George Demos withdrew today from the GOP race to run against Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton). More to come, as Randy Altschuler becomes the putative nominee. Here is his statement released to supporters, in full:
I wanted you to see the statement that Chrysa and I put out today. I hope you understand the decision we made and I thank you for all of your tremendous support. I hope we will have the opportunity to work together again in the future.
Everyone who knows me knows of my deep commitment to public service and to being a strong voice for the Conservative cause. Equally, everyone who knows Chrysa and me, knows of our deep commitment to each other and the joy we are sharing in preparation for our wedding a week from now.
These two facts have now come together. Both my impending marriage and my race for Congress are deeply important to me. But our marriage comes first.
Therefore, today, I am going to set aside my political aspirations for a while so that I can focus on our family. Both Chrysa and I look forward to reentering the political debate in the near future and to fighting for the Conservative Republican values we share.
Here's Altschuler's statement:
“My wife Cheryl and I wish George and his bride-to-be, Chrysa, much happiness in their future together,” said Altschuler. “While George and I have competed fiercely at times for the Republican nomination, both in 2010 and this year, we share a common goal – and that is defeating Obama rubberstamp, incumbent Congressman Tim Bishop, and bringing an end to his job-killing agenda that has badly hurt the people of Suffolk County.”