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Apr 16, 2012 6:05 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Demos Secures Signatures, Will Wage Republican Primary Against Altschuler

Apr 17, 2012 5:16 PM

It’s official: Republicans George Demos and Randy Altschuler will duke it out in a primary election this June, each hoping for a shot at unseating Democratic U.S. Representative Tim Bishop in November.

Mr. Demos’s campaign released a statement late Monday reporting that the Ronkonkoma resident filed a petition with 2,039 signatures with the Suffolk County Board of Elections—more than double the 938 required by law. The signatures were garnered from registered Republicans in an effort to force a primary election on June 26 against Mr. Altschuler, of St. James, who has already been named as the GOP choice for the nomination. Both men are vying to become the 1st Congressional District representative.

This is not Mr. Demos’s first attempt to win the GOP nomination. He came in second two years ago in a primary election for the same 1st District nomination, behind Mr. Altschuler, who went on to wage an unsuccessful campaign against Mr. Bishop. Mr. Demos, an attorney originally from Shelter Island, is a former prosecutor for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Mr. Demos has also retained election law attorney Jeffrey Buley, of the Albany firm Brown and Weinraub, to aid him in the primary election, according to the statement.

“Today’s news confirms what we have said all along: there will be a Republican primary in the 1st District on June 26 when Republican families will reject liberal Randy Altschuler, who sent thousands of our American jobs to India, and vote for George Demos, the only pro-life, conservative Republican,” said Kevin Tschirhart, Mr. Demos’s campaign manager.

But Diana Weir, a spokeswoman for Mr. Altschuler, said the campaign was unfazed by the news. She said Mr. Altschuler has collected nearly 8,000 signatures as part of the petition process. All candidate petitions were due on Monday, she said.

“It’s preposterous,” Ms. Weir said. “We got over 7,000 signatures. So if that’s any measure of support for Randy, then I say our support, we have three times, four times the support he has.”

The primary election, which would have ordinarily occurred in September, was scheduled earlier this year, on June 26. A federal judge ordered the earlier date for congressional primary elections after the U.S. Department of Justice sued over New York State’s noncompliance with a federal statue that requires all states to get absentee ballots to overseas military at least 45 days before a general election.

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An epic battle of ignorance and greed. Tim will easily defeat either one of these clueless politicos. Is this really the best the republican party can do? Yes
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on Apr 16, 12 6:38 PM
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I have heard on the grape vine that the GOP is encouraging Jim Malone,to throw his wig in the ring.
By Etians rd (543), Southampton on Apr 16, 12 7:39 PM
You go, Wee Georgie.

All of us on the East End are tremendously excited at the prospect of you and Randy duking it out out here. We are all so starved for political dialogue.

How does this idea sound, a free Georgie & Randy Lobster & Music
Fest & Debate over the Memorial Day weekend? It would be perfect timing for the primary election! We could have shellfish and the deficit on Friday, sea bass and unemployment on Sunday, and Lobster and the Affordable Care Act on Monday. ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Apr 16, 12 8:18 PM
How about getting Ted Nugent to perform? He has so much in common with some of you
By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on Apr 24, 12 7:31 PM
"Demos" sounds like a shortened version of a Greek name.

What's his family's real name?
By btdt (449), water mill on Apr 17, 12 9:42 AM
> sounds like a shortened version of a Greek name.

You got a problem with Greeks? C'mon, out with it!

If you're just now catching up with the news that George is of Greek lineage, time you have another two year nap.

BTW: Altschuler sounds Germanic -- what do you make of that?
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Apr 17, 12 10:41 AM
And "btdt" sounds like a shortened version of "bigoted." What's your real name?
By fidelis (199), westhampton beach on Apr 22, 12 4:26 AM
Well, we've already had Stravopolous a few years ago and almost everybody liked him aka George Staros in his teenage years. I miss him a lot.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Apr 24, 12 6:41 PM
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By suffolkvoter (1), port jefferson station on Apr 18, 12 1:08 PM
Let's not forget, whether it's Altschuler or Demos in November, both of these gents have warmly embraced the budget proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan. As Tim Bishop observes, the Medicare part of the Ryan budget would reduce the government's coverage of the average senior's health care expenses from the present 75% to an abysmal 35%. Go to the voters with that one, boys.

And before the usual suspects get on me for being repetitious, let me say that I'll repeat this one all the way to Election ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Apr 23, 12 3:04 PM
Unsustainable entitlements?

Yeah, 'cause they spent the Greenspan "revenue enhancement trust" on everything else, including an unfunded war, and an unfunded tax cut for the "wealthy".

Get real...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Apr 23, 12 11:36 PM
The Captain admits his guys will end Medicare and says "so what?" OK, end of story.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Apr 24, 12 10:23 AM
You got a problem with raising taxes?
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Apr 24, 12 3:47 PM
How about a combination of both? I would be OK with higher taxes if I felt it was being spent wisely and wouldn't hurt economic growth. Reform medicare and social security, repeal Obama care, eliminate certain defense programs that are wasteful and crackdown on wasteful spending then we can talk about raising taxes. Taxes that are used to pay down debt and rebuild infastructure.
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Apr 24, 12 5:06 PM
So just what would you do to turn around the big battleship? You call them entitlements but since the big bust in 1929 our country has had these "helpfulments" to help the little guy who in no way caused the ship of state to flounder.
I think you conservatives would first forswear any of those entitlements for yourself and get a big program going to ensure that the little guy , who will get NO pension etc., begins to save for himself. that is if there is anything left from his paycheck to pay ...more
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Apr 24, 12 6:54 PM
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Summertime. The Ryan plan does address reform on these "big battleships"! I agree that we need to reform these programs so as to make them economically viable. If we don't reform them they will be lost. For anyone under the age of 50 I favor push backs on when eligibility to receive benefits begin. I also favor allowing people under 50 to invest a percentage of their social security money in asset allocation funds to better pace inflation. Where the Ryan plan lacks are cuts in defense. It's like ...more
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Apr 24, 12 9:59 PM
Heres' some political "food for thought":

"Malefactors of great wealth"

by Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt
We wish to control big business so as to secure among other things good wages for the wage-workers and reasonable prices for the consumers. Wherever in any business the prosperity of the businessman is obtained by lowering the wages of his workmen and charging an excessive price to the consumers we wish to interfere and stop such practices. We will not submit to that kind of ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Apr 24, 12 12:05 AM
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You're welcome.

Truth be told, my favorite line has to be: Such a man is only the more dangerous if he occasionally does some deed like founding a college or endowing a church, which makes those good people who are also foolish forget his real iniquity.

As I've said before, and will say again: Were it not for the avaristic lifestyle of those "wealthy" who ably give so magnanimously to charity, there would be little, or no need for their "charity".
Apr 24, 12 5:34 PM appended by Mr. Z
Other personal favorite quote: "I’d like to share a revelation that I’ve had, during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you aren’t actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with its surrounding environment, but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply, and multiply until every natural resource is consumed. The only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You are a plague, and we... are the cure."
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Apr 24, 12 5:34 PM
How about some Charlie Chaplin?

Hope… I’m sorry but I don’t want to be an Emperor – that’s not my business – I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible, Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another, human beings are like that.

We all want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Apr 24, 12 6:13 PM
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