Spin Cycle

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Assemb. Michael Fitzpatrick has opted not to run in a GOP primary in the 1st CD, for the chance to challenge Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop. Fitzpatrick had planned to circulate petitions for re-election to his Assembly seat and for the House seat, beginning Tuesday, when the period for doing so begins.

He was once called by the Conservative Party the state's most conservative legislator, but Randy Altschuler won the minor party's nomination.

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 Within hours Friday, Randy Altschuler’s campaign announced that all  Smithtown town board members except for Supervisor Patrick Vecchio, along with the town clerk, highway superintendent and tax receiver, also have backed Altschuler.

Altschuler's rivals are now George Demos, former SEC lawyer, and Christopher Cox, son of state Republican chairman Ed Cox and grandson of late President Richard Nixon.