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Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) sent an interesting missive to supporters in the wake of his second win against Republican candidate Randy Altschuler -- warning he remains targeted by the GOP without the slightest pause and therefore must already start fundraising for 2014.
Always leave it to Washington, DC to remind you that politics never takes a rest.
This past Thursday, thanks to the generosity and hard work of supporters like you, I was proud to be sworn-in as a member of the 113th Congress. Having been through a bruising election cycle, I looked forward to putting aside politics and spending time on the pressing issues facing our nation-- most notably overcoming the objections of House Republicans to make sure our region gets needed funding to rebuild from Superstorm Sandy.
Instead, while I standing with my family at the ceremonial swearing-in photo with Speaker Boehner, I received what I can only imagine will be the first of many attacks over the next two years from the National Republican Congressional Committee, a so-called "Retirement Package." More specifically, I was listed as one of 10 Incumbent Democrats the NRCC is determined to defeat, and thus they were inviting me to consider retirement. This attack is a reminder of the sad, new reality of our politics, a 365-day-a-year campaign with people who have nothing better to do than throw cheap shots. Here's my response to their kind offer to "retire": Help me put together the resources I will need to be re-elected in 2014. Any donation you can make, whether it's $5, $25, $100 or more, sends an important message that we will stand up together for Suffolk County.
The timing of this attack is sad on so many levels. It speaks to our broken politics that the professional political class can't let a single day go by without an attack. But it is a remarkable sign of being politically tone deaf that the National Republican Congressional Committee honestly thinks that Suffolk County would want to add one more vote to a majority that has no respect for our values, and no understanding of the suffering Sandy left in its wake. I've got news for the National Republicans, Tim Bishop isn't your problem... your anti-Suffolk County policies are your problem.
While I've learned to accept that political cheap shots are part of this job, it is a small price to pay for the opportunity to have a seat at the table on the issues that matter to my community. So, I will look forward to working with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle on the issues that matter-- securing Sandy relief, creating jobs, improving our economy, passing common-sense gun control legislation and fighting for middle class families.
I want to thank you for all your past support and I hope I can continue to earn your support so we can work together for Suffolk County's values.