 7,468 being from the Independence line, won b 41,032. In 2008 if you switched all those who voted on the I line to his opponent he still would have won by over 30,000 votes. It appears you guys forget that people will vote for a candidate and not by party loyalty. I have never done that myself and do not encourage people to do so. Not to mention the coat-tails of a presidential election where we are expecting upwards of a surge of 36,000 voters mainly from younger, latino and African American voters. But people do like Tim because he helps his constituents with important issues and his record has shown he represents us because he cares for all of LI, Western, Northfork and Southfork.
Mary Beth March 23, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Who says, Hollow? Tiger Outsourcing says. The right leaning Politico says. The New York Times says. Take a freaking look at this video they made in India http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYIjlwwvxg4 "Facts"? You want to talk about "Facts"? "Everything" I buy is made somewhere else? Everything? What, did you break into my house and read labels? Randy Altschuler destroyed American lives to fatten his own wallet and he wants to be in congress to pay back his buddies who helped him. By the way, a simple Google search and you will see that Randy went to public schools. Did he pay for that?
Tom March 24, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Pretty entertaining Larry. Seeing that you are a first time poster here, with suddenly three posts in just this one thread, I assume we hit a nerve with the Bishop campaign. Actually, based on the recent scrambling his office is doing to suddenly address North Fork issues, and your posting here, I know we have. Enjoy the election, and remember, make sure Dim Tim Bishop's campaign pays you in full for your efforts before November.
MensaLady March 24, 2012 at 01:19 AM
He did not have a millionaire donor pay for his education. He worked his way through Ivy league schools and started a business creating jobs for real people, here, there and everywhere. Bishop NEVER created a job anywhere. But he sure helped kill jobs here on Long Island and wait til Obamacare kicks in for real - small businesses will be closing and many more jobs will be lost. What has happened since Bishop has been in Congress? Numbers don't lie. We are in deep recession, foreclosures at an all time high. Democrats controlled Congress and the White House and what did we get? Obamacare! Awesome. You mshould all be so proud.
Argile March 24, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Tim Bishop supported the billion dollar bailouts of the incompetent banks (TARP. The proof is in the link above.) Then the banks all gave themselves bonuses on the taxpayer's dime. The man is a sheep, a career politician. A follower. Not a leader. Remember that next time you vote. The proof is in his voting record above.
Carole Campolo March 24, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Today, demonstrations took place in Patchogue and Southampton, where many concerned citizens gathered to protest Tim Bishop's vote for of the liberty killing Obamacare and his and the Obama administration's policy of Judeo-Christian religious intolerance. While we can agree to disagree on some issues, it is good to see that the Independence Party recognizes our beloved country is in deep trouble, and supports real hope and change by endorsing Randy Altschuler. I will be happy to work together with Elaine Jones to elect Randy Altschuler as Congressman for the first congressional district. Go Randy and God Bless America.
Ralebird March 24, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Did the issue happen to be remedial English for imitation attorneys?
MARTIN DREW March 24, 2012 at 08:43 AM
gj- no d- bag it was about recreation brought by me a REAL country gentleman .. Who uses his full name unlike you looser! No attorney here just a concerned citizen ; Get a clue !
Sarntmajor March 24, 2012 at 11:49 AM
More a question, but all we hear from the demo.'s is about outsourced jobs until our ears bleed. I'd like to know what others think about those jobs that are "outsourced" right here in our backyard. I want a political leader who is willing to actually "DO SOMETHING" about things important to our country and way of life, like showing a effort to curb illegal immigration, hold those who hire and house people below the standard "taxable" wage and living conditions and instill a sense of American Pride, keeping earned wages here in our economy instead of feeding the coffers of some other place on earth. Who cares if a few jobs are sent overseas that effectively support an American company (and honestly, would you or anyone you know want to do those jobs?) when you have many times more jobs being lost right here that also directly effect our economy and taxes. Regardless of politi-party, vote in the candidate who actually cares about America and vote those who have turned their backs on the hard working American citizens by condoning illegal immigration out of office.
Concerned March 24, 2012 at 12:52 PM
I hope Bishop loses this election for a host of reasons. But at a local level his inaction on the environmental detriment being caused by the helicopter traffic over the Peconic Bay Estuary is my reason to actively campaign against his re election. The noise pollution and emmission of pollution from these noisy birds into our bays and fragile wet lands is doing such damage. The Atlantic has a better chance of dealing with this pollution, but the Estuary cannot. The Estuary is the heart of the North and South Forks, and Bishop's inaction and lip service to this matter of grave importance to the local way of life is just wrong. He has allowed thisnpollution to continue in order to protect his wealthy benefactors on the ocean of the Hamptons. That is corrupt thinking!
Amy K. Martin March 24, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Yes David, fortunately people who call themselves 'Independent' are just that and are less likely to be the sheep following Randy the outsourcing, carpetbagger wolf toward Washington, adding one more self serving representative to the mix...
Amy K. Martin March 24, 2012 at 03:18 PM
you think you'll get better representation from a carpet -bagger from another state that lives and works in western suffolk...Think you'd better think that out again....
