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Oct 7, 2014 10:12 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Bishop And Zeldin To Debate As Election Day Draws Near

Oct 7, 2014 10:12 AM

With a little less than one month until Election Day, both U.S. Representative Tim Bishop and his Republican challenger for New York’s 1st Congressional District, State Senator Lee Zeldin, are going head to head on issues across the district.

On Wednesday, October 8, at 7 p.m., East End Local Media Corporation will host a debate between the candidates at the Riverhead Polish Hall. Questions will not be taken from the audience at the debate, they rather from a list of questions the news company will field via email at denise@riverheadlocal.com.

On Friday, from 5 to 6 p.m., Long Island News Radio will air a debate at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue. Anchor Jay Oliver will moderate the debate, which will broadcast live on 103.9. Questions will be directed by LI News management and St. Joseph’s students. For more information, call 631-687-2667 or email jmcaleer@sjcny.edu.

On Thursday, October 16, the Press News Group and the League of Women Voters will co-sponsor a debate between Mr. Bishop and Mr. Zeldin 7 p.m. at the Westhampton Beach High School auditorium at 49 Lilac Road in Westhampton Beach.

Candidates will make opening and closing statements and answer questions posed by Southampton Press executive editor Joe Shaw, East Hampton Star editor David Rattray, the League of Women Voters and the audience. The event will be moderated by Cathy Peacock of the League of Women Voters.

For those who want to catch the debate at a later time, Southampton’s SEA-TV will tape and broadcast it on Channel 22. For more information, contact LWV Services co-chair and debate organizer Anne Marshall at (631) 766-3687.

The Concerned Citizens of Montauk will hold its 44th annual Meet the Candidates Forum on Sunday, October 19, at the Montauk Firehouse on Flamingo Avenue. The forum will begin at 1 p.m. and will be broadcast on LTV.

In addition to Mr. Bishop and Mr. Zeldin, candidates for State Assembly— incumbent Fred W. Thiele Jr., Conservative Brian DeSesa and Republican Heather Collins—and State Senate incumbent Ken LaValle and Democrat Michael Conroy—will introduce themselves, state their positions and ask their opponents a question. The public will also get to ask the candidates questions.

On October 23, the Press News Group will sponsor another debate at LTV Studios at 75 Industrial Road in Wainscott at 7 p.m. That debate will also be taped and aired on Channel 22.

A Dead Heat?

A poll released in September by the American Action Network, a right-leaning non-profit group that backs Republican candidates, including Mr. Zeldin, states the Congressional ballot is “a dead heat” because both Mr. Bishop and Mr. Zeldin are tied at 46 percent, with 7 percent undecided.

The poll, by a Republican polling firm, Public Opinion Strategies, was conducted in the last week of September through 400 telephone calls. The sample was 34 percent Republican and 31 percent Democratic, according to the agency.

In several emails in the last month, Mr. Bishop’s camp has been pleading with supporters to donate to the campaign in order to offset Mr. Zeldin’s fundraising efforts.

In the latest email on Monday, Mr. Bishop’s team was asking for donations, saying Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner, are spending $3 million to defeat him.

Both Evan Lukaske, a spokesman for Mr. Bishop, and Jennifer DiSiena, a spokesperson for Mr. Zeldin, said they couldn’t release how much they’ve raised until the October 15 Federal Election Commission filing deadline.

Taking Aim

This month, Mr. Bishop received an endorsement from the Long Island Environmental Voters Forum for his support of water quality improvement.

The group, which is a non-profit and non-partisan organization that campaigns for candidates for public office, has vowed not to support those who failed to vote for a water quality improvement bill in Albany, according to a press release.

Mr. Lukaske late last month sent out a press release condemning Mr. Zeldin for seeking donations from Republican Randy Altschuler, who unsuccessfully ran against Mr. Bishop in 2010 and 2012.

“The fact that Lee Zeldin would seek donations from outsourcer Randy Altschuler demonstrates where his true loyalties lie,” Mr. Lukaske wrote. “Altschuler made millions of dollars by shipping good-paying American jobs overseas and putting hard-working Long Islanders out of work.”

