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Aug 21, 2013 12:04 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Kabot Challenge Bounces Conservative Party Candidate From Primary Ballot

Aug 21, 2013 12:15 PM

The Suffolk County Board of Elections has thrown out the nominating petition of Conservative Party town supervisor candidate Howard Heckman III, clearing the way for a write-in candidate to capture the party line for the fall ballot.

Because Mr. Heckman’s petition was tossed out for not having enough valid signatures, following a challenge by Republican supervisor candidate Linda Kabot, there will be no Conservative Party supervisor candidate on the ballot during the September 10 primary election.

But because Ms. Kabot has filed an opportunity-to-ballot petition, registered Conservative Party members can still write in a candidate’s name. The name with the most write-in votes on primary day will be placed on the party line on the November general election ballot.

According to Southampton Town Councilman Jim Malone, the Conservative Party’s town leader in Southampton, the party’s executive committee is considering backing a write-in candidate and mounting a get-out-the-vote effort to counter Ms. Kabot’s own turnout drive. Mr. Malone said the party is disappointed in the Board of Election’s decision to toss Mr. Heckman’s petition and worries the decision may set a precedent that leads to future petition warfare, especially in small municipalities.

Ms. Kabot had challenged Mr. Heckman’s petition on the basis that several of the signatures on it were invalid because the people, including Mr. Heckman and his wife, had already previously signed her own Conservative Party nominating petition. Ms. Kabot’s petition was ruled valid by the Board of Elections, but Conservative Party Chairman Ed Walsh and the party’s executive committee refused to authorize it, blocking her from forcing a primary race.

“Linda Kabot and Marietta Seaman collected designating signatures for Kabot and even though those signatures were not authorized, they were used to knock out the Conservative Party’s chosen candidate,” Mr. Malone said this week, noting that Ms. Kabot had help from Ms. Seaman, a longtime Republican Party committee member. “That’s a scary precedent. If somebody wants to knock off their political opponent they can just go get the signatures first. In a small place like Shelter Island ... all you have to do is get there first.”

Mr. Malone was nominated in 2009 to be the Republican Party’s supervisor candidate, even though Ms. Kabot, a Republican, was the incumbent supervisor at the time. The GOP party leadership rejected the committee’s choice and gave the nomination to Ms. Kabot to avoid a primary. Mr. Malone ultimately won election to the Town Council that year instead, and Ms. Kabot lost the supervisor’s chair to current supervisor Anna Throne-Holst.

Ms. Kabot has maintained that Mr. Heckman was a “straw-man candidate” from the start, meaning that he never intended to campaign for the post. She has alleged that his petitions were circulated by Mr. Malone and another Conservative party leader, and that she believes Mr. Heckman had intended to withdraw from the race to allow party leaders to choose a new candidate without having to seek petition signatures supporting that person.

Ms. Kabot said she suspected that some in the party were seeking to place Ms. Throne-Holst, an Independence Party member who has been elected to office three times with Democratic Party endorsements, on the Conservative Party ballot line. Conservative leaders have offered mixed endorsements of Ms. Throne-Holst, who has been seen as fiscally conservative and also pro-police unions, whose members make up a substantial segment of the Conservative Party county-wide.

With the nominating petition for Mr. Heckman thrown out, the Conservative Party will not have an opportunity to replace him on the ballot before the primary on September 10.

Ms. Kabot said this week she does not expect the party leadership to back Ms. Throne-Holst in a write-in bid, noting that Mr. Walsh had told Newsday recently that the supervisor was “too socially liberal” to win support from the Conservative Party. She said she is at a loss as to why the Conservatives have so staunchly opposed her at every turn.

“I don’t want to comment about why the Conservative Party leadership has chosen to besmirch my candidacy,” Ms. Kabot said. “I think my record as a Conservative stands for itself.”

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You know what's really scary? Jim Malone! When he ran for Town Council he said he would step down as the SH Town Conservative leader, he is such a liar.
Thank God he is not running for elected office again, he has done nothing but collect a pay check from the tax payers of SH. Go away Jim, you done in politics!
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Aug 21, 13 8:58 PM
Is he not going up for reelection?
By Bridgehampton (36), East Hampton on Aug 22, 13 10:53 PM
I think Linda Kabot should replace Anna and shake up Town Hall. Can't wait until election.
By Bridgehampton (36), East Hampton on Aug 22, 13 10:55 PM
All the crappy looking roadside signs are popping up all over town. When will these jerks realize they are a waste of money and really annoy a lot of people?
By VOS (1241), WHB on Aug 22, 13 11:47 PM
Linda Kabot is "at a loss" as to why the Conservatives oppose her? No, that's not true. The very same 8/19 Newsday article that Ms. Kabot cites regarding Anna Throne-Holst quotes Conservative Chairman Ed Walsh as saying exactly why his party won't back Kabot:

"Conservatives out there know that she is not fiscally responsible enough to be supervisor and she can't be trusted to do anything but tax and spend . . . .when she was at the helm, she increased taxes and spending."

So ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Aug 24, 13 10:50 AM
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"So much for the laughable claim that Linda Kabot put Southampton on a "sound financial path" when she was supervisor."

There you are again Turkey Bridge with infantile polemics that have absolutely no truth to it. Would you deny the fact that when she became Supervisor, she arrested about 5 consecutive years of huge double digit spending increases of spending increases that literally doubled Town spending (hard as that was to imagine) during that period with absolutely no noticeable improvement ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Aug 26, 13 12:40 PM
Lets be fair there were four board members that were also very ready to tax and spend. How about your friend ATH who is paying back her Daniels la contributers by raiding 1.5 million from the recreation fund for there dredging project.TB you are the most partisan person on this board
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Aug 24, 13 12:46 PM

to Turkey Bridge:

The fairest explanation of Linda Kabot's defeat is that, being a Republican, she succumbed to the general public disgust with her party that the Bush apocalypse generated.

Additionally, her bogus DWI bust certainly curtailed her returns but we will never know how many votes that calumny cost her. Just as we will never know how complicit Anna Throne-Holst's PBA was in arranging the bust, although those facts COULD find the light of day if the ongoing Suffolk ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Aug 24, 13 2:51 PM
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As you know I think cops get paid a little too much. That being said I would say 99% of them have a good degree of integrity, and doubt anyone set up Linda Kabot. If Linda was truly sober she should of taken the sobriety test. If she was clean than she really had a case to go after the cops. This represents a case where an elected official yet again thinks they are above the law. By the way how did the PBA arrange the bust? Did they force alcohol down her throat?
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Aug 26, 13 12:29 PM
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Chief you are so wrong.
Linda was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I think the officer just got lucky stopping her, I don't think they were waiting for her in WH. When the officer started to follow her they knew who they had when they ran the license plate. If you followed the story why the local police hated Linda you would understand why she could not take the sobriety test. Also, can you explain why the president of the then PBA texted Anna at 1 a.m. and then they spoke about the arrest ...more
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Aug 26, 13 7:34 PM
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Come on please the village cops have cameras in there cars. No way are they risking there jobs with a botched sobriety test. If the PBA president really made that call it would be easy to check and along with the text. Was Linda Kabot drinking that night? I rest my case.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Aug 27, 13 8:31 AM
to chief1:

Actually, the cops turned their cameras OFF for a few minutes in the Kabot DWI bust. Nobody knows what they did during those minutes other than that is was something that they didn't want anyone to see.

With no checks on the behavior of cops in the field, anyone who is on their sh*t list would be crazy to take a breathalyzer.

I thought that it had already been established that PBA president Aube texted ATH in the early a.m. hours exulting that they had "got ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Aug 27, 13 1:07 PM
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There should be no tolerance for alcohol when operating a motor vehicle. Has this country becomes so irresponsible that it cant go out in the evening with out having drinks and driving? What's next should we let people driving tractor trailers have a couple sips of alcohol before getting behind the wheel. I have been in accidents with two drunk drivers in my life and both tried to flee the scene.Its a scary experience. I thought you were a school teacher HHS? If you are you should resign immediately ...more
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Aug 27, 13 1:40 PM
to chief1:

Your opinion is noted, you want to prohibit ALL drinking and driving, notwithstanding the fact that having a BAC of .10% or less is no more impairing than not having gotten a good night's sleep. The purpose of the DWI law, however, is to prevent DRUNKS from driving.

