Incumbent Congressman Tim Bishop has outraised his Republican challenger Randy Altschuler, according to federal campaign finance documents released last week.
Bishop’s campaign has nearly twice as much cash on hand as Altschuler’s and the two are preparing for a rematch this fall of one of the closest Congressional races of 2010.
According to a release issued by Congressman Bishop’s camp, he outraised Altschuler by $65,000 between June 7 and June 30, collecting $192,635 in donations compared to Altschuler’s $128,383.
But Altschuler outraised the incumbent Congressman in the first three filing periods. However, Bishop currently has $1.53 million cash on hand compared to Altschuler’s $798,000.
“I’m honored and humbled by this outpouring of support,” Congressman Bishop said in a statement. “The middle class families of this district know that I am an honest, independent voice for them in Congress, and I couldn’t be more pleased by their backing.”
The news was the second solid break for Bishop, who also picked up the endorsement of the Long Island Federation of Labor last week.
In a press release issued on July 12, Mario Cilento, president of the New York State AFL-CIO, praised Congressman Bishop’s work towards creating and retaining jobs.
“Congressman Tim Bishop knows that there is only one way to strengthen our economy, and that is through the creation and retention of good jobs,” said Cilento. “He has stood up for Project Labor Agreements and collective bargaining rights, not because it’s the politically popular thing to do, but because he understands that they ensure quality work and protect the economic well-being of workers. We need to reelect Tim Bishop, so that he can continue to fight for jobs and middle class families throughout Suffolk County and our country.”
“I’ve always put working middle class families first,” Bishop said in a statement. “Standing shoulder to shoulder with labor will help this country and this district grow from the middle class out — not the top down. I will continue to support efforts that allow workers to bargain together to improve their working conditions, improve their standard of living, and ensure quality work.”
John Durso, President of the Long Island Federation of Labor, said Congressman Tim Bishop has worked hard to support working families of Long Island.
“We will reach out to our union membership directly and let them know the importance of keeping Tim Bishop on the job in Washington, D.C.,” Durso said.
In other campaign news, a luncheon hosted by the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce featuring Altschuler as a guest speaker on July 26 at the Hamptons Players Club has been rescheduled, according to East Hampton Chamber of Commerce Director Marina Van. The event has been rescheduled for September 20 with a location yet to be determined.
The East Hampton Chamber will host a luncheon with Congressman Bishop on August 14 at The American Hotel in Sag Harbor.