Third-party lines complicating GOP efforts in N.Y.

Republican efforts to take down Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) could be hitting a snag.

Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman is reportedly looking to seek the Independence Party line -- and not a major-party line -- for the race.

Because of New York's balloting rules, a candidacy like Schneiderman's could steal serious votes from Republicans. Those seeking evidence should look no further than Doug Hoffman's effort in November's upstate special election while running on the Conservative line.

Schneiderman is a former Republican who defected to the Independence Party last year and won reelection without opposition.

"My intention is not to seek a major party backing,” he told Newsday. "l'm floating the idea to see the kind of response I get from voters. This is a race an Independent can win. You could see the first member of the Independence Party in Congress."

Businessman Randy Altschuler, attorney George Demos and Chris Cox, the grandson of former President Richard Nixon, are all seeking the GOP nomination to face Bishop.