Tom March 24, 2012 at 05:22 PM
@Amy Martin From another state? What the heck are you even talking about??? Randy was born and raised in New York City, graduated Hunter College High School, which, if you whip out Google you will learn is in New York, and he lives in St. James, which is actually in the very district in which he is running, and in which we all live. Now yes, he did graduate PRINCETON UNIVERSITY (with honors), which is in New Jersey, I'll give you that. And I'll also give you the fact that he was a FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR at the University of Vienna, Austria... oh, and then there was his M.B.A. from HARVARD UNIVERSITY (also, with honors), which yes, is in Massachusetts... but honestly, I would take a little traveling to get educational credentials like that any day of the week over someone like Dim Tim Bishop, who graduated... get this... Holy Cross (in Massachusetts), and Long Island University (yeah, part of which he himself eventually financially drove into the ground). Oh yes, and Randy actually paid for all his own education while away from New York, and worked as a short order cook and security guard. Tim??? So yeah, give me the Princeton & Harvard graduate Fulbright Scholar over the 12th generation local from Southampton, who made it up to Wooster for a BA and then came back home to LIU to help put half of it out of business. Carpet bagger, my arse.
Amy K. Martin March 24, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Sorry, thought he'd lost a bid for election in another state, (where his business shipping of toxic electronic debris to 3rd world countries is based)....would that be Kind of like if my son or daughter who were born here & live in WA state moved back here in 2007 after losing a nomination there and decided to represent us in Suffolk instead where of they've lived since school ?
Tom March 24, 2012 at 06:32 PM
@Amy Martin Apologies accepted on your inaccurate information. No, Randy never ran for election in any other state, only New York, where he lost to Tim Bishop by only 593 votes, all of which was based upon absentee ballots cast mainly by wealthy New York City residents who have summer houses in the Hamptons, and therefore only well after election day. At the actual polls, Randy won. So I guess it is no wonder that Dim Tim spends all his time and effort on the Hamptons, he owes them. As for Randy's (second) successful business, I suppose you are referring to Cloud Blue, the company he co-founded, which is based in the US, in Georgia, and collects old computers from the waste stream, disassembles them and removes and recycles their component parts and metals, thus preventing the same parts and metals from going into our groundwater and environment... is that the company that you mean? And finally, I suppose it would be exactly like "if my son or daughter who were born here & live in WA state moved back here," provided that your son or daughter graduated two Ivy League universities with honors, was a Fulbright Scholar, became a multi-millionare on his or her own accord, and then decided to return home to NY to run for congress. Yes, in that case, I suppose it would be exactly the same. Otherwise, no, it would not. Have a nice day.
Amy K. Martin March 24, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Sorry, I didn't mean to imply he actually ran in an election for office- but rather he failed to win the nomination - re: a statement referring to "his attempt to run for Congress in New Jersey as a pro-choice, liberal Republican. In fact, Ms. Littell said Altschuler was “shopping” around New Jersey for a Congressional district in which he could run" - (Ms. Littell being the former NJ republican Party Chairperson, Virginia Littell.) & Tom - you're surely not doing him any favors with your pompous attitude....hope you're not an official spokesperson... It's truly Nice to know you have such a great opinion of the people you want to vote for him. I doubt the real people of the North Fork will appreciate your condescending attitude toward our non-ivy league educated family members. Just what we need is more self serving elitists in Congress....
Tom March 24, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Oh I see what you mean then, failed to win the nomination... much like Bishop just failed to win the nomination of the Independence party. Okay, yes. Same thing then. As for my responses, they are generated as a direct result of me being personally sick and tired of the constant lies and mistruths spewed here by Bishop and his Democratic party hacks, all of whom seem to think that repeating the same falsehoods about Altschuler is a valid form of political expression. I also think it is entertaining that every time they are proven wrong on the facts, they start attacking the individual who is speaking personally in some way, instead of sticking to the issues. Case in point. I think Altschuler should be accurately compared to Bishop, in every aspect, from upbringing, to educational background, to professional life, to political views. And I personally think that Altschuler outdoes Bishop in every aspect of those comparisons, in my view. Plus, there is enough liberal drivel here to more than absorb some conservative truths and corrections without generating any whines from the left. And no, I have nothing to do with Mr. Altschuler, I am just one rather sick of it voter, who is tired of seeing my town be completely ignored by Dim Tim Bishop except for every six months before an election. Hell, you can almost tell the seasons by the bird migrations, and Bishop's rare appearances on the North Fork. Oh look, a Tim sighting on the North Fork, must be March before an election!
Concerned March 25, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Well the last NY carpet bagger was someone named Hillary, and she was great as our Senator and even better as our Secty of State. We only wish she was now our President! Some carpetbagger!
East Hampton Retiree March 25, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Altschuler's US job creations were his own company's employees. Their jobs were to ship US jobs to Pakistan where they hid Osama Bin Laden.
Brendan J. O'Reilly (Editor) March 30, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Check out the latest updates on this story, featuring interviews with Frank MacKay Tim Bishop and Diana Weir: http://southampton.patch.com/articles/indy-chair-explains-switch-from-bishop-to-altschuler
MensaLady March 31, 2012 at 01:01 PM
You are sadly misinformed. Altschuler never ran for office in any other state, never nominated, never endorsed, never anything. Look it up on the FEC web site. How sad that you would believe all the misinformation spewed by desperate candidates. I marvel at the fact that you are that gullible. He has lived in St James for years.

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