St. James businessman Randy Altschuler, who narrowly lost a congressional race against Democratic incumbent Tim Bishop last year, has decided to seek a rematch with Bishop in 2012. Altschuler had withdrawn his name from consideration for the Suffolk County executive race after speaking with party leaders, according to a statement from his office.
“After serious consideration, I have consulted with party leaders and decided not to run for Suffolk County executive,” Altschuler said in a statement. “The truth is that after falling just short last year, my intent had always been to seek a rematch with Congressman Bishop in 2012 and in the coming days I will file papers making that run official.”
“Narrow” is almost an understatement; Bishop hung on by a margin of 600 out of more than 194,000 cast.
The article quotes a Bishop spokesman as scoffing “[Announcing] 18 months early is kind of silly.”