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POLL: Zeldin or Demos in 1st CD?

Republicans Lee Zeldin and George Demos will face off on June 24 for the chance to run against six-term incumbent Democrat Tim Bishop.

Lee Zeldin, left, and George Demos, right Credit: file photos
Lee Zeldin, left, and George Demos, right Credit: file photos

The Republican primary in New York's 1st Congressional District, set for next Tuesday, June 24, pits Lee Zeldin and George Demos against each other in a battle of conservatives. 

State Sen. Zeldin, 34, from Shirley, was named one of 10 “Rising  Conservative Stars” by the American Conservative Union. Zeldin is backed by state and local GOP and Conservative Party leaders, and is endorsed by 60 local officials, national Republicans like John McCain and Rick Santorum and ex-Sen. Alfonse D’Amato. 

His opponent, Demos, 37, grew up in Manhattan and was described by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani as the “true conservative” in the race. Former Governor George Pataki, a Republican, conceded: “George [Demos] is a conservative. Period.”

Zeldin, a lawyer and Army Reserve Major and Demos, a former Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer, have similar policies, though that hasn’t discouraged them from engaging in nasty smear tactics against each other. Both want to repeal Obamacare, oppose tax increases, and agree that Long Island needs economic improvement badly.

Zeldin and Demos are running for a chance to face six-term incumbent Democrat Tim Bishop on Nov. 4. The First Congressional District includes the East End, Brookhaven Town and most of Smithtown. 

New York has a closed primary process, meaning only those registered as Republican can vote in next week's primary. 

OK, Republicans, who is your pick? Vote in the poll above and share your thoughts on the candidates in the comment section below. 

Sean June 23, 2014 at 09:27 PM
How about neither one!
Jane Rogan June 24, 2014 at 01:20 PM
If you want term limits get out and vote. I think Tim Bishop has served out his time. Voters have the power to make that change.
BenFranklin June 24, 2014 at 02:30 PM
Tim Bishop got lucky in 2008, the political winds were on his side. He almost lost in 2010 and 2012, and now is even more vulnerable. The Democrats want nothing more than a Demos victory, which would split the vote between Demos and Zeldin in November (Zeldin on the Conservative ticket). Fortunately, that won't happen. The Democrat backed PAC "Patriot Majority USA" has been sending out mailers attacking Zeldin from the right. They are all lies. Original Source: http://docquery.fec.gov/cgi-bin/dcdev/forms/C90012956/930986/f57
knee jerk June 24, 2014 at 03:40 PM
BenFranklin: Were you shocked stupid by that lightning while flying your kite? Tim Bishop "got lucky in 2008" and almost lost in 2010 & 2012? I would say unbeatable is correct.

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