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Thursday, October 27, 2016

WATCH: GOP Candidate Links Democratic Congressman, President Obama To Rob Ford

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

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  • Gabriel Gomez tried that exact same “I’m not a politician” approach last year. You might recall it didn’t work.

    Despite this district being more conservative than MA overall, I see no reason to believe it could work here either. That “I’m a working Joe” shtick only works on people who would even vote for Kim Jong-un if he ran on the G.O.P. ticket.

  • docb

    Ignorance is bliss for the rabid righties…The dumber the better for their candidates and congress critters!

  • Lynda Groom

    When you have nothing of value to offer you poiint fingers and try misdirection. That has been the GOP plan book for decades. Remember ‘welfare queens?’

  • Dominick Vila

    Demos tried hyperbole and distortion twice, and lost both times. He is a prime candidate for strike 3.

  • jakenhyde

    This guy’s thinking is flawed from the get go. First he uses innuendo to link his opponent to Ford. Then he criticizes politicians(maybe rightfully so). But then he wants to become a politician. What a crock. I certainly hope the electorate in his districts can see what a liar he is.