Bishop calls rival Altschuler 'extreme'

Congressman Tim Bishop speaks during a debate against Congressman Tim Bishop speaks during a debate against his opponent, candidate Randy Altschuler, at the Riverhead Baptist Church. (Sept. 23, 2012) Photo Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

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The campaign for Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) charged Friday that Republican challenger Randy Altschuler's promises to govern as a moderate are belied by his "many extreme positions."

Bishop campaign communications director Robert Pierce said in a news release, "Randy Altschuler is either lying about his extreme positions, or he's lying about being a moderate. I don't know many moderates who hang a tea party flag in their office, I don't know many moderates who are endorsed by radical gun groups, and I certainly don't know many moderates who pay to advertise their extreme views on choice."

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The news release cited Altschuler radio ads in the 2010 election that referred to his "100 percent pro-life record," which the Bishop campaign said means no exceptions in cases of rape or incest or when the health of the mother is in danger.

The release also said Altschuler has been endorsed by gun groups that oppose limiting the sale of high-capacity magazines.

"Another day, another misleading attack from corrupt, career politician Tim Bishop," responded Altschuler's campaign director Chris Russell. "He's so desperate to cling to power that Bishop will literally say anything at this point so he can continue to line his pockets at the expense of Long Islanders.

"Altschuler is the father of a young daughter and these attacks against him are absurd and disgraceful. Let me be clear: Randy would never force a victim of rape or incest to continue with a pregnancy against her own will, nor put a pregnant woman's life in jeopardy. Never. In Congress, Randy Altschuler will be an independent voice for Long Island and will work across party lines to create local jobs, clean up the mess in Washington, and get our country headed in the right direction again."

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