Legislator Schneiderman drops out of Congressional race

07/08/2010 12:00 AM |

Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman announced Thursday that he is dropping out of the race to unseat Congressman Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) in November.
Mr. Schneiderman said he will not seek the Republican nomination for a “variety of reasons,” including his two young children.
“I have decided that now is not the time for me to seek the congressional office,” Mr. Schneiderman said in a prepared statement. “I will keep my options open for the future, but for now will stay closer to home and will continue to serve as the Suffolk County Legislator for the 2nd District.”
Mr. Schneiderman’s withdrawal from consideration still leaves a host of other scenarios open. More than a half-dozen candidates have expressed interest in the Republican nomination for the First Congressional District; including businessman Randy Altschuler; attorney George Demos; and Chris Cox, the grandson of former president Richard Nixon.
Mr. Schneiderman said he may endorse an individual candidate at a later date.
County Republicans did not choose a candidate at their convention in May, opting instead to wait for the results of a September primary.
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