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Altschuler Abandons County Exec Bid, Eyes Bishop Rematch

After screening for county executive nomination, St. James businessman pulls name from ring.

And then there were two.

Hours before the Suffolk County Republican Committee's nominating convention to decide a candidate for county executive, St. James businessman and 2010 Congressional candidate Randy Altschuler announced that he would not seek the county executive nomination and instead focus his energy on a 2012 rematch for New York's First Congressional District.

The Republicans are holding their nominating convention Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Hauppauge Sheraton. The two remaining candidates who screened with the GOP on May 13 are Suffolk County Treasurer Angie Carpenter and Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick, R- St. James.

“The truth is that after falling just short last year, my intent had always been to seek a rematch with Congressman Bishop in 2012 and in the coming days I will file papers making that run official," said Altschuler, through a prepared statement. "I am eager to contrast my record as a successful entrepreneur and small businessman who knows how to create jobs versus Congressman Bishop's record as a tax, spend and borrow politician who has run our economy into the ground." 

Altschuler had previously thrown his hat in the ring for county executive after state Sen. John Flanagan, R-Northport, announced at the end of April he would not seek the Republican nomination. Altschuler screened with the GOP and Conservative Parties in previous weeks.

GOP Chairman John Jay LaValle said he supported Altschuler’s decision to go up against Bishop again. Altschuler lost to Bishop by fewer than 600 votes in 2010.

“Against great odds and several primary opponents, Randy came within a handful of votes of knocking off an entrenched Democrat congressman,” LaValle said. “While initially skeptical of his ability to succeed, I have come to appreciate Randy’s enthusiasm, intellect and dedication to this party’s principles and ideals.”

