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Jul 29, 2009 2:15 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Kabot: Loss of Conservative Party line a 'betrayal'

Jul 29, 2009 2:15 PM

In a deal involving Republican and Conservative party leaders last week, Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot seemed to get a second wind in her bid for reelection, winning back the Republican nomination after a bitter defeat at the party’s May convention, and scooping up the Conservative nod as well.

But then the deal that appeared to unite the GOP ticket and boost Ms. Kabot’s chances against rival Anna Throne-Holst in the general election fell apart, leaving the GOP fractured and Ms. Kabot regretful that she had agreed to the maneuver in the first place.

Late Friday, the Southampton Town Conservative Party announced that it would not award a nomination to any candidate for supervisor. Instead, the committee will leave that line on the November ballot blank. Ed Walsh, the party’s county chairman, had pledged last week that Ms. Kabot would be the party’s pick.

Now, instead of heading into the general election with both parties behind her, Ms. Kabot’s name will appear only on the GOP line—which may prove to be a disadvantage, as Ms. Throne-Holst, who is unaffiliated with a party, has secured three lines by winning the endorsement of the Democratic, Working Families and Independence parties.

In response to these latest developments, Ms. Kabot said she is reinstating primary challenges against the Republican committee seats held by Marcus Stinchi, the town’s GOP chairman, and Patrick Heaney, former town supervisor—challenges she agreed to back off from in return for the party’s nomination. As part of that deal, according to Ms. Kabot, Jim Malone, the GOP committee’s choice for supervisor and leader of the town’s Conservative Party, dropped his bid for supervisor and opted to run for a seat on the Town Board, presumably giving the supervisor the nominations of both parties.

Angered by what she labeled as a “betrayal,” Ms. Kabot has reignited her efforts to change the Republican Party’s leadership at its reorganization meeting in September.

“There is an absolute need to shake up the Republican leadership in this town,” Ms. Kabot said. “This type of political treachery must stop. Let the people decide who is truly working in the public’s interest and who is really a political operative skilled in deception and manipulation.”

Responding to the town Conservative Party’s decision last week, Mr. Walsh said he thought it would have been better to show a united front, but ultimately the decision was the town committee’s to make.

In a statement issued Friday evening, Ms. Kabot said she now believes it would have been better to run her planned Republican primary against Mr. Malone, rather than experience the “betrayal of trust that occurred over the course of the past few days.”

On July 20, Ms. Kabot announced that she had secured the designation for the Republican and Conservative lines in the November 3 general election. Mr. Malone had agreed to instead accept a position on the two parties’ tickets for one of two Town Board seats. William Wright, who had earned the Republican nomination for one of the two available board seats at the May convention, agreed to decline the nomination to make room for Mr. Malone.

According to Ms. Kabot, Mr. Malone did not tell her about the Conservative Party’s decision on Friday, nor had he returned numerous phone calls and e-mails meant to coordinate with him to file the necessary paperwork with the Suffolk County Board of Elections.

“Trust, honesty and communication are key to ensure teamwork and a united front,” said Ms. Kabot, who will still share the Republican Party ticket with Mr. Malone and Town Councilman Chris Nuzzi, who is seeking reelection.

Mr. Stinchi, responding to the latest controversy in an e-mail Tuesday, dismissed Ms. Kabot’s challenges, and said he serves as GOP chairman “at the pleasure of the entire committee.” He added that he has not decided whether to seek another term as the Republican leader.

“If the committee wants to move in a different direction, that is their choice and I would respect that,” he said. However, Mr. Stinchi noted that “the last time Supervisor Kabot sought to influence the outcome of the committee vote, she lost by 70 percent.”

Mr. Malone would not comment on the supervisor’s assertions and said he was focusing on the campaign. “Ronald Reagan, my political hero, had an 11th commandment, and that was ‘Thou shall not speak ill of a fellow Republican,’” he said.

“There are plenty areas where I agree with Linda and other areas where I disagree,” Mr. Malone said. “And that goes for Anna Throne-Holst as well.”

