It wasn’t just Barack Obama that had the spotlight yesterday. Democrat Tim Bishop of Southampton also kept his seat on the Congress, with a win in a brutal political campaign.
Bishop won a sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, beating Randy Altschuler, who lost to more than 10,000 votes. In the election two years ago, Altschuler came close to beating Bishop, losing by just 600 votes. Bishop had 132,525 votes and Randy Altschuler’s had 121,478.
The campaign was a negative one, with Mr. Altschuler spending over $3 million more in advertising to try and unseat Bishop, using tactics that painted Bishop as corrupt. Bishop’s campaign reminded voters with their own ads, however, about Altschuler’s career owning an outsourcing business that resonated with voters.
“The only thing worse than a sore loser is a lousy winner,” Bishop said when he won, “so I’m not going to say a lot of what is in my head and in my heart.”
Unchallenged, Mr. Fred Thiele (I-Sag Harbor) won the First Assembly District, which is all of the South Fork, Shelter Island and parts of Brookhaven.
Incumbent Republican Ken LaValle won an 18th term in the state senate beating Bridget Fleming.
Assemblyman Dan Losquadro (R-Shoreham) won the Second Assembly District, which includes the North Fork and part of Brookhaven.