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Demos Drops Out of Congressional Race

Clears the path to GOP nomination for Altschuler.

The First Congressional District election is now a two-man race — George Demos, R-Ronkonkoma, withdrew his candidacy Friday.

In a statement emailed Friday afternoon, Demos said he is stepping aside to focus on his pending nuptials and new family. Demos writes that he and his fiancee, Chrysa, will be married in a week.

"Both my impending marriage and my race for Congress are deeply important to me," he said. "But our marriage comes first."

Demos' exit leaves incumbent U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop, D-Southampton, and challenger Randy Altschuler, R-Smithtown. This was Demos' second time facing Altschuler in a GOP primary.

Altschuler followed up Demos' statement with one of his own — much more congenial than their past exchanges — and took the opportunity to dig at his now sole opponent, Bishop.

“My wife Cheryl and I wish George and his bride-to-be, Chrysa, much happiness in their future together,” Altschuler said. “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.”

Altschuler defeated both Demos and Christopher Cox — President Richard Nixon's grandson — in the 2010 GOP primary. Altschuler went on to be by Bishop in the general election, and hopes to have a reversal of fortunes in 2012, especially since he , which Bishop held the last time around. Altschuler also , ahead of the planned June 26 primary.

Alicia Palifka May 27, 2012 at 08:09 PM
@Fred 'n Freeda..You say "Another right-wing-nut heard from"..any reason you feel the need to call out names? You do not have your facts correct. I'm just going to throw a few things out there. Bishop took down an entire college. He voted for Obamacare. Has not supplied jobs to Americans. He has fought to KEEP illegal immigrants working out east hense taking AWAY American Jobs. Altschuler..a self made mad with a family. Enrolls a min of 700 employees HERE. (I suggest you learn how business works as a result of govt intervention.)Where he lives? None of your business.Last election? If it were not for the abundance of voter fraud I wonder if he would have won! Either way Bishop skimmed that win!
Drtee-Dancer May 28, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Thank you SashaK, MensaLady, Chuck, Had Enuf & Worlds Gym for your understanding & comments.
MensaLady May 28, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Crickets still!
Don't Tread on Me May 28, 2012 at 03:58 PM
The only people who won in GM and Chrysler were the unions. Let us not forget that they were handed partial ownership over the stockholders. I guess you didn't have stock in the car companies or you would have been singing a different tune. Why don't you research the facts of how Detroit is doing. It is not pretty! As far as Altschuler not having government abilities, there is nothing that works more for me than that issue. I am sick of those in government who do not vote with the people but vote for those whose lines their coffers. It is proven over and over again. The list is endless! One more issue, did you know, the original house bill including retro-fitting your home before you sold it. That means a government inspector would have to come in and give you an okay. Of course, not many here on Long Island would be able to afford to sell their house. When I discussed it with Bishop, his attitude was "what are you worried about" "it will never make it past the Senate". That certainly is not an answer. If you think the prices have come down, leave the progressives to their own devices and you will never see any recovery in our nation.
Sam May 29, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Peter Sivere was criminal and treated as such

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