There’s an aggressive air war going on in Suffolk County, and it’s all centered around a Politico report that Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop’s campaign made a fundraising request to a constituent Mr. Bishop was helping navigate federal bureaucracy. Republicans saw it as a blatant quid-pro-quo while Mr. Bishop’s supporters, including the constituent himself, argued that there was nothing notable about this chain of events.
Soon after that report, Mr. Bishop launched ads accusing his GOP opponent Randy Altschuler of supporting outsourcing, causing Mr. Altschuler to respond with his own blistering ad.
“Why is Tim Bishop running a dishonest campaign?” the narrator for Mr. Altschuler’s ad rhetorically asked. “He’s trying to cover up a scandal, a big one!”
George Demos, one of the two main candidates vying for the Republican nomination to run against Suffolk Rep. Tim Bishop, issued a statement this evening announcing his withdrawal from the race, effectively making Randy Altschuler the GOP candidate in the race this November.
In the letter sent to his supporters, Mr. Demos cited his upcoming marriage for his exit, although cynics might point to his underdog status in the Republican primary for the reason instead.
Suffolk County Congressman Tim Bishop is reporting a huge fundraising haul this quarter.
The Long Island pol has brought in close to $315,000 in the last few months, more than any of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “frontline” members, so-called because they are considered to be among the Democrats most vulnerable incumbents.
In 2010, Mr. Bishop squared off against Republican businessman Randy Altschuler, and squeezed out a few hundred vote when in a recount that lasted until December. This time around, Mr. Altschuler is preparing for a rematch, assuming he can escape a primary battle re-match with George Demos.
For his part, Mr. Altschuler reported $228,000 raised this quarter. He has $422,000 on hand, compared to close to $1 million for Mr. Bishop.
2012: Trump threatens an independent run, while phoning it in to CNN. [Gregory Simmons / ABC]
NY-1: Altschuler’s last name misspelled in 2nd graph of his own press release. [Liz Benjamin / Capital Tonight]
NY-9: Candidate night on August 31. [Ned Berke / SheepsheadBites.com]
Downgrading: “Bloomberg said Standard & Poor’s got it ‘right to the nose” when it condemned dysfunction in Washington and downgraded the U.S. credit rating.” [Gail Robinson / Gotham Gazette]
Remembering Carey: “Brooklyn Democratic boss Meade Esposito told Carey that his “head would roll in the gutter” if he ran against the party’s candidate, businessman Howard Samuels.” [Thomas Tracy / Brooklyn Paper]
Remembering Carey: “Carey described himself to me as an “Al Smith Democrat.” [Terry Golway / Capital New York]
Remembering Carey: “I found him at first to be a dour man, with occasional glints of humor.” [Gabe Pressman / NBC]
Albany: “Cuomo has good reason to be happy with the Senate GOP, they gave him nearly everything he wanted.” [Karen DeWeitt / WNYC]
Schools: “[C]ity and state scores both remain far below where they were two years ago.” [Sharon Otterman / New York Times]
Schools: “The mayor expressed joy over the latest test scores” [Stan Brooks / CBS]
Schools: “Bloomberg added that his primary focus is how the city is doing compared to the rest of the state.” [Lindsey Christ / NY1]
Schools: “For the mayor to ensure his education legacy, observers said, college readiness must improve.” [Jeremy Smerd / Crains]
Transit: Cuomo creates a committee to find new MTA chairman. [Glenn Blain / Daily News]
Transit: “The governor has said little about how he’ll solve the MTA’s problems.” [Andrew Grossman / WSJ]
Transit: About 70 days to find a replacement. [Ben Fried / Streetsblog]
Transit: A “national and international search” Cuomo said. [Jennifer Fermino / NY Post]
Transit: DC transit chief doesn’t want Walder’s job. [Dana Hedgpeth / Washington Post]
Transit: “Wanted: Someone Brave–Foolhardy?–Enough To Lead the NY MTA.” [Jim O’Grady / WNYC]
Transit: “Strangely, the shortest biography in the official press release belongs to the person who may have the most influence with the governor: Mary Ann Crotty, a close aide to former Gov. Mario M. Cuomo who handled Albany’s transportation policy in the 1980s and 1990s.” [Michael Grynbaum / New York Times]
Triathalon: Stringer’s call for more regulations of the race gets questioned by Liz, who has run in them. [Liz Benjamin / Capital Tonight]
Crossroads GPS, the conservative 501 (c) (4) that counts former George W. Bush advisor Karl Rove as one of its chief architects, announced yesterday that they were broadcasting ads targeting what they believe to be a dozen or so of the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents in the House of Representatives.