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The Suffolk Conservative Party will screen the crowded congressional field in the first district Monday night, but one GOP contender, George Demos, has lashed out at the minor party for “inexplicably” being on track to endorse “least conservative candidate” in the contest — Randy Altschuler.


Demos described Altschuler as a “pro-choice, outsourcing proponent” who is a former six year member of the Green Party which embraces “radical Marxist ideologies.” Altschuler, he said “is gauranteed to lose the Republican primary and simply be a spoiler in the general election.”


Rob Ryan, an Altschuler consultant, said neither Suffolk Conservative chairman Ed Walsh nor state chairman Mike Long will buy Demos’ claims. “They know Randy Altschuler is a conservative.”

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Demos' "open letter" to Long and Walsh is posted here.

Demos' followup to the response is posted here.

Party sources say that Long had heavily pressed Walsh last month to back Altschuler in a meeting where Walsh was seeking to garner Long’s support for Copunty Executive Steve Levy as governor. Walsh has said he has made no decision who to back.

Here's the status of the money race culled from Federal Election Commission filings, available here:

Multi-millionaire Altschuler's latest campaign filing shows he has $1.5 million cash on hand, a little over $1 million of it self-funded.

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Demos has raised $427,000 and has $305,000 on hand.

Christopher Cox, grandson of former president Richard Nixon and son of state GOP chair Edward Cox, has raised $739,318, but $500,000 of it is self-funded.

Former CIA official Gary Berntsen has raised $56,506 including a $10,000 loan to himself and he has $29,610 on hand.

Assemb. Michael Fitzpatrick who has yet to formally declare but has a fundraiser planned for May 1, did not file a finance report.

The man they are all aiming at Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) has $1.2 million on hand after raising $326,000 over the past three months.

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Blog-editor add: Speaking of Demos: This critical piece on the Huffington Post  may prove useful to rivals looking to downspin his performance in a past role as an S.E.C. attorney.