Mary Beth May 25, 2011 at 10:41 PM
Jack, your statement about the "highest corporate tax rate in the world" is completely misleading. The rate may be the highest, but nobody pays it. In fact, Google last year paid only 2.4% and while the richest oil companies in the world received a tax REFUND on top of their billions of dollars in subsidies. The overall effective rate for companies who do pay is more like 22% which puts us below many other countries and 40% of all U.S. companies pay no taxes at all. The republicans have always accused democrats of being "tax and spend" when the truth is that nobody spends more than the republicans. The highest deficits in this country's history have all been under republican presidents and the number one contributor to our current deficit and its ever-increasing size are the Bush tax cuts. The real difference between Republicans and democrats is that republicans spend like drunken sailors and never worry how they are going to pay for it and when it does finally come time to pay the bill who do they look to, the middle class and poor. Excusing outsourcing because it enriches any one individual or corporation while killing the jobs of hundreds of thousands of Americans is ludicrous and anti-American. Altschuler is bad for Long Island, bad for New York and bad for America.
Chico Little May 25, 2011 at 10:46 PM
Maybe so, Jack, but he whipped Altschuler six months ago and he'll whip him again in eighteen months. Maybe he just likes running. I don't know and I don't care, so long as NY1 stays blue.
Chico Little May 25, 2011 at 10:49 PM
All true. Everyone seems to get it but Altschuler and the party hacks he paid off.
Chico Little May 25, 2011 at 10:56 PM
I beg to differ, Mary. Altschuler is good for Long Island -- 'cause he means another term for Tim!
Jack May 25, 2011 at 11:10 PM
Dear Mary Beth and Chico Little, wake up and smell the coffee. If Google paid only 2% corp tax last year, it's because they took their business overseas to avoid the 'highest corp tax rates in the developed world' that Tim Bishop voted for. Lower corp tax rates, and businesses will be more likely to keep that money here. Study after study shows that New York's high taxes are driving people and businesses out of the state. Raising taxes is not the answer. Chicken Little, please identify "the party hacks" Randy Altschuler "paid off", and give the evidence. I'm sure you have neither! You clearly don't really know Randy Altschuler, do you??
lawyer and mom May 26, 2011 at 12:14 PM
Randy is the best man for the job and I wholly support him. I an an informed taxpayer, mother and attorney. In 2012, America will dump both Obama and his crony, Tim Bishop and finally take back America. In four years the Only thing Obama dud right was assassinate bin laden
JIM MARQUARDT May 26, 2011 at 01:18 PM
Jim Marquardt Tim Bishop is trying to help President Obama bring the United States back to health after George Bush and the Republicans put us in the deepest hole since the great depression and involved us in two unnecessary wars. If you listen to Tim on the stump you will realize that he is smart, experienced, and is working to build jobs and the economy. Lets face it, the Republicans will do anything to bring down Obama regardless of the damage they do to the country in the process. There isn't a statesman among them.
Timmy May 26, 2011 at 02:38 PM
Keep in mind that Bishop's 2002 victory was a complete fluke. He won in a yer when only 2 incumbent GOPers lost. Chico- clearly you know nothing about politics, so I feel the need to explain that an 8 year incumbent winning by 593 is hardly a victory. Also Bishop's victory came only from absentees, which is pathetic to say the least. His approval is still terrible, and Bishop is very vulnerable. I am totally behind Randy on this one. So I ask yo: What has Bishop done to create private sector, non-subsidized jobs?
David D'Agostino May 26, 2011 at 02:53 PM
Bishop beat Altschuler when the entire country was voting republican. That is not proof that Tim's victory was a "fluke", but proof of his strength among Long Island voters. The question is not what Tim has done to create jobs (and who gives a ____ if they are subsidized or not, they are jobs), but why Altschuler saw fit to send tens of thousands of American jobs overseas. Any job Tim has created has been here on Long Island and across the U.S., not in India and Pakistan.
highhatsize May 26, 2011 at 03:13 PM
QUOTE: "I am eager to contrast my record as a successful entrepreneur and small businessman who knows how to create jobs. . . " [in India.]
brookhaven May 26, 2011 at 03:37 PM
For all of the Altschuler hacks, answer this simple question: What can Altschuler do to win in 2012 that he didn't do in 2010?
Fred Stewart May 26, 2011 at 06:15 PM
that's a precocious comment penny... commenting on the future is ez, and frequently inaccurate. if we look at national polls, people are leaning away from the republicans, as was evidenced in the recent congressional race upstate. while, obama has gleaned some poll bumps as a result of bin laden's demise, one of the real issues is the ryan budget debacle, wherein the right is slashing everything at the expense of the middle class...medicare/medicade. another indicator of the national sentiment is what's happening at this moment in wisconsin... liberals don't like paying taxes or waste either, but the redistribution of wealth that's happened in the last 30 years since reagan...nothing has trickled down, and the middle class is tired of being screwed. dems=for the people, repubs=for the corporations. very simple, actual and verifiable.
