The 2012 election is more than a year and a half away, but out in Suffolk County the potential rivals for the Congressional seat are going at each other like its the last 72 before the polls close.
Yesterday we made note of the fact that businessman Randy Altschuler is gearing up for another run for Congress against incumbent Democrat Tim Bishop, and then today reported how the Bishop camp is already throwing potshots.
Now Altschuler is out with some potshots of his own, with a spokesman sending along a statement accusing Bishop of a.) playing politics, b.) going negative and c.) doing the bidding of Nancy Pelosi.
Says Altschuler spokesman Christopher Maloney:
“It’s unfortunate for taxpayers and families in Suffolk County that Tim Bishop’s lack of seniority in Congress affords him and his staff plenty of down time to continue baseless personal attacks against Randy Altschuler.
“The constituents who pay their salaries remain hopeful they will wake up, step out of campaign mode, and fight to protect jobs and control the unrestrained deficit spending which they have championed during their eight years in Washington.
“It’s no surprise that Tim Bishop and his flacks want to spend today, the one year anniversary of his vote to pass Obamacare, talking about anything but his blind loyalty to Nancy Pelosi.”
Maloney took issue with Bishop’s spokesman Jon Schneider’s assertion that Bishop has an advantage since 2010 was such a Republican year, arguing that it remains unclear what kind of year 2012 will be, and that the Republican nominee could be boosted by the lack of a primary challenge.
Yesterday, G.O.P county chairman John Jay LaValle told The Politicker that it was the party’s goal to get behind a candidate early on.