Spin Cycle

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Rep. Tim Bishop's gear-up for the coming year -- when he's facing a targeted challenge from the national Republicans -- draws some D.C. analysis in this CQ piece.  Republican entrepreneur Randy Altschuler has begun running campaign ads. "Tim Bishop's all about the old way -- bigger government, more taxes, more spending," says Altschuler, with dramatic music and ads showing him in the animated conversations with people that is typical of the form. Much is made of Bishop's role in the caucus led by Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Folks in the Bishop camp are already calling their most visible rival "Randy Outsourcer," for basing a start-up business-service company in India, but CQ notes Altschuler "denied his company eliminated existing American jobs and claims that he has actually created over 700 jobs in the United States." In his ads the entrepreneur identifies himself as a "conservative businessman." His ad is here.

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