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1st C.D.: Altschuler cool on hand-recount

While his campaign has publicly vowed to stick to "the process" of auditing voting machines and counting absentee ballots, Randy Altschuler today gave the strongest hints yet that he's opposed to a hand-recount of the nearly 200,000 ballots in his 1st Congressional District race against Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton).

"The Bishop campaign is asking for a hand recount," Altschuler today told the show "Top Line." "If that’s granted, we can be here forever. Hopefully we can get to a speedy resolution of this."

He added: "Hopefully we can know quickly what the final results are."

Altschuler, of course, leads Bishop by 383 votes.

Most of the rest of the interview consisted of Altschuler not answering questions about his preferences for GOP leadership posts in the new Congress, though host Rick Klein did ask Altschuler's thoughts on the floated -- and already debunked -- idea of an Alec Baldwin candidacy in 2012.

"I actually like his TV show," Altschuler said. "I don’t want to get ahead of myself, though. Knock on wood, we'll have a successful outcome."

Altschuler also touted his Tea Party support, which surely is news to the large portions of the Tea Party that backed Chris Cox in the GOP primary.

"We have an active Tea Party group here on eastern Long Island," he said. "They were incredibly supportive of me during the campaign."


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