I, on the other hand, want people whose coordination and rationality have been so upset by drink (the OLD standard for drunkenness) to be so prevented. That is SUPPOSED to be the purpose of the DWI laws. ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Aug 27, 13 2:20 PM
Chief come on don't be so naive, "risk there jobs"? Why who was checking on these cops, other cops? Didn't you ever hear of the Blue Code of Silence? The video camera could never get that close as to read the test results.
From your statement above you have not followed the story of the arrest or the finding during the trial. It was proven that the PBA president did in FACT text Anna Throne-Holst and also spoke to her at 1 a.m. that morning. The phone records proved it and testimony under oath ...more
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Aug 27, 13 7:02 PM
So let me get this straight Kabot had nothing to drink? You guys are a riot.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Aug 28, 13 10:05 AM
Chief, and do you know for sure Ms. Kabot did drink?
BTW you never responded to the fact that a text and a phone call was made by the PBA to ATH at 1 a.m.
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Aug 28, 13 6:20 PM
Kabot admitted she was drinking at a party in East Moriches.She was seen swerving and rolled through a stop sign that's why she was pulled over. The cops didnt even know who she was when they pulled her over. By the way she had nothing to do with the WHBPD.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Aug 30, 13 7:38 AM
Chief you are really hopeless, stay in your dream world and vote for Anna!
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Aug 30, 13 8:34 PM
Kabot admitted on the police tape she had glasses of wine. Read the transcript and watch the tape. You should get your facts straight.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Aug 31, 13 8:30 AM
That's rich. Turkey Bridge siding with the Conservative Party. Please, where are the barf bags?
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Aug 26, 13 10:21 AM
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The local leader of the Conservative party is a liar what makes anyone think that Eddie Walsh is not a liar as well. If anyone believe's that Ed Walsh was telling the truth in Newsday as to why he would not give Linda Kabot the Conservative line is a idiot.
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Aug 26, 13 7:43 PM
I'll go with three things here:

[1] Ed Walsh's actual words excoriating Linda Kabot, as I quoted above.

[2] Southampton's dramatically improved credit rating under AnnaThrone-Holst.

[3] The $4 million surplus with which ATH has replaced the $5 million deficit inherited from Linda Kabot.

Case closed.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Aug 26, 13 10:57 PM

"[3] The $4 million surplus with which ATH has replaced the $5 million deficit inherited from Linda Kabot."

More prevarications TB, and more simplistic cyberbabble. Ab initio, this statement is wrong, for it strongly implies that the "$5 Million" deficit was originated by Kabot instead of from Heaney's profligate space shuttle spending that produced the gargantuan Town Overhead and crony public works spending that necessarily became structural .

So I again ask you to back ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Aug 27, 13 12:13 AM
Obbservant, you're just not reading English correctly. I wrote of a deficit "inherited from Linda Kabot." That doesn't necessarily mean she was 100% responsible for it, but that's the deficit she handed on to ATH.

You're frustrated because I won't get into the weeds with you, trying to parcel out responsibility between Heaney and Kabot, but that's a fool's game because it's impossible to do with any degree of certainty.

You can blame Skip Heaney all you wish -- and use all ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Aug 27, 13 1:43 PM
and George there is a New York State Comptrollers Audit Report and Town Plan of Action posted on the Town website, both of which show without a doubt that the corrective actions allowing the Town to recover from the Heaney caused deficits were undertaken under Supervisor Linda Kabot.

You can give Ms. Throne-Holst for knowing how to follow someone else's good economic recovery plan, but all of us owe a debt of gratitude to former Councilperson Sally Pope, btw, George, Sally was a good democrat ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Aug 27, 13 3:45 PM
So you're saying that corrective action was undertaken at "the last meeting of the Town Board under the stewardship of Supervisor Linda Kabot" on December 27, 2009. Big Deal. Too little, too late.

The shame is on you, NTiger, and on Obbservant for trying, quite transparently, to make Linda Kabot into some kind of a savior when all she did was, at the very end of her twelve years watching passively while the disaster grew, to realize finally the ship was sinking and sound the alarm. ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Aug 27, 13 8:47 PM

Oh TB, your insipid responses are all low rent, comical stuff that you never could justify. Neal Tiger just destroyed you with that entertaining riposte that ripped any pretense to the truth you had.

I have repeatedly challenged you to deal in facts, not fiction or opinion, but facts, to support your defense of the great fiscal heroine pretender Queen Anna, claims which totally fall apart when confronted with the inconvenient truths that somehow don't fit into her alternate universe ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Aug 27, 13 11:29 PM
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No George what I am saying and what I believe Obbservant is saying is that Supervisor Kabot was the architect of the Town's recovery (and not just at that last meeting George, though so cute of you to throw that out) not Ms. Throne-Holst. No one including a number of Democrats who served on the Town Board realized the abuses that were committed by Mr. Heaney and his Comptroller until Sally Pope raised concerns. Those electeds included both Supervisor Kabot and Councilperson Throne-Holst.

It ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Aug 27, 13 9:58 PM
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