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.
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
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
Mr. Schneiderman said he may endorse an individual candidate at a later date.
Republicans did not choose a candidate at their convention in May,
opting instead to wait for the results of a September primary.