GOP Group Boosts House Candidate in New York Primary

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.