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1st C.D.: Bishop backer's mysterious 'signature' for Altschuler

 When a Randy Altschuler petition gatherer showed up at Sheila Herson’s door in Smithtown last month, she shooed him away.

“I told him absolutely not,” said Herson, who is registered Republican. “I’m supporting Tim Bishop. Go away.”

What surprised Herson was that a week later she got a thank-you letter from Altschuler for signing his GOP nominating petitions. Herson, 73, who has been volunteering for Bishop because of his backing of the new federal health law, said she immediately called Altschuler’s campaign to set him straight that she is supporting Bishop and they promised to remove her name for their lists. 

However, she said this week she found out from Bishop campaign aides that her name and address had been included on Altschuler’s petitions. “It’s morally horrible thing to do,” she said.

Jon Schneider, Bishop’s aide, said the siganture appeared on page 252 of volume R10-3, and called it “blatant voter fraud and just one more reason why Long Islanders should reject outsourcing millionaire Randy Altschuler....this is not a partisan issue. It just speaks to the kind of campaign they are running.”

Rob Ryan, Altschuler's spokesman, responded:

  “On July 12th the Altschuler campaign gathered over 6500 good petition signatures for the Republican Party Primary. All of a sudden Tim Bishop’s campaign cries foul. Obviously Tim Bishop is afraid of facing a proven job creator like Randy Altschuler, who will cut taxes, cut spending and shrink the deficit. Perhaps, Tim Bishop’s time would better spent fixing the mess he and Nancy Pelosi have helped create in Washington, instead of inserting himself in the midst of a Republican Primary in Suffolk County.”

(Speaking of the 1st C.D., click here for today's 'Politics and Power' column focusing on GOP candidate Chris Cox and the Nixon legacy, including candidate George Demos' remarks,)

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