Mr. Malone said that his decision to bow out of the supervisor’s race and vie instead for a Town Board seat had nothing to do with Ms. Kabot or any back-room deals. “There’s only 100 days left to the general election, and we need to focus on the issues facing this town,” he said, adding that he didn’t want to get tangled up in a messy primary or a potential court battle if he challenged the validity of Ms. Kabot’s signatures on a petition to force a primary.

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The conservative party is a bunch of out of touch neocons. I don't like Linda, but she's better off without them.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Jul 24, 09 6:45 PM
Ok so what else is new all these town/county leaders are all pieces of garbage. Malone is a party leader the voters would be crazy to vote for him. He is part of this good ole boy network cutting deals and hand picked by Skip Heaney. Malone and Skip are close friends ever since the 2007 primary. A vote for him is a vote for Heaney.

According to the press he had the Town Council seat locked in, with all the papers filed, sealed and delivered on Monday. Then he reneges on the deal he ...more
Sep 24, 09 8:23 PM appended by MrRight
Ok so what else is new all these town/county leaders are all pieces of garbage.
By MrRight (22), bridgehampton on Jul 24, 09 8:23 PM
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Mr. Right what direct basis do you make the claim that Jim Malone made a deal? If you have some basis directly, put up - if you have none, the next moveif is apologize and zip it up. He needed nothing from Ms. Kabot to become the Town Board nominee, absolutely nothing. Ms. Kabot was the only one to gain from following thru, and the question is, did she? Seems like your answer is no.
By DJII13 (155), Hampton Bays on Jul 24, 09 9:00 PM
by the way - brilliant headline writing by the Press showing their bias. You cannot take something away that was never given in the first place.
By DJII13 (155), Hampton Bays on Jul 24, 09 9:15 PM
You good ole boys are amazing, you know Malone can’t get close to winning the primary so you (Stinchi, Heaney, Malone etc) dream up this scam to make a deal with Kabot. She goes along and then the deal is off. Do you think the voters can’t see through your crap?
It’s too bad she believed all your BS. She should have ran the primary and Malone would have been out of the picture earlier. BTW who the hell is Malone anyway? I never heard of the guy before his name appeared in the paper a couple ...more
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Jul 24, 09 9:47 PM
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By MrRight (22), bridgehampton on Jul 24, 09 10:11 PM
Dont be too quick to count Linda out!!!
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Jul 24, 09 10:19 PM
Mr. Right it is telling how quickly your decorum has sunk, generally a reflection of overall intelligence.
Golf Buddy, think it thru - what deal? What did Ms. Kabot have to give. The answer is simple, nothing.
By DJII13 (155), Hampton Bays on Jul 25, 09 12:51 AM

DJII13- Is this an argument of intelligence? Or are you going to define exactly why I am wrong. Like most poor politicians, you skirt around the issue. If I am so wrong, what are you trying to prove by telling me I am not polite? 631 politics outlines the deal very clearly, check it out..........
By MrRight (22), bridgehampton on Jul 25, 09 1:13 AM
Neither Linda or Malone will survive this mess. Let them sink in the same boat.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Jul 25, 09 6:20 AM
MrRight it is you who has made the questionable claim and I asked you to back it up with direct knowledge.
"Then he reneges on the deal he made with Kabot."
What direct proof do you have of a deal other than the self reported claims of the current supervisor and what was the "deal"?
That post on 631 Politics is not going dissuade anyone that the wheels are coming off that little engine that could.
By DJII13 (155), Hampton Bays on Jul 25, 09 7:00 AM
Keep pressing onward Linda!!!!
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Jul 25, 09 8:22 AM
Linda you have my vote.

Don't let these good ole boys get away with this kind of nonsense.
What garbage we have living in our community. they are a disgrace.
By MrRight (22), bridgehampton on Jul 25, 09 9:18 AM
Malone and Nuzzi both of who were involved in this deal making better forget about working on any campaign literature and advance to writing a concession speech.