Fred Stewart May 26, 2011 at 06:17 PM
republican's just don't like facts. they're ideologues, while dems are pragmatists.
Fred Stewart May 26, 2011 at 06:21 PM
precisely. all those multinational conglomerates put the bottom line ahead of the workers who make it all happen...it's ez to use ad hominum attacks against Bishop, but if you look at his voting record, he's trying to make the lives of his constituents better. it's not 'tax and spend liberals' who've bankrupted this country, it's deregulated wall street... it wasn't that long ago... unions built this country, banks destroyed it!
Fred Stewart May 26, 2011 at 06:28 PM
ps, bishops campaign wasn't squeaky clean, but neither was altschulers... that's the tone that politics has taken... what type of commercials is bishop supposed to run, in response to altschulers grainy, black and white, ominous music background, smearing Bishop?
pragmatist May 26, 2011 at 06:50 PM
Mr. D'Agostino, it's sad you don't recognize the important difference between a subsidized job, and a private sector job. The first is formed by government, and paid for by the taxpayer. It does nothing to spur economic growth, and is parasitic in nature. It does nothing to help create more jobs. A private sector job is created through hard work, and free enterprise, and is not funded by the taxpayer. It survives because it produces a product or provides a service that is desired or needed. Private sector jobs also produce more jobs. If all you have to say in defense of (the indefensible) Bishop is 'outsourcing', Bishop is done, cause the folks aren't buying it anymore.
Fred May 26, 2011 at 08:49 PM
Bishop is an embarrassment. His campaign was nothing more than name calling (Randy Oustsourcer). The fact that he voted for some of the most sweeping legislation (stimulus/obamacare) but felt he couldn't stand on his record is shamefull. While I don't agree with his view, if he at least stood by his record I could at least respect that. He is nothing more than a party lacky, who puts the wishes of his's party's masters over the good of his district. ANYONE would be a better pick. That said, Altschuler wouldn't be my1st choice, and I can't imagine what he could bring to the table 2 years later that would improve his chances ,especially with all the liberal lemmings blindly pulling the blue lever.
David D'Agostino May 27, 2011 at 12:12 AM
Economists agree that the stimulus created well over 2 million jobs. They also agree that for every dollar spent on stimulus you get $1.41 in return. For every dollar spent on stimulus you get $1.41 in return. Compare that to say, a corporate tax break. Now, I admit, I am not economist, but the folks at Moody's are and Mark Zandi, the chief economist for Moody's Economy.com, estimates that cutting the corporate tax rate gets you only 32 cents in stimulus for every dollar you spend on it. A job, any job, created by the government or the private sector, spurs economic growth. If someone is living paycheck to paycheck, or not working at all, and you give them a dollar, they spend it. When they spend, the economy grows. Simple economics. The reason the economic recovery has been so slow? The private sector is sitting on a boat load of cash that it refuses to spend and the stimulus was way too small. What is better for the economy, jobs or unemployment? Go talk to one of the people that is now working because of the money Mr. Bishop brought here. Tell them that they are parasites, that their jobs are not real jobs and that they'd be better off not working at all, and see what they say. Randy Altschuler made a living by taking well-paying jobs away from American workers and sending them to India. Period. He made his living by screwing his fellow Americans. You say no one cares, I say let's wait and see what happens in 2012.
April Pokorny May 27, 2011 at 03:15 AM
Mr. Obama has only been President for 2 years, Penny. He was inaugurated on January 20, 2009.
Roger Blaugh May 27, 2011 at 12:00 PM
Another dreamer who believes that Washington runs like a corporation. There's a good reason Alschuler wasn't elected last year...his "I'll fix Washington" non-sense is anobvious effort to get an out-of-our-region Republican elected to the 1st Congressional District. Until he sold his business, the man never lived on Long Island; he didn't even take a vacation here. Altschuler is attempting to "buy a seat" in Congress with the billions he made sending American jobs overseas. It's the same as Cox trading on his family's name...where's he running for Congress next year...Alaska? Altschuler has a lot of nerve attacking Bishop. Altschuler's contribution to our nation's unemployment was greater than any single individual in Washington, DC, except "W". Maybe he can get some of his friends from Pakistan a job in Washington...isn't that where he sent thousands of American jobs, to Pakistan and India? Time to come clean, Altschuler! You're no friend of the American family and you've been no help to the American economy.
Fred Stewart May 27, 2011 at 03:22 PM
the general sentiment on this page doesn't support your assertion, pragmatist! Seems like most people here are 'buying it'...
Fred Stewart May 27, 2011 at 03:25 PM
