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Campaign Notebook: Bishop-Altschuler Debates Kick Off

Meanwhile, committees and super PACs flood the region with ads.

As election season kicks into high gear, Patch will be rounding up news from your local elections running up to Election Day. Here's what happened this week:

Congressional Debates Kick Off

Just over six weeks before Election Day, Congressional candidates Tim Bishop and Randy Altschuler started making the debating rounds, doing three debates in total from Sunday through Thursday. The two faced off Sunday (click here to see video of the first debate) and Thursday in Riverhead, with an appearance in Hampton Bays on Monday sandwiched between the two.

In Hampton Bays, a high school senior bluntly asked the two candidates, "Why are both of you running negative ads and sending negative flyers instead of concentrating on your own achievements and accomplishments?”

Committees, Super PACs Send Messages

While the two candidates for Congress battle it out mano a mano, like-minded political committees and super PACs are coming to send messages backing their candidate up - or taking their opponent down. The New York Democratic and Republican Committees have sent out handfuls of flyers over the past two weeks, one calling the other candidate "corrupt" while the other labels its opponent an "outsourcer."

Meanwhile Prosperity First, Inc., a conservative super PAC, PhotoShopped the former House Majority Nancy Pelosi to look as though she's playing chess in one flyer. And left-leaning House Majority PAC ran a TV ad highlighting Altschuler's former company OfficeTiger.

We asked readers what they thought of the flyers arriving in their mailboxes nearly every day. Join the conversation here.

Speaking of Super PACs...

The nation's highest donor to super PACs supporting Democratic candidates is Long Island's richest resident, East Setauket's James Simons. The founder of hedge fund firm Renaissance Technologies and former mathematics professor at SBU has donated $4 million to four different groups, most recently an Aug. 8 donation of $2 million to Priorities USA.

What Would You Ask LaValle, Fleming?

Southampton Patch editor Brendan O'Reilly has been asked to be one of a few moderators during an Oct. 15 debate between incumbent state Sen. Ken LaValle, R-Port Jefferson, and Democrat Bridget Fleming, Southampton.

The debate, co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons and the Hampton Bays Civic Association, will take place at the Hampton Bays Senior Center, starting at 7 p.m.

We're curious what's on our readers' minds, so if you have a question you would like answered, ask it in the comments section of this article.

Mary Beth October 01, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Randy Altschuler's business partner at OfficeTiger, Joseph Sigelman, said "we hope to be leading the move of white-collar jobs from the US." [LA Times, 8/29/04]
Bob Bittner October 01, 2012 at 06:50 PM
@ Mary Beth... the difference here is Ryan offered along with Democrat Alice Rivlin alternatives to the parts of Simpson Bowles Plan on Medicare he could not support. The President "did nothing" with his commissions report!
Jaguar-Guy October 01, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Thank you Bob B. MB pulls the pin on a grenade and throws it in the room and calmly walks away - and NEVER has the guts to reply. Yes, we all know it was the PRESIDENT's ridiculously HUGE ego that stopped a grand-bargain. Boehner and the Dems had a deal and Obama screwed it totally up - as reported by Bob Woodward too.
Jaguar-Guy October 01, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Tim Bishop outsourced Billions of our Tax Dollars on creating jobs and wealth in Canada, Mexico, Finland and everywhere else OTHER than Long Island. He bankrupted our College, hired 23 family members to be on the payroll (nice for them), is guilty of taking BRIBES and is atop the list of most corrupt congressmen. He is a crook, who has NO problem reaching into our pockets - to fill his. How does a civil servant become a multi-millionaire?? http://investigatebishop.com/
Glory October 03, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Thank God we have the Voice of Reason here on the Patch....Jag!

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