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Cuomo endorses Bishop in House race

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo speaks as

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo speaks as Rep. Tim Bishop looks on at a rally in Hauppauge. (Oct. 26, 2012) Credit: Ed Betz

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo endorsed Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) on Friday, calling him the best candidate to represent the middle class and end gridlock in Washington.

"We have to stop the politics of dysfunction and extremism -- and the man to do it is Tim Bishop," " Cuomo told a crowd of 250 people at the IBEW Local 25 Hall in Hauppauge. Cuomo called Bishop "a doer" and said, "He knows the middle class."

Diana Weir, campaign manager for Bishop's Republican opponent Randy Altschuler, said Democrats previously "had full control of the House and Senate and the presidency and at that point they should have done what was best for the middle class and work[ed] across the aisle.

"Bishop's been in office 10 years and has only sponsored four bills . . . where was the bipartisanship before Obama and where are the results."

Cuomo joined Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Suffolk Democratic chairman Richard Schaffer to help Bishop, who is in a rematch with Altschuler, who in 2010 lost to Bishop by fewer than 600 votes.

Also Friday, Bishop and Altschuler released campaign finance reports covering the first 17 days of October. Altschuler raised $113,033 while Bishop took in $91,851. Bishop spent $468,298 to Altschuler's $138,234.

As of Oct. 17, Bishop had $544,356 in cash on hand, compared to Altschuler's $204,137.

Spending by independent organizations, including Super PACs, has reached $3.5 million, with about three-quarters of that money benefiting Altschuler, according to Federal Election Commission reports.

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