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Facts Are Stubborn Things

Congressman Bishop has a ten-year record in Congress that he can't change. Facts are pesky things to run away from and just repeating phony statements over and over doesn't make them true.

I read with great amusement from earlier this week bragging about how “bipartisan” he has been.  It sounded great, but the problem for Congressman Bishop is that facts are stubborn things, and his record in Washington has been anything but bipartisan. 

Do you know that Congressman Bishop actually promotes an article on the Home page of his web site that is entitled “Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem.”? 

Does that sound bipartisan to you? 

(P.S. I assume he will delete it when he reads this blog post, but just contact my campaign – we saved it.) 

Much like his phony attacks on my business record, Congressman Bishop has demonstrated a knack for being willing to say anything if he believes it will advance his re-election prospects.  Whether it’s true or not seems to be largely irrelevant to him. 

I guess after nearly 10 years in Washington presiding over irresponsible spending and borrowing, and the collapse of our economy, you develop this “talent” as a means for political survival. 

Let’s take a few moments to review what non-partisan publications have reported and what Congressman Bishop has said to help us separate fact from fiction in regard to his self-proclaimed bipartisanship. 

  • After a review of his voting record, Congressional Quarterly reported that Congressman Bishop supported President Obama’s ultra-liberal agenda 97% of the time in 2009 and did so 95% of the time in 2010.  
  • CQ also noted that Bishop posted party unity scores of 96% and 99% during Nancy Pelosi’s time as Speaker, while the Washington Post said Bishop sided with the Obama-Pelosi team 94% of the time in 2011.
  • Newsday reported that Bishop empathized with Occupy Wall Street protesters, while calling conservative activists “very angry people” who exhibited “mob behavior.”
  • The Congressman has also repeatedly referred to himself as an unapologetic liberal, and said part of President Obama’s problem in Washington is that he’s tried too hard to be bipartisan.

I could go on and on, but you get the point.  Congressman Bishop can call himself bipartisan until he’s blue in the face, but that doesn’t make it true.

 That’s one of the reasons I am running for Congress.

 As a self-made businessman who has built two American companies from the ground up and created over 1,000 American jobs, I have experience working successfully with people of all political ideologies and backgrounds to achieve a common goal. 

I want to use those skills to advance my 10-point plan to foster job creation, boost small businesses and improve Long Island’s economy; The one that has lost more than 30,000 jobs since Congressman Bishop took office in Washington. 

As the father of two young children, I am concerned about them inheriting an America in crisis, and paying for problems that they did nothing to create. 

We still have time to turn things around, but we must act now. 

That’s why, if we want to truly change Congress, we need to start by changing our Congressman.

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Argile July 08, 2012 at 04:11 AM
You're post is a fail due to one simple fact, Tim Bishop has been in office for the past 10 years while the Long Island economy tanked. You can cite all you want about how Randy A. outsourced or how few jobs he created but you can't deny the FACT that Suffolk County has gone to crap and it has nothing to do with Randy A. Go up and read my first post about Tim "the socialist" Bishop's accomplishments. What cracks me up is how all of a sudden Bishop is now calling the one's that don't fund Obamacare "freeloaders!" Funny how it was the freeloaders who Bishop has been pandering too all these years.
Kev July 08, 2012 at 04:58 AM
A failed economy due to 8 years of Bush and a Republican controlled Congress.
Kev July 08, 2012 at 05:11 AM
No,we know it was Bush's fault we know it's not Altshulers fault. But we shouldn't let him have the chance to finish us off.
Ralebird July 08, 2012 at 05:51 AM
Do you know for a fact, Koz that Suffolk's economy is in the dumper AND "it has nothing to do with Randy A"? We can't get anyone to tell us how many American jobs were sacrificed when Altschuler's company moved those jobs overseas; we can't find out exactly which companies killed those American jobs; and we certainly get them to tell us how many of those jobs were held by Long Islanders. How can you be so confident Altschuler's hands are clean here?
Argile July 08, 2012 at 10:59 PM
@ Kev, crap! The econ is in the dump because people didn't know how to control their spending habits and not take out loans they couldn't afford. @ gj, I don't know where you live but I can find at least 20 vacant buildings in the town of Smithtown. One significant group of businesses on the corner of rt 347 and middle country road. And how can the middle class contribute to the economy when we are being property taxed to death. And what businesses did Randy have here? No one knows. But I can tell you Tim Bishop stood by and did nothing when 5 new taxes were created on our property tax bill. The New York State Real Estate tax being one of them. What's really pathetic is how you liberals can't see over both sides of the fence. NOTHING has improved on Long Island since Tim Bishop has been in office. It's only gotten worse yet you sit there and deny it. I voted for Tim Bishop years ago. He's not getting my vote this year. And if Randy doesn't deliver then he get's voted out in the next election. We need someone to pull LI out of the ashes and Tim Bishop isn't the person to do it.

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