George Demos is running for Congress in CD-1 on Eastern Long Island where he doesn’t live, work or spend any time. His connection to Long Island is that he spent summer vacations on Shelter Island as a child. His journey from living on the tony Upper East Side of Manhattan to a one bedroom rental in middle class Ronkonkoma is the quintessential “American Story” or at least he’d have us believe it is.
The New York Times exposed his faux average-Joe routine in an article posted today titled, “How Not to Seem Rich While Running for Office”.
Demos has not worked since 2010. He doesn’t need to. He’s rich and he married richer. He has married into a rich, far-left Democrat family. In fact, his father-in-law is a business partner with Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul. Can’t get much further left than Nancy Pelosi unless you’re a communist.
George Demos is using funds from far-left California Democrats to win a race as a conservative Republican in New York. The Washington Free Beacon exposed the source of his campaign donations in February of this year.
Check out the numbers according to SouthShorePress:
- 100 of his 250 donations are from California
- $150,000 of the $200,000 raised is from California
- $4,000 of the total amount of funding for his campaign is from the First Congressional District of New York
The Times article pointed out that George Demos’ campaign website plays up his immigrant grandfathers’ stories, which really are the “American Story” but the problem is that it’s not his story as he would have us believe:
George Demos, for instance, is particularly proud of his Greek immigrant grandfathers: His mother’s father opened a candy shop in Manhattan that specialized in making molded chocolate rabbits. They eventually expanded into molded chocolate turkeys. It is a sweet story. But Demos, a Republican candidate for Congress from Suffolk County, is especially enamored of his other grandfather, the one featured in the first paragraph of his official campaign bio, whom he barely knew. (Demos was in first grade when he died.) This grandfather, after all, moved long ago from Greece and took a job washing dishes at a diner in New Britain, Conn. Inevitably, Demos’s grandfather wound up owning the diner. (They always end up owning the diner, don’t they?) “That’s George’s family’s story,” Demos’s campaign bio says. “It’s the American story.”
Demos’ story isn’t the “American Story,” it’s the “Upper East Side Story”:
Demos, on the other hand, grew up on the Upper East Side, summered at his family’s vacation home on Shelter Island, wrote to Rush Limbaugh while attending the Trinity School and was elected president of the College Republicans at Columbia. (“No, we did not meet in a phone booth,” he says.) He then followed his father, a prominent attorney, into the legal profession, took a job at the Securities and Exchange Commission and eventually ran for Congress in 2010 as a firebrand conservative in Suffolk County. He drew the support of the Tea Party and the scorn of the local Republican establishment. A spokesman for the state party was recently forced to apologize after calling Demos “the genital herpes of Long Island politics.”
The Times doesn’t have that exactly right. It wasn’t Tea Party against Republican. It was George Demos – election-after-election – playing the role of spoiler. He hasn’t had the support of the Tea Party or the Republicans for a long time.
He is trying to buy the election by spending hundreds of thousands of dollars a week on TV and radio ads demonizing his opponent in the primary – Lee Zeldin. That’s his entire campaign – lie about Lee Zeldin and claim Zeldin voted for ObamaCare when he didn’t.
Demos is a carpetbagger who attacked his opponents in the last two races – in part – for being carpetbaggers!
Demos, who hasn’t held a job since 2010 and who has only worked for big government – while claiming he is opposed to big government – has gotten richer according to the Times:
In 2012, Demos further contributed to his narrative disability: He became even richer. Worse, he did it by marrying the daughter of a megawealthy developer from California, one who has given huge amounts over the years to the Democratic Party. After the wedding, the couple’s bank accounts jumped to between $2 million and $10 million, according to public filings.
As the Times says, Demos is “standing on the shoulder of others”:
Demos has lent his campaign $2 million and could give a few million more before the Republican primary in June, which will determine the opponent for the incumbent Democrat, Tim Bishop. Demos says that he has no qualms about spending his “resources” and that he is “absolutely committed to doing what it takes to win.” He might be a rich-to-riches story, but he is sticking to his narrative: He’s just standing on the shoulders of others. “My parents worked very hard and were fortunate enough to give me a wonderful upbringing,” Demos told me.
Demos claims he, his wife and baby live in a one bedroom apartment on Long Island. Don’t all multimillionaires? He is never seen and won’t debate Lee Zeldin. His entire campaign is a lie and all we know about him is from his ads which only say he’d never vote for ObamaCare.
There are his meaningless teleconferences and you can read about those and his endorsements on this link.
We also know that he ratted out a whistleblower and resigned from the SEC shortly after it became known. It’s a terrible story and you can read more about that on this link. His career at the SEC ended in 3 SEC Inspectors General calling for discipline to be imposed for his blatant ethics violations.
The bottom line is George Demos has never contributed to Long Island and isn’t contributing now, despite the fact that he is a candidate for office representing Long Island.
He is hoping to lie and buy his way into a congressional seat.
George Demos, running a “lie and buy” campaign
He’s also, as the Times points out, trying to woo his way into the hearts and minds of Long Islanders on the back of his immigrant grandfathers’ hard-earned successes.
Rich people who pretend to not be are very annoying, especially to those who don’t even have the proverbial pot and would prefer a little sincerity.