Newsday Editors Write: Altschuler, who holds an MBA and lives in St. James, makes a compelling case for his candidacy this time out. As co-founder of OfficeTiger, a Manhattan-based business support company, in addition to his founding role at CloudBlue, he’s proven himself as an entrepreneur with extraordinary business acumen, someone who could help Long Island’s private sector create jobs.
If elected, Altschuler would likely be a member of the majority in the House of Representatives, which would give him a substantial advantage as he works to carry out his agenda. Meanwhile, he has carefully played down any tea party ties in this year’s campaign, a move that instantly nudges him closer to the district mainstream and one we hope is genuine.
Another promising sign: Although Altschuler signed Grover Norquist‘s Taxpayer Protection Pledge two years ago, basically opposing any and all tax increases, this year he did not — a welcome indication that he understands a legislator must compromise. And Altschuler says he will start a new GOP caucus to end the bitter partisanship that has paralyzed the House. He will be held to that promise.
The political and philosophical gulf between Altschuler and Bishop remains profound. While Bishop insists that government can be a force for good, his challenger says government too often overreaches. The country is living beyond its means now, Altschuler says, and if you give the government more money, its expenses will just mushroom accordingly.