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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 one challenger in another race takes a new job, opting to suspend his campaign.

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."

Meanwhile in the race for the Second State Senate District, Democratic candidate Errol Toulon took a job offer from Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone to get a county Traffic Violation Bureau up and running, effectively paving the road back to Albany for incumbent John Flanagan, R-East Northport. We asked readers their thoughts on one-person races; join the conversation here.

Argile October 07, 2012 at 04:26 PM
I think it's pathetic and hypocritical that Bishop constantly talks about Altschuler's outsourcing when in fact Bishop is guilty of it to a mass extreme measured in BILLIONS of US tax dollars. Pot meet kettle...... http://sago.com/2012/07/12/tim-bishop-youve-got-some-explaining-to-do/
Sam Mays October 11, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Bishops not just a hypocrite, the guys a downright criminal http://www.crewsmostcorrupt.org/mostcorrupt/entry/tim-bishop
Teacher October 14, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Altschuler's tv ads don't do him any favors. His wife does all the talking and then he just pipes in with a whiney voice at the end that he approves the ad. His business experience comes from creating jobs in India. Not NEW jobs, jobs that were previously held here by Americans. Is outsourcing American jobs something he's actually proud of?? I'm Independent but I can't think of one reason to dump Bishop in favor of Altschuler. Bishop has been doing a good job for Long Island. He's got my vote.

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