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May 25, 2012 4:13 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Demos Withdraws From Congressional Race

May 29, 2012 6:15 PM

George Demos, a Republican from Ronkonkoma who had been battling Randy Altschuler for the right to face Democratic U.S. Representative Tim Bishop, announced on Friday afternoon that he is withdrawing from the race to focus on his wedding.

Mr. Altschuler and Mr. Demos were going to face off in a primary next month. Instead, his decision clears the way for a rematch between Mr. Altschuler and Mr. Bishop.

In a statement released by his campaign, Mr. Demos said preparations for his wedding to Chrysa Tsakopoulos this Saturday took precedence over his political aspirations.

“Everyone who knows me knows of my deep commitment to public service and to being a strong voice for the Conservative cause,” Mr. Demos wrote. “Equally, everyone who knows Chrysa and me, knows of our deep commitment to each other and the joy we are sharing in preparation for our wedding a week from now. These two facts have now come together. Both my impending marriage and my race for Congress are deeply important to me. But our marriage comes first. Therefore, today, I am going to set aside my political aspirations for a while so that I can focus on our family. Both Chrysa and I look forward to reentering the political debate in the near future and to fighting for the Conservative Republican values we share.”

Mr. Altschuler sent his wishes to Mr. Demos and Ms. Tsakopoulos, and pointed out that both men wanted Mr. Bishop out of Washington.

“While George and I have competed fiercely at times for the Republican nomination, both in 2010 and this year, we share a common goal—and that is defeating Obama rubberstamp, incumbent Congressman Tim Bishop, and bringing an end to his job-killing agenda that has badly hurt the people of Suffolk County,” he said in a statement.

The Bishop campaign also responded this week and criticized Mr. Altschuler for not locating his business, CloudBlue, in Suffolk County.

“The congressman and Mr. Demos disagree on nearly everything,” said Robert Pierce, the Bishop campaign’s communications director, in an email. “The one thing they don’t disagree on is outsourcer Randy Altschuler’s lack of credibility with Suffolk County voters. Randy Altschuler has so little regard for Suffolk County that he refused to even consider bringing his own company here, even though the company has over 40 locations throughout the world. That’s why he lost in 2010, that’s why he’ll lose again this November.”

Diana Weir, Mr. Altschuler’s campaign manager, said she believes Mr. Demos backed out after the results of a recent poll he commissioned. “I guess the results of the poll showed that he really didn’t have a chance,” said Ms. Weir. “The numbers are horrible. So I guess he figured why be embarrassed, bow out and concentrate on my wedding in June.”

Because there won’t be a primary election anymore, Mr. Altschuler’s campaign will be able to save money it would have normally spent in advertising, and divert campaign funds toward the general election, she said.

“We are thrilled,” she said. “Beyond thrilled.”

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He could have kicked Randy's a**. This is not because of a poll. This is a personal matter - his wedding - but nice try, Diana Weirdo. What a nasty little woman! Just wish him well and be glad your guy doesn't have a primary. She has no clue, but just wants to make crap up.
By suffolkvoter (1), port jefferson station on May 25, 12 5:10 PM
Dear Suffolk Voter, or perhaps Bishop pajama blogger: Whichever, Your nasty little remark does not hide the truth. Ms. Weir is right. George Demos realized that his campaign was floundering so he ended it, like an adult. Your infantile and naive comments prove that you know little about politics, or reality for that matter. It's a shame that you actually vote.
By Hampton Bays Voter (2), Hampton Bays on May 27, 12 7:52 AM
The nasty one was that Weir woman. I am not for Bishop, but once someone drops out you try to solidify the party. You don't keep attacking and be nasty. Plus, she makes an absurd claim: That Demos ran a poll and shared the results with her. Few people realize how much effort goes into planning a wedding, especially one where his new wife moved across the country. He put her first. Weir should have just praised him. I'm really disappointed to see the attack, and your attack, too. One need not be ...more
By Sheldn (3), Farmingville on May 27, 12 12:16 PM
Yeah, you people have lots of class. I hope Ms. Suffolk Voter doesn't kiss her kids with that filthy mouth. Nasty name-calling and foul language are uncalled for. The rudeness and viciousness will not work for you and your ilk this time around. It just makes you and your party look desperate.
By Cosmo123 (7), East Hampton on May 27, 12 5:18 PM
Reelect Tim Bishop

Unlike Job Shipping Randy the Carpetbagger, Tim will protect and preserve our environment, women's rights, and medicare.

Next time you see Job Shipping Randy ask him if his campaign is being financed by Exxon and the Koch Brothers.

By Steven (113), Westhampton on May 25, 12 5:15 PM
The Koch Bros. are "free market"! That's why their company is not traded publicly on "The Street".

Things that make you go "hmmmm...".

Google: "koch brothers exposed"
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 26, 12 9:40 AM
Oh, sure, next time I see Randy. Now what would I be doing in India that I'd run into him?!
By Sheldn (3), Farmingville on May 27, 12 12:17 PM
Randy and the Koch Brothers probably offered to pay for the wedding, honeymoon, the year round house and the summer home in the Hamptons. Demos just realized the wedding was a week away? This is the "out-soucing of a political candidate. Randy is probably giving him a job with one of his outsourced companies....How do you say Demos in Mandarin?
By Hampton Hillbilly (10), Hampton Bays on May 25, 12 8:08 PM
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The last day to decline the primary designation was April 20. While Mr. Demos may stop campaigning, there will still be a Republican Primary Election for the 1st Congressional District. The question now is will Mr. Altshuler find himself the victim of a political sneak attack. Oh, guess that won't happen now, will it Diana?
By NTiger (543), Southampton on May 25, 12 9:50 PM
Interesting how your mind works, Mr. Tiger.

