George Demos, one of the two main candidates vying for the Republican nomination to run against Suffolk Rep. Tim Bishop, issued a statement this evening announcing his withdrawal from the race, effectively making Randy Altschuler the GOP candidate in the race this November.
In the letter sent to his supporters, Mr. Demos cited his upcoming marriage for his exit, although cynics might point to his underdog status in the Republican primary for the reason instead.
Mr. Bishop is one of the more vulnerable Democratic incumbents in New York this cycle, as he only barely won with 50.1% of the vote against Mr. Altschuler in 2010, and that was after another bruising primary with Mr. Demos beforehand. With no primary opponent throwing elbows his way, Mr. Altschuler is undoubtedly happy with today’s news. However, Democrats believe 2010 was an exceptionally terrible cycle for them and, with a more favorable year and higher Democratic turnout thanks to the presidential election, Mr. Bishop is better positioned than he was two years ago.
Regardless, the general election in this race is now set.
View the letter below:
Everyone who knows me knows of my deep commitment to public service and to being a strong voice for the Conservative cause. Equally, everyone who knows Chrysa and me, knows of our deep commitment to each other and the joy we are sharing in preparation for our wedding a week from now.
These two facts have now come together. Both my impending marriage and my race for Congress are deeply important to me. But our marriage comes first.
Therefore, today, I am going to set aside my political aspirations for a while so that I can focus on our family. Both Chrysa and I look forward to reentering the political debate in the near future and to fighting for the Conservative Republican values we share.
George and Chrysa