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February 9, 2016

GOP Group Boosts House Candidate in New York Primary

American Action Network Helps Lee Zeldin Over George Demos in New York

Bishop is a targeted House Democrat in New York. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

American Action Network, a GOP-backed, center-right outside player in campaigns, has debuted a new advertisement in a New York House race, backed by a six-figure buy.

In the Empire State’s 1st District, AAN’s advertisement charges former prosecutor George Demos is a “Pelosi Republican” and is “in the wrong state and the wrong party.”

Demos will face the favorite of most national Republicans, state Sen. Lee Zeldin, on June 24. The two men are vying for nomination to take on Democratic Rep. Timothy H. Bishop this fall.

AAN is spending $225,0000 on a blitz of the district that includes cable and digital advertising and direct mail. Here is the TV spot:

The National Republican Congressional Committee does not play in primaries but named Zeldin as a “contender” in its Young Guns program. The NRCC did not list Demos as part of its Young Guns program, according to its website.

Republicans often tie candidates to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California when trying to make a negative case in a GOP primary.

The race is rated Leans Democratic by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • riverheadlady4

    This is disgusting. I happen to know George Demos and have known him for years. He’s as conservative as Reagan and he’s in no way taking money from Pelosi. They’re trying to smear him because his new father-in-law has donated to Democrats. It’s disgusting to go after someone’s family. It’s also disgusting to trash this honest and upstanding candidate, that Rush Limbaugh even called a “conservative”, all because they want the ‘party-guy’ who will vote blindly with the masses. George Demos is a Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin-type Conservative. He won’t be pushed around or bought by anyone.

    What is WRONG with these Republicans?
    They attack each other more fiercely than they ever would attack a Democrat!!


  • allyall

    I don’t believe you.

  • Peter Sivere

    George Demos is a coward.

  • riverheadlady4

    Lee Zeldin is an idiot.

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