George Demos

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George Demos
George Demos.jpg
Candidate for
U.S. House, New York, District 1
Bachelor'sColumbia University
J.D.Fordham Law School
ReligionGreek Orthodox
Campaign website
George Demos campaign logo
George Demos was a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of New York.[1] He was defeated by Lee Zeldin in the primary election on June 24, 2014.[2]

He was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of New York. He withdrew from the race before the primary.[3]



Demos has earned the following academic degrees:[4]

  • B.A. in political science from Columbia University
  • J.D. from Fordham Law School


Demos has served in the following positions:[4]

  • Intern at the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office in Riverhead
  • United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Enforcement Attorney (2002-2009)


Campaign themes


Demos listed the following themes on his campaign website.[5] See Demos' campaign website for his position on other issues.

  • Cutting Wasteful Spending: "The government continues to spend taxpayer money on bloated projects and wasteful new programs. Congress promised the “stimulus” bill would create millions of new jobs, but now all we have are higher taxes, more unemployment, and mountains of debt."
  • Fighting for Jobs: "I am committed to making Long Island the best place to do business. Small businesses on Long Island fuel job creation if they have a strong advocate in Washington that fights big government red tape and champions business friendly policies. We also need to stop policies that favor outsourcing of American jobs to low-wage nations such as China, Brazil, and India."
  • Lowering Taxes: "High taxes are crippling our economy on Long Island, sending thousands of jobs from Long Island to other states and to third world nations. I will vote to lower taxes so that Long Island families- not Washington bureaucrats can make the best decisions about how to spend their hard-earned dollars."
  • Improving Our Economy: "The current policy of increasing government jobs in Washington while losing private sector jobs here on Long Island is unacceptable. I will work to bring common sense fiscal discipline to Washington by lowering taxes on small businesses that create real jobs and grow our economy."
  • Fighting Terrorism and Strengthening National Security: "The most serious Constitutional responsibility our government has is to ensure that our nation is safe and secure. Terrorists and rogue nations have declared war on America. I will do everything in my power to protect our nation from Al Qaeda and other terror groups, and from other hostile regimes such as Iran that threaten our way of life. I will fight to ensure that terrorists are treated not like common street criminals, with Miranda rights and show trials, but as enemy combatants who seek to destroy our great nation."


—George Demos[7]



See also: New York's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

The 1st Congressional District of New York held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Tim Bishop (D) was defeated by Lee Zeldin (R), switching the partisan control of the seat from Democratic to Republican. Bishop ran uncontested in the Democratic, Working Families and Independence Party primaries on June 24, 2014. Zeldin defeated George Demos in the Republican primary, and also ran uncontested for the Conservative Party nomination.

New York's 1st was considered a battleground district in 2014. Bishop had been in office for 10 years, but in 2012 he won re-election by a mere 4.6 percent margin of victory. The 2012 presidential elections leaned Democratic as well, but President Barack Obama won the district by only 0.5 percent. Bishop's seat was viewed as vulnerable by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), and Bishop was a member of their Frontline Program to protect vulnerable incumbents. Zeldin received help from his party as well, as the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) added him to their "On the Radar" list.

U.S. House, New York District 1 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLee Zeldin 61.3% 10,283
George Demos 38.7% 6,482
Total Votes 16,765
Source: New York State Board of Elections - Official Election Results


Demos' endorsements included:

  • Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani
    • Giuliani endorsed George Demos on March 7, 2014.[8][9]
    • In a statement released by the Demos campaign, Giuliani called the candidate “a fiscal conservative who says what he believes and believes what he says.” Giuliani stated, “as a former prosecutor, he knows the good guys from the bad. He will rattle the cages of the establishment. He’ll make a difference. And George would never support Obamacare. His voice will be heard in the halls of Congress, and I predict, throughout America...I am impressed with George, his passion, his intellect, and his integrity. I am proud to endorse his candidacy and prouder still to call him a friend. George Demos is one of us. And it’s time for George Demos for Congress."[9]
  • Former Gov. George Pataki[10]


  • Rudy Guiliani praised Demos in the following campaign ads:[11][12]

Rudy Giuliani endorsement

Rudy Giuliani campaign ad supporting Demos

U.S. Jobs Council ties Demos to Pelosi

American Action Network ad attacking Demos


See also: New York's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Demos ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent New York's 1st District. He sought the nomination on the Republican ticket but withdrew before the primary.

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Demos' reports.[14]

George Demos (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[15]October 3, 2013$0.00$1,000,000.00$(0.00)$1,000,000.00
Year End[16]January 31, 2014$1,000,000.00$1,201,510.00$(149,121.80)$2,052,388.20
April Quarterly[17]April 15, 2014$2,052,388.20$35,245.00$(815,686.22)$1,271,946.98
Running totals

**Included in the total contributions were two personal loans from George Demos: $1 million incurred on November 9, 2013, and $1 million incurred on December 30, 2013.


Demos is the son-in-law of Angelo K. Tsakopoulos. Tsakopoulos is a major Democratic donor and the chairman of AKT Development Corporation, a real estate firm.[18]

Demos and his wife, Chrysa, live in Stony Brook, New York, with their son, Angelo. Demos attends a Greek Orthodox Church.[4]

See also

External links

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  1. Green Papers, "NY District 1," accessed September 30, 2013
  2. Associated Press, "New York - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 24, 2014
  3. Wall Street Journal, "Demos quits GOP primary for congressional seat," May 25, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 George Demos for Congress, "Meet George: A Biography," accessed May 24, 2014
  5. George Demos for U.S. Congress, "Issues," accessed April 7, 2014
  6. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  7. Wayback Machine, "George Demos for Congress - Issues," accessed April 7, 2014
  8. NY State of Politics, "Giuliani Joins Pataki In Backing Demos Over Zeldin (Updated)," accessed March 121, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 LI News Radio, "Mayor Rudy Giuliani Endorses George Demos for Congress," accessed March 11, 2014
  10. Politico, "George Pataki backs Tim Bishop challenger," accessed October 11, 2013
  11. YouTube, "Integrity and Character," accessed April 22, 2014
  12. YouTube, "Demos for Congress TV Ad: 'Seen It All'," accessed May 23, 2014
  13. NY State of Politics, "A Super PAC Slams Demos," accessed April 22, 2014
  14. Federal Election Commission, "George Demos Summary Report," accessed June 26, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "George Demos October Quarterly," accessed April 8, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "George Demos Year End," accessed April 8, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "George Demos April Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
  18. Roll Call, "Wealthy Republican Candidates Seek House," accessed October 29, 2013