Former Gov. George Pataki, who this week is throwing his weight behind New Hampshire Republicans running for congress, announced today he's backing Randy Altschuler vs. Rep. Tim Bishop on the East End, Brookhaven and Smithtown.
Pataki, from the Altschuler campaign's release: "Randy Altschuler is the type of leader that we need and I am proud to support him. Randy's experience in the private sector has taught him that the only way to jump-start our economy is to rein in spending and cut taxes, regulations and red-tape so that businesses large and small can reinvest, expand and create good paying jobs for hardworking Americans. He understands that the big spending, high taxing policies of Obama, Pelosi and Reid are failing our nation."
Altschuler's quote: "It's a great honor to be endorsed by Governor Pataki. His leadership in Albany is sorely missed. Governor Pataki and I share a firm belief in the Republican principles of lower taxes, less spending and less debt. We also share a belief that New York is the Empire State, where we all can truly achieve the American Dream. His endorsement means a great deal to me and he has my word that I will fight tirelessly in Washington for the people of the 1st Congressional District and the State of New York."
Yesterday Bishop won the endorsement of Patrick Vecchio, Smithtown's GOP town supervisor.