Both two-time Republican candidate George Demos and New York State Senator Lee Zeldin have announced their intentions to run against incumbent Congressman Tim Bishop next year.
In a press release issued last week, Demos, an attorney from Holbrook who sought the Republican nomination last year over businessman Randy Altschuler, announced he would once again seek Congressional office in 2014.
On October 1, Demos filed the “Friends of George Demos” committee as a prelude to an announcement for Congress he said would take place before the end of the year.
The filing will be made public on October 15 and according to the release Demos has placed into the campaign “a significant amount of resources to make clear his intention to run and win the seat for the people of the first Congressional District.”
“Tim Bishop is vulnerable at every level,” said Demos in the statement. “He is being investigated on ethics charges by the Congress and his voting record and legislative philosophy is widely out of touch with the vast majority of the citizens on eastern Long Island.”
On Monday, Zeldin — a state senator from Shirley who ran against Bishop in 2008 before being elected to the state senate in 2010 — announced he would also vie for Bishop’s seat.
“Aren’t you tired of the way Washington is failing to represent us,” said Zeldin. “I am. I’m, Lee Zeldin and I’m running for United States Congress.”
Zeldin, 33, who served as a paratrooper and legal advisor for the 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq and continues to serve as major in the reserves, said his twin daughters are one of the “most important reasons” for why he has decided to run again.
“I have no tolerance for those who play by their own set of rules,” said Zeldin. “Integrity. Duty. Hard Work. That is the example I set for my daughters. I also believe you can’t complain if you’re not willing to fight for change. That’s why I ran for and won a seat in the New York State Senate. I fought and I won many of those fights.”