Republican congressional candidate George Demos is drawing early attention to what will likely be one of the tightest 2014 House races in the country, with a new ad comparing six-term incumbent Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY) and President Barack Obama to Toronto mayor Rob Ford.
“Tired of politicians?” the ad’s narrator asks, as images of Bishop, Obama, and Ford appear on screen. “Then look at George Demos. He’s not a politician. George Demos knows the good guys from the bad.”
The comparison between Ford — the embattled Canadian mayor who admitted to smoking crack cocaine while in “one of my drunken stupors” — and Bishop, a mild-mannered former provost of Southampton College, may strike the voters of New York’s 1st Congressional District as a stretch. It should help Demos raise his profile, however. The former Securities and Exchange Commission prosecutor struggled to gain traction in 2010 and 2012, when he tried and failed to win the Republican nomination in NY-1.
Demos is running against State Senator Lee Zeldin for the Republican nomination in 2014, and whichever candidate wins should give Bishop a very competitive race. In 2012, Bishop defeated Republican opponent Randy Altschuler in a tight 52 to 48 percent contest, and President Obama won Bishop’s district by less than 1 percent. The National Republican Campaign Commission has already begun attacking Bishop, who is widely considered to be among the more vulnerable Democratic incumbents in the country.
H/t: State of Politics