Mr. Bishop has recently been touring the district, highlighting his record of “fighting for the middle class,” according to Mr. Lukaske.

Mr. Lukaske said that Mr. Bishop has been trying to protect American jobs by writing the Outsourcing Accountability Act, which prohibits taxpayer dollars from being used to train foreign workers and eliminates tax breaks for big corporations that outsource jobs overseas. That bill was introduced in the House in February 2013.

In response this week, Mr. Zeldin’s spokesperson, Ms. DiSiena, wrote in an email to The Press that Mr. Bishop’s campaign is just trying to shift the focus off his record.

“While Bishop is raking in over a million dollars in dishonest advertising from Nancy Pelosi’s super PAC [political action committee], he has some nerve to try to play games,” she said. “We need someone who will look out for the residents they serve, rather than Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama and special interests, like those in Washington representing the helicopter pilots. It’s time to term-limit Tim.”

Ms. DiSiena said that Mr. Zeldin is focusing on his “Five Point Plan” to grow the economy, create well-paying private sector jobs, repeal and replace Obamacare, fight for veterans’ rights, secure America’s interests at the border and abroad and fight for higher standards in schools, “knowing Common Core isn’t the answer.”

She said it’s up to voters on November 4 to “show they’re ready for new leadership, a stronger voice and a fresh perspective.”

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Unless the moderators exercise strong crowd discipline, the Oct. 8 debate in Riverhead will likely be a replay of what happened in Hampton Bays a couple of weeks ago -- Bishop giving responsive, factual answers based on direct experience, Zeldin giving the standard extreme right-wing line based on studying a script, while a crowd of Tea Party Zeldin partisans tries to shout Bishop down. It's a pretty sad spectacle, but it probably hurts Zeldin more than it does Bishop. Vote for Tim Bishop on November ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Oct 7, 14 12:03 PM
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Bishop is the poster boy for term limits
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Oct 7, 14 8:26 PM
It is important to understand the essence of TARP: monies we gave the big hitters were by and large "repaid"--very little was done to help the millions who lost their homes and watched their lives being ruined. The Big Boys stole their money, and the government bailed THEM out. We could have given the money towards paying back the mortgages that were delinquent, and the banks would have ended up with it anyway. But we didn't. So much for the great Liberals Bishop and Obama.Yes, they saved the big ...more
By nazznazz (276), east hampton on Oct 7, 14 9:16 PM
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The government has refinance assistance programs available for people in financial distress.
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Oct 10, 14 4:40 AM
whatever it takes to stop the incessant robo-calls.
By KevinLuss (356), SH on Oct 11, 14 12:46 PM
So I went to the Oct. 8 debate in Riverhead, and it was worse than I expected, far worse than the Teabag display in Hampton Bays on Sept. 22.

Really, it was The Night of the Living Dead -- you drove up, and Polish Hall was surrounded by Zeldin lawn signs, like one every 12 inches, no kidding. Parked in front was the bus that bought these crazies from whatever bunkers they inhabit. Standing outside were numerous large, angry-looking men, sort of glaring at nothing in particular, you know ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Oct 11, 14 1:49 PM
Chuckle every time I see "oh the horror." Good line, Cap.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Oct 12, 14 5:35 PM
Sounds like sour grapes TB.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Oct 12, 14 5:48 PM
Not at all, dnice, just a straight compliment. Pity you couldn't see it, but I appreciate sharp wit and good writing, regardless of the source.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Oct 13, 14 3:41 PM
TB, I was referring to your OP. Pity you couldn't see that.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Oct 13, 14 11:04 PM
OK, so your reference was to my earlier whole post (OP, right?). I didn't see that because your post was right under mine complimenting Captn America.

Now that we've got it straight, you may be surprised to hear that I think that's a fair criticism -- there were lots more Zeldin people than Bishop people there, but that's democracy, so you could call my comments sour grapes, sure.

