2:24 pm Oct. 23, 2012
"I am proud to endorse Tim Bishop for Reelection to the House of Representatives," Cuomo said in a statement sent out by Bishop's campaign.
"Tim is a true advocate for Eastern Long Island and all New Yorkers. From fighting for clean air and clean water to fighting to keep jobs in our state at Brookhaven National Laboratory and Gabreski Airport, Tim has shown time and again that he has what it takes to represent our interests in Congress.
"In short, Tim delivers for us and for Eastern Long Island and that's why it is so important to send him back to Congress."
The endorsement comes on the same day the New York Times profiled the race, which features a re-match of the campaign in 2010, when it was the last House contest to be decided. (Bishop's Republican challenger, Randy Altschuler, had already attended the orientation for new members.)
It also comes shortly after the Times' editorial board declined to include Bishop in its endorsement of five other New York Democrats.
Cuomo has promised in recent days to become more politically active during the closing stretch of this fall's campaign, hinting that he'll be endorsing, and possibly campaigning, for preferred candidates across the state.
The governor has shown a willingness to back Republicans at the state level, but might be more inclined to support Democrats in the House.
Cuomo angered national Democrats when he failed to include congressional re-districting in the bargain for gerrymandered state lines, but he looks to be making up for some of that with some increased involvement before Election Day.
Tonight he will attend a fund-raiser to benefit House Democrats at the home of Charles Myers, an invitation that came at the urging of Nancy Pelosi. The former House speaker was reportedly involved in trying to pressure Cuomo to help with redistricting earlier this year.
UPDATE: Shortly after the Bishop announcement, another incumbent Democrat, Rep. Bill Owens also announced an endorsement from Cuomo. "Congressman Owens has shown a serious commitment to strengthening New York's economy and is working hard every day to help create jobs in the state," said Cuomo in the statement. "We need a champion in Washington who will fight for working families and good paying jobs, and that's why I'm standing with Bill in this election."
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