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2010 New York 1st District Race: Republican Randy Altschuler Tasked with Defeating Democrat Tim Bishop

Democratic incumbent Tim Bishop is favored to win in New York’s 1st U.S. House race, as he has since 2002. He’s easily beat previous opponents. But this is a competitive district in terms of demographics, which puts it in the cross-hairs of Republicans seeking to whisk away as many Democratic-held districts as possible this year. Randy Altschuler is the Republican pick after the Sept. 14 primary, and he may pose a significant challenge to Bishop.

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Mitt Romney’s Empire State Endorsements

…the former Massachusetts governor — whose team was behind the headline-making win of Bay State Sen. Scott Brown  — is lending his name to (and opening his wallet) these NY Congressional hopefuls: Incumbent Reps. Pete King and Chris Lee, Randy Altschuler

“At a time when we need leaders who will enact pro-growth policies that will turn our troubled economy around and put people back to work, too many Washington politicians are instead focused on growing the size of government. New York – and our nation – deserves leaders who will put the interests of the people ahead of the special interests, and work to get our economy back on track. That is why I am proud to stand with these candidates today,” said Romney.

Randy is facing incumbent Rep. Tim Bishop (D) in November.

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The New York Republican establishment was handed a searing lesson in the perils of top-down machine politics last November.

Today, it’s the case of New York’s first congressional district, located in Long Island’s Suffolk County. Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop is in his fourth term in this battleground district, which George W. Bush won in 2004. He is under fire for party-line votes on everything from stimulus to health care. This is the sort of seat the GOP needs in order to gain a majority this fall.

The party looked set to do well. Businessman Randy Altschuler has been campaigning for more than a year on fiscal conservatism and pro-growth policies. The party banked him with strong fund raising and the endorsements of everyone from House GOP Whip Eric Cantor to local officials. He did face some competitors, including George Demos, a former SEC attorney, and Gary Berntsen, a former CIA official. New York has both Republican Party and Conservative Party ballot lines. In the usual course of things, Messrs. Altschuler, Demos and Berntsen would have engaged in a bottom-up competition for the committee votes and endorsements of the parties. One candidate would usually scoop both by spring, leaving him largely free to focus on Mr. Bishop.

Enter new state GOP party chairman Ed Cox—or rather, his son. Chris Cox, a lawyer, is a long-time resident of Manhattan. In January, however, he changed his voting address to his uncle’s house in the Hamptons and announced for NY 1. The airdrop of the party boss’s son caused an uproar.

Mr. Altschuler in May thumped Mr. Cox for the Conservative Party nomination, yet Mr. Cox keeps pursuing the Republican Party line. The Suffolk County GOP, under Ed Cox’s watchful eye, initially considered anointing his son. But grass-roots pushback has instead resulted in an open Sept. 14 primary for the Republican slot.

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Only a fusion GOPer can beat Bishop

The Conservative Party candidate locked in a GOP primary for Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop’s seat has an internal polling memo showing that only a fusion candidate with the “C” and “R” lines can win that right-tilting district in the fall.

The memo, obtained by POLITICO, was done by pollster John McLaughlin, who’s working with businessman Randy Altschuler, the Conservative line candidate for the seat in which the GOP chips are still falling.

The memo basically suggests that the other candidates in the GOP field, which includes Christopher Cox, the grandson of Richard Nixon and son of the New York state GOP chairman, and former SEC attorney George Demos, are spoilers.

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Randy Altschuler Gets It – Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge

“By signing the Pledge, Randy Altschuler demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of New York’s 1st Congressional District.”
 
“I challenge all candidates for federal office to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform said.

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Randy Altschuler Promises to Protect Taxpayers’ wallets – Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge

“By signing the Pledge, Randy Altschuler demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of New York’s 1st Congressional District,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR)

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Right Doctor #122 – Interview with Randy Altschuler

New York guys: Conservative candidates in New York: Businessman Randy Altschuler in NY-1 on Long Island and Michael Grimm in NY-13 on Staten Island join Melissa to talk about the concerns in their Districts including the Ground Zero Mosque, illegal immigration and more.

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Nixon Grandson Finds the Going Rocky in Bid for Congress

Businessman Randy Altschuler appears to be the favorite in the GOP race in a district that takes in the eastern half of Long island.

Republican insiders are quietly skeptical that the grandson of the late President Richard M. Nixon, attorney/businessman Chris Cox, will make it out of the Republican primary in New York’s 1st Congressional District.

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Chris Cox Finance Director Defects To Randy Altschuler

Randy Altschuler is an innovator and he has proven track record of job creation here in New York and in this country. He understands that high taxes and out of control federal spending are not a formula for American success. Randy’s vast experience as a successful businessman and as a problem solver will be huge plus as we work through the economic challenges that confront our nation,” de Bellis said in a statement.

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CPAC 2010: Parting Thoughts – Rising Stars

Meet Randy Altschuler, who is running for New York Congress District #2 in Long Island.   Randy has never held political office.   This young man is a Princeton undergrad, Harvard MBA.  He started a tech business in his one-bedroom apartment, and grew it to 4,000 employees before selling it to R.R. Donnelley. 

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