But what a dreadful year for NY1.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on May 26, 12 2:23 AM
Who quits a job because of a Wedding? They must think that we're pretty stupid. Sounds like something out of Boardwalk Empire. When will Nucky appear to even things out?
By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on May 26, 12 5:25 PM
He didn't quit his job. He quit his campaign for a new job
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on May 27, 12 9:49 AM
Razza you're sounding like the professional propagandists on fox "news" Campaigning is a job.
By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on May 27, 12 10:47 AM
Demos is a lawyer. That is his job not campaigning. A job is something you are paid to do. Look up the definition of "job" if you are unsure of what one is.

How did you feel about Weiner quiting his job. Quitting a campaign to plan for a wedding sounds more noble than quiting due to sexted pictures of ones genitals.
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on May 29, 12 9:57 AM
Demos is a lawyer and a politician.Part of a politicians job is to campaign. Demos has a nice payday coming indirectly paid for by us.Perhaps someday Judge Demos
By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on May 29, 12 11:11 AM
I am in total awe of your supreme logic and intelligence.
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on May 29, 12 11:53 AM
Even if he had stayed in, George Demos would have been no more than a bump in the road for Randy Altschuler. In the same way, Randy will be no more than a bump in the road for Tim Bishop.

How can I say that when it was so close last time? Because last time, all people knew about Randy was that he's a carpetbagger from New Jersey and an outsourcer to India. This time, a lot more people are going to know that, plus which Randy is digging himself a very deep right wing hole with his Tea ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on May 28, 12 8:09 PM
An extremist nut? Sounds like the "Turkey Bridge Tim Bishop Kettle" calling the coal black ... And Tiana Bob - you are just silly - as usual - campaigning is a "job" only if you don't have one to save - do you think it's true that Bishop paid a family member to "campaign" for him from donations to "Re-elect Tim?" Even I was shocked at that one ... True or not Turkey Bridge?
By Board Watcher (534), East Hampton on May 28, 12 8:38 PM
I don't know if that's true or not, Board Watcher, but if it is, I'm not at all shocked. Geo. H.W. Bush had son Geo. W. Bush as a key campaign aide, JFK made brother RFK Attorney General, and Mario Cuomo had son Andrew as an administrative assistant. Officials need to have staff people with whom they have a close working relationship, and who better than a family member?

Campaign contributions are for the expenses of the campaign's activities, and if the relative is doing a real job on ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on May 29, 12 12:10 PM
It's sometimes called patronage George. It was Mr. Bishop's daughter who was paid by the campaign as I recall. I presume you weren't a Southampton resident then or involved with the Town Democratic Committee as a member or officer.

But interesting to note that patronage is okay to you when it is a Democrat doing the job giving, but not when it is the Republicans. That's not being a partisan, George, that's being a hypocrite. Hope I am not being too aggressive, I understand you are still ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on May 29, 12 7:57 PM
You were there, NT, you know I didn't walk out (unless you nodded off on whatever was your poison that day).

You stil can't read English, can you? It's clear from my post that it's all OK with me, regardless of party, as long as the staffer does a proper job for the money, relative or not.

What's interesting is how someone like you, who spouts so much pious nonsense criticizing those of us in the trenches, can still envision a "political sneak attack" (your term from earlier post) ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on May 30, 12 1:28 PM
Sorry George I wasn't there when the Board by a 5-0 vpte appointed Mr. Kratovlle to a Civil Service position.

George perhaps you might want to read your posts concerning appointments by Republicans of other Republican activist/supporters in Town. Sure had me convinced you were opposed to any patronage.

As for political sneak attacks, they happen. More difficult to make them happen when the possibility is made public. So, George, once again the hypocrisy lies with you. Exposure ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on May 30, 12 3:36 PM
Spelling out the write-in gambit seems like showing the terrorists how to make a better bomb. Not exactly a public service.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Jun 1, 12 12:37 PM
Welll Turkey George Lynch, officer of the Southampton Town Democratic Committee, if you honestly feel that informing voters of their constitutional voting rights is akin to showing terrorists how to build a better bomb, there is little I can say to you. If you think that candidates should be chosen by party bosses, like yourself, rather than party enrollees, like those voting in primaries, you can consider me your worse nightmare come true. I intend to reveal all the little secrets and nuances of ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jun 2, 12 5:24 PM
Come on, NT, you yourself called the write-in initiative in the other side's primary a "political sneak attack" and defended your spelling it out as rendering it "[m]ore difficult to make them happen when the possibility is made public," so don't go glorifying the thing now. Be careful of sanctimony, NT. Vanity, too.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Jun 2, 12 5:36 PM
No, Turkey George Lynch, committee person and officer of the Southampton Town Democratic Committee, I did not. What I did was indicate that Mr. Demos could cease actively campaigning but it was too late for him to withdraw and there would still be a Republican 1st C.D. primary. If his opponent dropped his guard with regard to campaigning, then Mr. Demos might through a stealth campaign emerge victorious in that Primary.

The first mention of a write-in was in a response in this thread to ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jun 2, 12 9:31 PM
I was going to run for Congress too, but I decided to get a haircut instead.

Your loss,
By lucy2 (63), Southampton, NY on Jun 2, 12 6:55 PM
Bush +'Ryan + carpetbagger + teabagger + underpaid Pakistani worker - intelligence = Randy Outsourcer. The only folks more full of it than Randy are his followers.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Jun 2, 12 7:03 PM