When this nonsense hits the paper of party bosses making
back room deals those involved will be history.

The voters want honest people representing them, not self serving
Liars who take orders from party bosses.

Vote for Linda Kabot she’s is our only hope of saving our town.
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Jul 25, 09 10:58 AM
As I suspected neither GoldBuddy or MrRight are willing or able to back up their baseless politically driven accusations with any presentation of facts and are just digging in deeper with harsher rhetoric. Revealing -
By DJII13 (155), Hampton Bays on Jul 25, 09 12:37 PM
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You guys just don't get it. I'm not wasting my time.
The voters will be the one's to decide that Malone as a party leader should not be voted in as a town board member.
Sep 24, 09 1:43 PM appended by MrRight
You guys just don't get it.
By MrRight (22), bridgehampton on Jul 25, 09 1:43 PM
misrepresentation of her abilities was a betrayal
By tmarie (30), Southampton on Jul 25, 09 3:57 PM

DJII13 Where I come from a deal is a deal. If you want to believe they had no deal, fine who cares what you think. Write a letter to the press and complain about the facts.
I’m voting for Kabot. Screw those party bosses.
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Jul 25, 09 6:37 PM
A vote for Kabot is a vote for the status quo. She has proven herself and incompetent leader, a terrible communicator, and a liar.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Jul 26, 09 11:27 AM
I voted for Taxbot - and feel her entire administration (or lack there of) is a betrayal.

ATH is no prize, but I will give her 2 years to fix this mess. I'll take solar pool heaters over a 10% (minimum) tax hike any day of the week.

By G (342), Southampton on Jul 26, 09 3:48 PM
peoplefirst Why do you say Kabot has proven herself an incompetent leader, a terrible communicator, and a liar?

G Why do you say Kabot's administrator is a betrayal. My taxes went up $100 that's not bad in this economy. If we get a democrat in town hall the laws will changes drastically building green, solar everything. If you are a pool owner check out how much those horrible looking panels cost. Not for nothing but what has ATH done in 18 months.
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Jul 26, 09 5:16 PM
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Well, I'll tell you it has been very interesting reading all the articles and comments about the up-coming race. Marcus, should have been a true leader and continued to support Republicians from with in his party or he should have gotten out as the leader, because he has not been a leader, more like a bag man for the old supervisor who is still sitting in the room, but not at the table. Why is it that Skip has spent so many years waiting to get to the table? And when he gets the job to run the ...more
By trurepublician (53), hampton bays on Jul 26, 09 6:40 PM
Golfbuddy, what in god's name is wrong with building green? Or mandating solar? We'd hate to have saving the planet for our children inconvenience you in any way. God forbid you should have to look at those "ugly" solar panels! Not nearly as nice as those gorgeous power lines. Clearly you support Linda Kabot because she will maintain the status quo. I am voting for positive change.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Jul 26, 09 6:50 PM
Hey truerepublican, how often did Kabot vote with Heaney? She should not be held accountable for anything that happened WHILE she served as a trustee? Republican values were roundly rejected by a majority of Americans in the national elections. It is about time the people of Southampton voted for something other than lowering their property taxes.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Jul 26, 09 6:54 PM
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Thanks for your comment, I don't have a pool. Clearly you will support Anna in this years election. The things that scare me for the future of my children and grandchildren are: The trillions of dollars in debt our country now has. The Health Care Plan that’s being proposed (end of live decision's is part of the bill). This is the change we now have due to the election of 2008.
BTW You never did answer my other question.
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Jul 26, 09 9:45 PM
Anyone wishing to support Linda may attend her fundraiser at the end of the summer at Oaklands Restaurant. Call the Town or the Restaurant for further details.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Jul 27, 09 7:57 AM
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By SamIAm (36), hampton bays on Jul 27, 09 10:34 AM
golfbuddy, what does this local election have to do with national debt or health care (which we desperately need in this country)? Town board officials don't get to vote with the senate. As to your question, the record regarding town budget speaks for itself.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Jul 27, 09 11:18 AM
Nuzzi is his own man, a "quality of life" advocate and votes his conscience. Do not put him in that other "crowd".
Linda is a "tough lady", and has the "crust" to give these "small fry" high school, politico's a lesson in humility. She should appeal directly to the people", be their spokesperson. Campaign on every street corner, a genuine "people's candidate, a populist. Get out the first time voter, an untapped "bundle" in this town Flanders, Riverside, Northampton, Hampton Bays, etc, are ...more
By fazool (22), Southampton on Jul 27, 09 12:13 PM
Being a "tough lady" is all that's necessary, right? Suppose you supported Palin for the same reason.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Jul 27, 09 1:41 PM
Linda Kabot is definitely a candidate for "skeletons in her closet" She is not bringing anything up prior to Heaney because she worked for Cannuscio and the records are too old for that era - There were many last miinute changes made at the end of that term which impacted Heaney and finances. Again stop throwing stones and start getting the work done and stop crying over the 5% tax cap - thank goodness it is there!!!!!!!!!! Just start looking at all o9f the additional positions added to the town ...more
By Legal Immigrant (11), Southampton on Jul 27, 09 1:42 PM
So, peoplefirst:

