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May 20, 2009 1:24 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

GOP passes over Kabot; nominates Conservative Party chair

May 20, 2009 1:24 PM

“Unfortunately, Mr. Stinchi prefers Town Hall to be run in a dictatorial-type manner,” she went on to say. “I have revealed the disturbing facts on the true financial condition of the town, the accounting blunders and shell games that went on under the prior supervisor’s watch.” She also said she was coming under fire from the party because “I presented a strategic plan to address this situation with tighter controls, which puts an end to political budgeting solely designed to engineer elections.”

The supervisor went on to say that everyone on the Town Board during the prior administration, including herself, deserved to shoulder the blame for the town’s financial troubles.

“I’m to blame, Chris Nuzzi is to blame, Nancy Graboski is to blame,” Ms. Kabot said. “And so are Democrats—including [former Town Board members] Dennis Suskind, Steve Kenny and Carolyn Zenk—and the professional auditors who let this slip right under their radar.”

On Tuesday, Mr. Malone said that Ms. Kabot, though the sitting supervisor, is now the challenger, and that the convention results clearly indicated the party’s desire for a new direction.

During his opening remarks to the committee Monday night, Mr. Malone looked past any primary battle with the supervisor and took a shot at Town Councilwoman Anna Throne-Holst, the likely Democratic rival to the GOP primary victor, though she hasn’t formally announced a run.

“The idea of having a blank for supervisor scares me,” Mr. Malone said, referring to Ms. Throne-Holst not being registered with any political party.

Ms. Kabot said that, in her view, it was a mistake for the Republican leadership to fracture the party as it did in 2007, when she and Ms. Graboski challenged the endorsed GOP candidates and won, creating a rift among supporters of the two camps. Unity provides the best chances for a GOP victory in November, she argued.

“Republicans must stand united in this election,” Ms. Kabot warned. “Because, rest assured, the opposition on the [Democratic] line will not be split.”

Mr. Malone said Tuesday that political parties were basically means to expressing ideas and that it was time to move away from party labels. “I want to govern across the board and be the supervisor for everyone,” he said.

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Run Linda, Run!!!
By North of Highway (280), Westhampton Beach on May 19, 09 9:29 AM
This guy has no chance.
By Mr Suffolk (113), Twin Forks on May 19, 09 12:22 PM
Leave it to your teenage son to say "lets open a can of whoop-ass," not our supervisor. Show some tact.
By oceanview (15), hampton bays on May 19, 09 12:30 PM
Good bye to both Linda and the Republicans in 2009
By westhamptonboy (227), Westhampton on May 19, 09 1:56 PM
I'll still vote for Linda and Anna !
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on May 19, 09 2:02 PM
Well, Matt, you do realize, that if Linda wins she will be running against Anna?
By Terry (380), Southampton on May 19, 09 2:06 PM
Huh ? Well if that happens I'll have to vote for Anna.
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on May 19, 09 2:18 PM
Just what Southampton needs - a conservative wall street vet who runs on "traditional republican values" As a democrat I could not be happier.

By the way, "open up a can of whoop-ass"? Linda, that speaks volumes about you. Good bye and good riddance.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on May 19, 09 7:59 PM
she still has plenty of time to issue rules against dogs, cats, goldfish and cockatoos inside Town Hall.... and to find those missing millions from the town's bank account!
By littleplains (305), olde england on May 19, 09 8:06 PM
Why is the Southampton republican party so bent on self destruction?What could be simpler than nominating an incumbent to run for office.Marcus Stinchi you should be replaced by a real elected leader like Linda

By native son (9), Cutchogue on May 19, 09 10:53 PM
Hey Linda, stop stinkin' up the place and face reality.
By landarchi (33), Southampton on May 19, 09 11:27 PM
How ironic, Malone, who manages to obtain a nice gig as deputy county clerk, a no show, patronage job if there ever was one, is running on a platform of smaller government.
By CommonSense (71), Southampton on May 20, 09 12:26 PM
Common Sense, (who doesn't have any)
The position is a 40 hour a week job, and I know Mr. Malone burns the midnight oil quite frequently. I am sure if you reach out to him, he willl be happy to inform you as to all of his duties and let you see the number of hours he puts in on a weekly basis.
Please put your brain in gear before you spread completly unfounded BS on a forum.
By Terry (380), Southampton on May 20, 09 1:55 PM
The Republicans and Mr. Stinchi are wise in looking elsewhere. Linda is good at never taking responsibility ... she's always blaming someone else. Whatever happened to the "buck stops here?"

