Demos makes third run for Bishop's House seat

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WASHINGTON -- Two-time Republican candidate George Demos announced Tuesday that he has filed to run again against Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop on the East End.

Demos, of Brookhaven, a lawyer in private practice, registered a campaign committee with the Federal Election Commission last week and will report his first fundraising total next week, his spokesman, Rob Cole, said.

"Tim Bishop is vulnerable at every level," Cole said in a news release Tuesday.

"He is being investigated on ethics charges by the Congress, and his voting record and legislative philosophy is widely out of touch with the vast majority of the citizens of Eastern Long Island," the statement said.

The House Ethics Committee is investigating Bishop, of Southampton, regarding allegations he solicited a campaign contribution from a constituent he was helping. Bishop denies he did anything improper or illegal.

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"Congressman Bishop is concerned about the reckless tea party shutdown of the government and helping his constituents that have been furloughed or otherwise harmed by it, not politics," said Bishop spokesman Oliver Longwell.

This will be Demos' third attempt to run as the Republican candidate against Bishop.

Demos finished second in a three-way Republican primary in 2010 and dropped out of the primary in 2012 to get married. St. James businessman Randy Altschuler won both Republican primaries but lost both elections against Bishop.

Unlike Altschuler, Demos doesn't have deep pockets. Demos reported to the FEC that he has $3 left from his last campaign. Bishop has $301,000.

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