here, here!
Roseanne May 27, 2011 at 05:30 PM
Atleast Mr. Altschuler knows how to run a business, and meet a payroll. Mr. Bishop is a proven socialist, who caters to attorneys, unions, (just look at who his biggest campaign contributors are)and those who crossed the borders to enter the US illegally, all at the expense of hard-working, tax-paying, business-owning, family-raising patriotic U.S. citizens. Just look at Tim Bishop's voting record when it comes to raising your taxes...across the board he votes again and again on raising taxes. Does anyone really believe Tim Bishop (and the rest of the gov't) will spend YOUR money more wisely than you otherwise would?
Chico Little May 27, 2011 at 11:30 PM
Wow, "Chicken" Little. Name calling, great. If your guy had a record to run on, you'd run on that. You don't so you're calling names to people in forums. You might have a point to make, but it's lost when you act like a five-year-old. It's music to my ears 'cause it means a win for Bishop. You're not going to bring anything new to the table than what you lost with six months ago. You don't know...Jack. (See? Now that's clever.)
Chico Little May 27, 2011 at 11:34 PM
Please don't try to make the Republicans think. If you're for Bishop, then you should want this retread running again. Don't give them any ideas!
High Way Worker May 28, 2011 at 02:32 PM
Get about 400 more votes - that's it. With gas at $5 per gallon and the Democrats unwilling to consider any kind of effective energy policy, and the unemployment rate at 9% (and maybe worse by November 2013 as some predict), and businesses leaving Suffolk at a record pace, I would say 400 votes are very attainable. Also Randy will be THE Republican candidate thus allowing him to get his message out over the next 18 months and counter all the lies about him that have already been put out by the Dems. This time the campaign will be a referendum on Bishop's record - the fact that the Southampton College grounds will be sitting fallow will be the greatest testament to Tim Bishops long term legacy and management acumen. Get ready to see a boarded up campus, scenes of people forking over a quater weeks worth of wages for gas, being given the pink slip, etc. with Tim Bishops picture in the corner of the sceen, again, and again, and again, and again until November 2013. And expect to see the 500 plus workers who have jobs in the US standing behind Randy saying Randy is responsible for the food on their table, again, and again, and again. By election time that contrast will be engrained in peoples' minds and the old tired Dem outsourcing mantra will be a nothing issue.
High Way Worker May 28, 2011 at 02:43 PM
No Fred - it is more like most kool-aid drinking Bishop supporters are praying people will once again be sucked in by bogus claims that miss the point. That will not happen again because the economy under Bishop-Obama is sinking and will continue to sink. The Obama-Bishop crowd I guess have not noticed that this country, thanks to Obama and Bishop type congressmen, has almost doubled its debt in less than two years and has they have led our country to the brink of financial collapse. The BS that the stimulus has returned 41 cents on the dollar is just that. That is the fantasy being weaved by the kool-aid crowd.
JIM MARQUARDT May 28, 2011 at 02:44 PM
If being a socialist means helping the elderly, the sick and disabled, then I'm a socialist too. Throwing around that old canard is ridiculous. The only thing it proves is how heartless the Republicans are. We'll gladly vote for Bishop again.
Mary Beth May 28, 2011 at 03:11 PM
To the posters who comments seem to have been removed, the responses to your postings have nothing to do with liberals, rather they were reasonable rebuttals to a completely misinformed assertion. Firstly, the reason GE paid no taxes has nothing to do with Democrats and everything to do with George Bush and congressional republicans who instated the very legislation that allows them to do so. To blame Obama for this simply shows that you are not interested in facts, only a far right ideology based on hysteria and mistruths. As for GM. President Obama moved forward to bail out this American car manufacturer despite the crazy cries of "socialism" and "government take over" from the radical right. Obama was right to do so. Not only did he save hundreds of thousands of well-paying American jobs, but GM has created over 4,000 new jobs for American workers. Better still, just last week GM paid back its debt to American taxpayers 6 years early! The American taxpayers won big on this one. The American worker scored a huge victory. Rather than resort to ideological hyperbole and outright disinformation, try arguing facts in a rational, adult, and respectable manner and you may find that people respond in kind.
High Way Worker May 28, 2011 at 06:52 PM
Altschuler gets 55% of the vote next time around. If you analyze the results of the last election and assume votes will shift in certain areas of the district being hit hard by gas prices (where people rely on cars to drive 25-30 miles per day) and where businesses have closed, and you figure Altschuler will work hard to get more of the absentee ballots with direct mail, etc. He should swing 5% of the vote which will put him at about 55%. Even a old blue collar guy like me can figure it out.

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