As to your question, the record regarding town budget speaks for itself."

In other words, you haven't the faintest idea of what you've been talking about, only that it's something Republican, and therefore BAD.

Do you actually think you are bringing anything enlightening to what is supposed to a dialogue?

For those you would like to take notice, this has been a very illuminating election cycle so far -- look closely and residents may note that ...more
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Jul 27, 09 3:06 PM
Frank Wheeler, You're exactly right! Republican = bad. Thanks so much for making that so much easier for everyone to understand.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Jul 27, 09 6:19 PM
To Mr. Wheeler, You asked another poster if they had anything enlightening to bring to the discussion, but a quick look through your past blog postings shows you to be someone more interested in slinging insults and name calling than having a serious discussion: Perhaps a more positive approach would be a better way to make your point.
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Jul 27, 09 6:27 PM
To "peoplefirst"
All I can say to your last comment is ......WOW
Yea, Repubs are all "bad" people and we should all go to hell right??
Its people like YOU who give the FREEDOM of political parties a bad name.
What an unbelievable, ignoramous comment. WOW
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Jul 27, 09 7:39 PM
What goes around comes around.... Those who make back room deals should not be surprised when their careers are back roomed out of existence...

Sorry Linda, guess you pissed off enough people to hurt your chances...
By xatiannorthsea (16), southampton on Jul 28, 09 12:24 AM
Sam, I did not say you should all go to you know where, but as long as you mention it . . .
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Jul 28, 09 12:34 AM
And... Sam and peoplefirst: those who go back and forth about dems and reps being both bad, really does not show anything more than the fact that both of you are poo slinging monkeys with no original opinions of your own. You guys are like fleas, you do nothing to add to the intellectual or real ramifications about anything of consequence...
By xatiannorthsea (16), southampton on Jul 28, 09 12:40 AM
I did not sling the poo. I merely commented on the poo-slinging. I am a Repub and I have no problem with dems. I truly believe we NEED both parties. Peoplefirst made an ignoramous comment. PERIOD
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Jul 28, 09 7:20 AM
Anyway, in this particular case I believe Linda (not necessarily Republicans) IS the right person for the job. I will be one of the many casting my vote for her. If she loses, I can live with that too.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Jul 28, 09 7:23 AM
Linda, remember when Skip only had the Conservative line when you beat him?
This is pay back.
By Bob Whyte (48), Hampton Bays on Jul 28, 09 9:05 AM
xatiannorthsea, you accuse people of poo slinging and the sling some of your own! HAH! Unlike us, your posting does so much to "add to the intellectual or real ramifications, blah blah, blah . . ." HAH! And to Sam, HAH!
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Jul 28, 09 10:50 AM
Good for the TOWN Conservative Party, a party of integrity, They aren't going to give into Linda and her cronies as they attempt to blackmail and bully their way into office.
By oceanview (15), hampton bays on Jul 28, 09 12:31 PM
Please explain what your talking about? Malone candidate for SH town council is a conservative party leader. He made a deal with the Republican bosses to not run a primary and instead run for town council.
Did anyone bully and blackmail anyone?
Integrity, what integrity does the conservative party have?
Who are Linda's cronies?
Some of those who blog here get it. The rest are spewing nonsense our of their mouth and have no idea what's going on.
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Jul 28, 09 2:22 PM
