Spin Cycle

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As we've reported here, Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick scotched plans to circulate petitions, starting tomorrow, for both Assembly and Congress, giving him until mid-July to raise the $250,000 needed to run a credible House primary.

He said he raised nearly $50,000, but the Conservative Party’s nomination of millionaire Randy Altschuler made fundraising difficult. The seat is held by Democrat Tim Bishop.

Fitzpatrick backed Altschuler before entering the race himself, and source close to him said  it’s unlikely Fitzpatrick will endorse Altschuler now. As noted, George Demos and Christopher Cox remain candidates.

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And now comes word that in the 2nd C.D., Stephen Labate won’t challenge John Gomez for the GOP nomination. Gomez comes from talk radio and Labate had local Tea Party support.

Democrat Steve Israel currently holds the seat.