But it goes way beyond that. It may not change many votes, but if Zeldin's supporters are so reminiscent ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Oct 14, 14 9:52 AM
"Out of control mobs"? Did they get violent? No. How is dissent out of control? They voiced their disapproval. So? Why would Zeldin disavow his supporters?
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Oct 14, 14 10:49 PM
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By saveamerica1 (2), Southampton on Oct 11, 14 9:32 PM
The same "Hope and Change" voters are suddenly sticklers for specifics. Bishop tows the party line. The party line is failing. Cut the line. His support for the ACA is reason enough for a healthy slap down. The Democratic Party needs a message to get back to the center, and away from the left. I think we'll see that message delivered in Nov.
Philathome asks -
"Does he support a woman's right to access to contraception? Will he support a woman's right to choose, as protected by federal law?
How ...more
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Oct 13, 14 4:15 PM
Only someone on the government teat would be in favor of single payer! Thanks for playing Philly.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Oct 13, 14 9:21 PM
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THIS JUST IN ..... ..... ..... .....


By 27dan (981), Shinnecock Hills on Oct 10, 14 4:16 PM
By They call me (2826), southampton on Oct 13, 14 11:43 PM
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Like I watch Lawrence O'Donnell to see the bitter angry socialist's point of view. and Ray Maddows the militant lesbian feminists point of view. but then there is a more serious Chuck Tood and Bill O'Reilly on Fox who try to be fact based .

At the end of the day despite HHS and his Rose colored Media Matters glasses Fox has 10 times more viewers and MSNBC is a clearing house for special interest talking points. the people know it and the ratings show it

By Undocumented ...more
By They call me (2826), southampton on Oct 14, 14 12:07 AM
phillip please try and concentrate, what ud is saying is the hosts on msnbc each seem to have a specific agenda that is the driving motivation for there progressive affiliation. he did not say rachel being an open lesbian and in a relationship with susan mikula was a bad thing just in his opinion what seems to motivate her point of view.as al sharpton seems to be motivated be his agenda and larry o'donnell in my opinion is just a spiteful bitter man surly you must see that even though you seem to ...more
By They call me (2826), southampton on Oct 14, 14 12:08 AM
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Obama’s ‘blizzard of lies’
By Marc A. Thiessen October 13 at 11:12 AM
In 1996, the late, great New York Times columnist William Safire published a column, “Blizzard of lies,” in which he laid out a series of falsehoods by Hillary Rodham Clinton and declared “Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that our First Lady — a woman of undoubted talents who was a role model for many in her generation — is a congenital ...more
By 27dan (2854), Shinnecock Hills on Oct 14, 14 12:14 AM
The only thing that really matters is that things are an absolute mess. We have a President that wanted to cure the world's ills with ideology, charm and will. He's failing in a big way. Where are we going? Who is leading? We react by putting band aids on gushing wounds in an effort to show we are doing something, then wait for the next crisis to bump the current one off the front page. Then we defend the failures because, "That's our side." This is ADD leadership. The focus lasts as long as the ...more
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Oct 14, 14 7:56 AM

By Undocumented Democrat (2065), southampton on Oct 14, 14 10:00 AM
The previously entrenched D.C. culture which exists, and the rigged game it plays will defy "change" at all costs. Armies of lawyers and lobbyists all there to defend the "United Corporations of America".

You will find yourself hard pressed to change that which fights tooth and nail not to be altered. To think otherwise would be a fool's errand.

Warren 2016
Oct 14, 14 4:50 PM appended by Mr. Z
WHY? Maybe because: "A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals, and you know it. 1,500 years ago, everybody knew that the Earth was the center of the universe. 500 years ago, everybody knew that the Earth was flat. And 15 minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you'll know tomorrow. ~ Tommy Lee Jones, "Men in Black"
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Oct 14, 14 4:50 PM
Not sure. But, her early life is interesting. Explains a lot about her, and I really don't think she would sell us out. At least, I hope not.

"Warren was born on June 22, 1949, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to working class parents Pauline (née Reed) and Donald Jones Herring. She was their fourth child, with three older brothers. When she was twelve, her father, a janitor, had a heart attack—which led to many medical bills, as well as a pay cut because he could not do his previous ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Oct 15, 14 1:08 AM
The New York Times

Leaning Forward, MSNBC Loses Ground to Rivals

Rachel Maddow, the biggest star on the MSNBC cable network, just posted her lowest quarterly ratings results ever.