As a Councilwoman and now Supervisor a little "rolling up of the sleeves" when the multimillion dollar fiscal mess was uncovered would have shown leadership on her part. Instead she spends all her time blaming Skip Heaney and the last administration. Way to go, Linda ... you really think the beleaguerd ...more
By JimmyKBond (156), Hampton Bays on May 20, 09 5:40 PM
The republicans are just getting revenge because she ran a primary two years ago and kicked heaney's butt, the GOP's good ole boy who cooked the books in town.
By ridiculous (214), hampton bays on May 20, 09 10:30 PM
Terry, thank you for your comment, I stand corrected on Mr. Malone and apologize to him. I believe that the Town needs important issues addressed, and that is only accomplished when dealing with facts not B.S. Mea culpa.......
By CommonSense (71), Southampton on May 21, 09 10:37 AM
The Republicans are not "getting revenge" by going for Malone over Kabot. They are being very practical, beliving Malone will restore fiscal conservative principles to town management where Supervisor Kabot (most Republicans hold a disdain for Heaney, Kabot and an incompetent previous Board's failure to protect taxpayer dollars) has little knowledge of finances and no particular training in budgets. The GOP wants to fix the mess of town finances made by the past Town Boards -- including the current ...more
By JimmyKBond (156), Hampton Bays on May 21, 09 4:25 PM
It was "stand up" for you to post that. I am sure, Jim being the gentlemen that he is will gladly accept the apology, and consider it water under the bridge. Have a great Memorial Day weekend.
By Terry (380), Southampton on May 21, 09 6:16 PM
At first, I thought Jim Malone was merely lame, when I read that the only criticism he could level at Anna Throne-Holst was her lack of party affiliation. Then, I learned that he's also inconsistent, saying that it's time to move away from party labels and "be supervisor for everyone." Give me a break.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on May 21, 09 9:57 PM
Good-Bye Linda---good luck to your new career as an lawyer...as for Anna and the people that continue to vote party lines...you still insist on not useing your brains! I know now to look at pictures in papers and see who the "friends"are that are backing the future candidates...I know now that what is said is not always the truth...I will be voteing on past character and associates and business deals that were made with the potential candidates.
I hope all that vote are able to do the same ...more
By UNITED states CITIZEN (207), SOUTHAMPTON on May 22, 09 9:45 AM
I agree native son. I moved here permanently more than 15 yrs ago from Washington DC & NYC where Republicans are the minority. National Republicans view this local party is a disgraceful joke! They don't see it following Republican Party lines, they think the local party is filled with escapees from mental institutions, and they don't want to be bothered with the childish games played by Cmtee members for the last 25+ years (true quotes!). Shame on you all! Your egos are splitting a [formerly] ...more
By npd (1), Southampton on May 22, 09 6:26 PM
you don't think the deputy County Clerk is not a patronage job? of course it is. when was the last time you heard of any announcement that the job was open for competitive application? if you think he is such a hard worker, give him a ring in a couple of weeks, morning noon or afternoon and see if he is there; you will be asked to leave yr name & phone #.
Look who is the Suffolk Co Clerk, a political hack with close ties to the conservati party.
will he now register as a Re publican? who ...more
By mo (89), Sag Harbor on May 23, 09 1:00 AM
INS...It was Throne-Holst who persisted in uncovering the financial problems of the town. The current supervisor stonewalled her for months. Had it not been for A-T-H the people would still be in the dark. Why the heck didn’t Nuzzi, Grabowski or Kabot for that matter press the financial issues years ago? Because they would never cross their own party member…you know the party that is running the town. A-T-H is experienced, well educated and is not party affiliated…she is a “blank”. This town needs ...more
By SHNative (554), Southampton on May 24, 09 4:29 PM
If Mr. Malone wins the election for Town Supervisor, does he have to resign his position with the County? Anyone know the answer?
By CommonSense (71), Southampton on May 26, 09 10:09 AM