Congressional candidate Randy Altschuler endorsed East Hampton Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson this week in his bid for reelection.
“Bill brings a business approach to government that is sorely lacking in Washington, and he has a strong track record of saying what he is going to do, and then doing what he says,” Mr. Altschuler said in a press release issued on Monday. “That’s a rare quality in elected officials today, and Bill should be commended for the example he sets for all public servants, as well as aspiring public servants like me.”
Mr. Wilkinson, a Republican who is running for his second term, has also been endorsed by State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr.
His opponent, Zachary Cohen, who is running on the Democratic and Working Families lines, has been endorsed by U.S. Representative Tim Bishop, a Democrat. Mr. Bishop faced a tough challenge by Mr. Altschuler, a Republican, last year, holding onto his seat by a fraction of 1 percent of the vote.
Mr. Bishop also endorsed Mr. Cohen’s running mates for the Town Board, Sylvia Overby and Peter Van Scoyoc.
In a campaign letter sent to supporters by the East Hampton Town Democratic Committee, Mr. Bishop criticized Mr. Wilkinson for allegedly inviting Mr. Altschuler to a town meeting last year and making him an honorary chairman of his campaign, saying that he injected national politics into a local election.
Mr. Altschuler, a business owner from St. James, responded in the press release.
“While I know Congressman Bishop can’t resist ‘going negative’ when it comes to me, it’s disappointing that he doesn’t understand that your local race isn’t about me, and it isn’t about him; it’s about the future direction of your community,” he said.
Mr. Wilkinson is also cross-endorsed by the Conservative and Independence parties.