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Campaign Notebook: Altschuler, Bishop Sides Square Off 1 Month Out

Sides continue to take jabs at one another in Congressional race.

While candidates were more than likely hitting the streets this week with Election Day just over a month away, headlines were rather slim in the local political arena, as the first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney dominated the news.

In the race for New York's First Congressional District, sides continued to square off in the race between Tim Bishop and Randy Altschuler.

The two faced off in a debate in Smithtown on Monday night, though before the two met, Bishop's campaign reacted to recent news that House Speaker John Boehner is coming to the district for a Republican fundraiser.

“For all of Altschuler’s ‘outsider’ rhetoric, he certainly has powerful friends in Washington,” Bishop's Campaign Communications Director Robert Pierce said. "It seems that Altschuler has no problem criticizing the Republican Congress at night and cashing their checks by day.”

Meanwhile Republicans continued to paint Bishop as corrupt, seizing on a story picked up in August centered around a Bishop staffer asking a constituent for funds after the Congressman helped him gain fireworks permits. The National Republican Campaign Committee released a statement Thursday, calling Bishop "this week's most corrupt Democrat."

Pierce told the New York Daily News: "The NRCC is in a tough spot. They can't cut an ad praising Altschuler's business experience, because his business is outsourcing American jobs."

The plays from out-of-state groups are nothing new to the race and will likely continue over the next month.

Altschuler defended himself in a blog post on Patch this week, saying, "Bishop’s campaign is predictably getting more and more desperate with their personal attacks against me.  In short, he’s just going to make things up and hope to fool you."

North Fork Bob October 08, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Well here we have it.The American choice.Pick the bad or the worse.Becoming all too common in politics these days.No wonder Congress is a train wreck.Trouble is they are smashing into us.
Jaguar-Guy October 08, 2012 at 01:39 PM
"The collapse of the Grand Bargain is trivial" - oh, ok hat. Glad to know the President of the U.S. has driven us OVER the cliff - Obama should have grabbed that deal the day Dems and Repubs worked together and agreed - but NO - he threw America under the bus the next day because HE didn't like it. So the POINT hat, is that WE did agree - BOTH PARTIES - and President Knows Nothing cocked it up. THAT IS THE POINT. As for Randy - NO AMERICAN JOB WAS LOST - NOT ONE. No American would take a job that paid .13 cents an hour - NO ONE. Ergo, No american jobs lost. Check Mate again. As for Tim "shyte for brains" Bishop - run ONE ad touting ANY accomplishment !! Bishop has CRUSHED Long Island - demolishing 40,000 families here, and outsourcing AMerican Jobs to China and Finland and Mexico with OUR tax dollars. Wrong again hat.
highhatsize October 08, 2012 at 04:32 PM
to Jaguar-Guy: To reiterate, ONLY the REPUBLICANS were prepared to force the federal government to default on its debt. They used this insane ultimatum to compel concessions from Democrats that they could not have obtained by rational means. The "bargain" arrived at was that the Democrats agreed to recovery-killing funding cuts and the Republicans refrained from pushing the button on their Doomsday Device. Had the Democrats been as demented as the Republicans, they would have stood fast, allowed the Republicans to drive the country into economic chaos, and then reaped the political benefits when the citizenry road the Republicans from office on a rail. The effect of this deal with the devil will be felt in January when the massive Republican funding cuts are initiated and plunge us back into recession. The same clerical jobs that pay $$10/hr. here pay 13 cents/hr. (your figure) in India. That is THE REASON that Randy shipped them over there. What prevents you from comprehending this simple fact? Most recently, Congressman Bishop obtained funding for the dredging of the Shinnecock Inlet. The rest of your final paragraph is oft-refuted rubbish which you continue to post nonetheless.
Jaguar-Guy October 08, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Hey hat, what prevents you from comprehending that nobody would take a THIRTEEN cent per hour job. hat - you can have your boorish snobby attitude and monicle (what a joke), but you CANNOT have your own facts. Randy took no american jobs and we all know Bishop outsourced MY, YOUR and EVERYBODY'S tax dollars to create wealth and jobs in China. p.s. Why can't your candidate run 1 positive ad touting an accomplishment? Riddle me that you pompous slug. As for Obama cocking up the Grand Bargain - sorry you're upset Republicans chose to draw a line in the sand FINALLY - so that we do not become Greece, Portugal and Spain (who are burning Madrid over austerity cuts today as we write - begging Angie Merkel for their next bailout payment). Just FYI - we have the same debt ratio at Spain 42%. But as Obama stated on Letterman, "the deficit is a short term issue" and Bengazi was a bump regarding foreign relations". You got a great boy there hat - keep spinning all the BS. Lastly and again, as for Bishop - RUN ONE AD TOUTING HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS !!!! You lie like a rug hat, so nobody on Patch believes a word you write. He is 100% NEGATIVE because he has such a CRAP RECORD. Shot down in flames again hat. I am proud the Repubs chose to make the President keep at least one promise of cutting the deficit, but he refuses to do so, which is why we will default on January. Obama should have GRABBED that deal and ran - but he would not show the Repubs can agreee - which they did!!
Jaguar-Guy October 09, 2012 at 01:00 PM
That is right hat - pipe down. Write again when Bishop runs his FIRST positive Ad, which will be never because he HAS NO ACCOMPLISHMENTS - other than ripping off our College, having a Billionaire pay for all his kids college, he hired 23 family members to work at teh College, he doubled tuition while there - and looted it like it was HIS piggy-bank. He is a CROOK.

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