“Ronan Farrow Daily,” the network’s heavily promoted new afternoon show, which stars a 26-year-old Rhodes Scholar with a high-profile Hollywood lineage, has been largely a dud.

Though it has mostly happened quietly, which may be a comment on the cable network’s ...more
By Undocumented Democrat (2065), southampton on Oct 14, 14 10:00 AM
By Lanhee Chen

Obamacare Is a Job-Slashing, Deficit-Deepening Disaster
A report out today from the Senate Budget Committee highlights a critical point about Obamacare: The law’s negative effect on labor markets helps explain why it will increase deficits by $131 billion over the next 10 years. This finding stands in stark contrast to Democrats’ repeated assertions that the law will reduce the deficit.

The public dialogue on Obamacare has thus far largely ...more
By joe hampton (3461), southampton on Oct 15, 14 12:35 AM
And, who wrote the majority of the law?

Corporate trollops, pardon, lobbyists appointed by their masters who will do anything to make it a failure in their petulant point of view that they will not be told what to do by anyone, especially the Federal Government. It's interesting how the working class is being squeezed, yet they still reap record profits.

Things that make you go "hmmmmmm..."
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Oct 15, 14 1:12 AM
Chris Matthews On Federal Response To Ebola: Reminds Me Of Rollout For Obamacare
By They call me (2826), southampton on Oct 15, 14 2:13 AM
BREAKING : Poll: Obama hits lowest approval,
By JONATHAN TOPAZ Updated: 10/15/14 8:51 AM EDT
Obama’s approval rating is at the lowest level of his presidency, A new ABC News/Washington Post poll released Today says Americans approvel of Obama’s job performance hit Its lowest score the poll has recorded since he took office. Down again from Sep. Less than a month out from the Nov midterm elections. A large number of Dem candidates have been distancing themselves from the White ...more
By Undocumented Democrat (2065), southampton on Oct 15, 14 9:26 AM

Smoking gun on WMDs Bush was right

By Undocumented Democrat (2065), southampton on Oct 15, 14 10:36 AM
Oct 16, 14 12:09 AM appended by They call me
House Democrats are in big trouble. Just listen to their campaign chief. Ba BYE! Pilthy Harry
By They call me (2826), southampton on Oct 16, 14 12:09 AM
Trouble Looms for Obama, Democrats with Election Day 2014 Approaching
By Gary Langer
Oct 15, 2014 7:01am
Barack Obama and his political party are heading into the midterm elections in trouble. The president’s job approval rating in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll is the lowest of his career under 40 percent for the first time and the Democratic Party’s popularity is its weakest in polling back 30 years, with more than half of Americans seeing the party unfavorably.
By Undocumented Democrat (2065), southampton on Oct 16, 14 1:19 AM
Do we need more evidence to see the tragic ineptitude of this govt? From the open border and quiet shipping of illegal alien kids around the country, to Ebola, to ISIS, to the ACA, to the moron race baiting Holder, to the President who is in way over his head... etc, etc, etc. This is Liberalism. This is what the Democratic party is selling now. We haven't seen enough to know that they need to be shown the door? And what do they want? More govt in our lives. No way. Vote them out.
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Oct 16, 14 8:33 AM
Liberal campaign - Focus on the intent, ignore the result.
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Oct 17, 14 5:00 PM
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blah, blah, blah Phil. Same old garbage.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Oct 23, 14 2:41 PM
no immigration reform.......

By philathome

Thats because we don't want it !
Oct 19, 14 11:49 AM appended by joe hampton
We already have a perfectly fine immigration policy and if some people would stop breaking our laws and our elected officials would stop turning a blind eye, there would be no need for any changes!
By joe hampton (3461), southampton on Oct 19, 14 11:49 AM
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i would love to know what happened to our little phillip to make him the way he is . what special interest motivates your far left ideology?
By Erin 27 E (1281), southampton on Oct 19, 14 4:41 PM