You actually think Malone backed out of the primary on his own??? Stinchi gave into Linda in fear of himself, his mother and Heaney losing their seats on the GOP committee to Linda and her cronies. Ed Walsh (County Conservative leader) promised Linda the nomination not the Town Party. The SH Conservative Party had enough common sense not to nominate someone that their party members did not sign petitions for or would ever vote for. Linda does not run a government in accord to the political philosophy ...more
By oceanview (15), hampton bays on Jul 28, 09 11:04 PM
Oceanview Yes Malone backed out on his own, it was the better deal for him.
The deal was never over the committee seats, the GOP committee has 75-85 seats the 5 would NOT have made the difference. In a newsday article from 7/22 it states that all parties met at the Board of Elections, Stinchi, Malone, and Kabot, Malone, an attorney, even notarized Kabot's papers. The deal was made then, that Kabot would receive the republican line and the conservative line. They would meet on Thursday to file ...more
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Jul 29, 09 8:25 AM
In regards to golfbuddy's comment on Malone "it was the better deal for him." Please clarify this statement ? How could this have possibly been a better deal for him, considering Malone;
1. Received the endorsement from the Town GOP in the first place.
2. Drew a greater number of signatures on the petitions.
3. Is more of a conservative than Kabot could ever pretend to be.

Sounds to me like Malone was on a hot streak with alot of momentum behind him and everything was fine until ...more
By Lloyd Braun (3), Southampton on Jul 29, 09 2:38 PM
The deal was Linda would get the GOP nod and as a result would not continue to mount a race for seats held by Stinchi, his mother (Pat) and Skip on the GOP committee (that is right out of 27east). Unless you are Jim Malone, which I am quite certain you are not, don’t say that it was a better deal for him. Malone also received more signatures on his GOP petitions than Kabot, so why would he back out.
Malone did not broker the deal with Linda; Ed Walsh told her she could have the nod. Malone ...more
By oceanview (15), hampton bays on Jul 29, 09 2:41 PM
What no one has yet addressed is whether Jim Malone is Skip Heaney's sock-puppet or an independent Conservative.

This whole business is starting to stink!
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Jul 29, 09 5:01 PM
Frank Wheeler is correct this whole thing does stink.

All week Malone could not be reached, now he’s available to make a statement to the press.

Why would Kabot agree to this deal if it did not include the conservative line? She was lied to over the phone and at the Board of Elections.
The conservative Ex. Committee said that did not have a viable candidate for supervisor after Jim stepped aside. I ask you when did the conservative party ever have a candidate? They always ...more
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Jul 29, 09 10:06 PM
Someone's done their homework -- good job, GB/HB.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Jul 30, 09 11:30 AM
Wow- some people write a book as their "comment." Informative, but too lengthy for this section. Sorry, just my opinion.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Jul 30, 09 12:14 PM
By DJII13 (155), Hampton Bays on Jul 30, 09 5:05 PM
Not necessarily. If conveyed a good point, disseminated alot of information, and cited references.

As term papers go, it was quite, shall we say, succinct?.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 4, 09 7:49 PM
But the point it missed is that the day after a Police Officer reaches 20 years of service, his or her emplyment could be terminated on a whim of a politician.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Aug 5, 09 10:45 AM
Funny you used the word "term paper." Should we be writing "term papers" in this "comment" section??
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Aug 6, 09 8:49 AM