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Sep 23, 2011 12:48 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town GOP Picks Wright As New Leader

Sep 28, 2011 11:00 AM

With Election Day about a month and a half away, the Southampton Town Republican Committee last Thursday, September 22, unanimously selected East Quogue resident William Wright to serve as the group’s new chairman.

In what was described as a “smooth transition,” Mr. Wright, 32, replaced former chairman Ernest Wruck, who served as the local party’s leader for the past two years, according to a statement released by Mr. Wright on Friday. Mr. Wruck stated in the release that he needed to spend more time tending to his law practice, Wruck & Wallace LLP, of Patchogue.

“I have had the privilege to serve this organization and community for two years as leader and am confident that we will be victorious at the polls in November,” Mr. Wruck said. “I have the utmost confidence in our candidates’ ability to continue to speak to the important issues affecting our residents and taking the right approach to governance when elected.”

At the party’s annual reorganizational meeting last Thursday, Mr. Wright also named his executive committee. Former Southampton Town Attorney David J. Gilmartin Jr. will serve as the committee’s new vice chairman, Town Tax Receiver Theresa Kiernan will serve as secretary, and Brian C. Doyle is the committee’s treasurer.

“I thank the Republican Committee for their support and I feel fortunate to be a part of an organization with such strong and well-credentialed candidates like Town Board running mates Christine Preston Scalera and William Hughes,” Mr. Wright said. “Both are outstanding individuals who complement our team comprised of Judge Edward Burke, Tax Receiver Terri Kiernan, Trustee candidates Scott Horowitz, Ed Warner and Jon Semlear, and our candidate for county legislator, Cornelius Kelly. I look forward to our message of less spending, lower taxes and government reform resonating at the polls in November and believe that the future remains bright for the Southampton Town Republican Party.”

Mr. Wright and Mr. Gilmartin said this week that one of the goals the new leadership is hoping to achieve is to attract a younger membership.

“We’re looking to encourage and recruit younger people to the party,” Mr. Gilmartin said. “We believe the community needs some infusion of youth”

Upcoming Campaign Events

• The Southampton Town Republican Committee will host an opportunity to meet and greet the town GOP candidates at the Southampton Publick House on Wednesday, October 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

• The Southampton Democratic Club will host a breakfast meeting this Saturday, October 1, at 10 a.m. at Seasons of Southampton. Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst and Town Councilwoman Bridget Fleming will make a presentation at the meeting titled “Intelligent Design—Making Government More Efficient and Effective.” For more information, call 237-4821, or send an e-mail to brolin@optonline.net. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for youth.

• Democratic Town Board candidate Brad Bender will host a Frank Sinatra-themed fundraising event, called “An Evening with the Rat Pack,” on Saturday, October 1, at 230 Elm on Elm Street in Southampton Village at 7 p.m. He will be joined by his running mates, Ms. Throne-Holst and Ms. Fleming, in a “retro-setting reminiscent of the high-life days of Frank, Dino and Sammy in Las Vegas,” according to a press release. There will be a cash bar, light fare, dessert and coffee. Tickets in advance are $100, and $125 at the door.

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Ha! What a joke! The committee was never informed beforehand. The self-appointed GOP leadership made the decision, just as it refused to let Linda Kabot even ask to be their write in candidate at the meeting. Such infighting is going on that the leadership no longer cares if it shoots its own. Notice that Trustee President Eric Shultz and Secretary Fred Havemeyer weren't mentioned by the new leader as being on the GOP team? Why? They were endorsed by the full committee and are on the GOP line on ...more
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Sep 23, 11 1:29 PM
What a joke says it all. These clowns have no idea what they are doing.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Sep 23, 11 1:38 PM
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GOP has new puppets, Bill Wright and his executive team . The leadership is pulling the strings. Laughable.
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Sep 24, 11 9:08 PM
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The GOP picked a national leader as well last night
Congratulations Mr. Cain... you are a good man. A person with documented leadership and common sense. We need common sense in the party
The liberals will be unable to understand that you were chosen for the content of your character.

By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Sep 25, 11 1:18 AM
I guess that depends on your point of view. I can see why someone like you would not want the free stuff you have been getting to end.
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Sep 26, 11 12:59 PM
What is it about Bill's photo here, and the whole story that screams out for the caption, "WHAT, ME WORRY?"
By fidelis (199), westhampton beach on Oct 7, 11 2:07 PM
Good luck to you, Bill. It's a hard job on either side of the fence.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Oct 8, 11 10:10 AM
Never mind his other problems, Bill Wright has to deal with Countess Marietta. Good luck is right.
By clam pie (161), Westhampton on Oct 12, 11 12:23 PM