Long Island Republican Randy Altschuler, who narrowly lost to Tim Bishop in November, emailed supporters today under the subject line “I’m Running for Congress and Need Your Help,” asking for contributions before the June filing deadline.
Altschuler came within a few thousands votes of defeating Bishop, in what became the last race to be decided across the country. (The decision came so late that Altschuler attended freshman orientation in Washington.)
“With your past support, we came within a hair of victory,” he wrote in today’s email — one of a few references to the narrow margin last year.
Altschuler’s second effort comes with many of the same campaign themes — job creation, less government, reform — but he does have a new URL: www.randy2012.com.
Bishop’s team, in turn, has made clear they are embracing the re-match and will hit Altschuler with the same criticisms it leveled last time.
UPDATE: The 2012 race won’t exactly be a replay, what with Paul Ryan’s budget plan giving Democrats a new talking point. Josh Schwerin, a spokesman for the DCCC, emailed to press Altschuler for his position on the plan: “Randy Altschuler is refusing to tell voters whether or not he supports the Republican budget that had near unanimous support from House Republicans. The voters deserve to know where Randy Altschuler stands before he starts asking them for cash.”
Here’s the email from Altschuler:
Twenty-eight months ago, President Obama and Congressman Tim Bishop pushed through the single largest spending increase in United States history—a nearly $1 trillion (so-called) stimulus bill promising to hold unemployment under 8% and create or save 3.5 million jobs.
Fast forward to today, and unemployment is over 9%, the country is drowning in debt, and the outlook is bleak; a June 15, 2011 article in the New York Times was headlined “Report Says More Small Businesses Expect to Cut Jobs Than Hire Workers.”
In the face of these stark realities, President Obama characterizes the current economic situation by saying “There are always going to be bumps on the road to recovery.”
No wonder many respected economists – not just conservatives – are sounding the alarm that the massive amount of spending and debt caused by the Obama-Bishop Plan will reduce incomes, hurt job prospects for millions and leave future generations buried in debt they can never repay.
I have decided to run for Congress again in 2012 because:
· We need leaders in Washington with private sector business experience who know how to create jobs and promote economic growth.
· We need fiscal conservatives who understand that government must live within its means, and who have the courage to make the tough decisions to see that it does.
· We need reformers who aren’t beholden to the special interests in Washington – independent-minded people who can’t be bought and won’t be bossed.
I am one of those people; but I need your help once again – and the help of thousands of others – to compete against the barrage of negative attacks sure to come from my opponent and defenders of the status quo in Washington, DC.
Will you help? Please consider a donation of $100, $250, $500 or $1,000 or whatever you can afford. You can contribute through my website at www.randy2012.com or send your contribution to Randy Altschuler for Congress P.O. Box 657, Stony Brook, NY 11790-1911.
Your early support today will help position us to win this race in 2012.
Since our very narrow loss last year – so close that it was the last House race to be decided in the country – I’ve continued to listen to the people of the First Congressional District.
Their message has been clear.
They want specific and concrete steps to address our enormous problems. They know we can’t tax, spend and borrow our way to prosperity. They know it’s the private sector – not government – that creates jobs and provides economic opportunity.
We need more people in Congress who’ve actually built a business, made a payroll and understand how to incentivize private-sector approaches to job creation.
That is why I’m running for Congress again in 2012. And, as I face a critical filing with the Federal Elections Commission at the end of June, I need your financial assistance to demonstrate the strength of support for my candidacy.
NY-1 will be one of the top-tier, most closely watched races in the country. It will take significant resources to get our message out and win. I ask you to consider a donation of $100, $250, $500, or $1,000.
I am running for Congress because, like Americans of every stripe and set of beliefs, I believe in our country and its future. Unless we step forward to change the fiscal and economic policies of President Obama and Congressman Bishop, the very future of our country is at risk. We cannot let that happen.
With your past support, we came within a hair of victory. As a seasoned candidate, I ask you please to step up early and help us be victorious this time! I cannot tell you how deeply I appreciate your strong and positive response to this letter.