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May 3, 2019 4:47 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Court Blocks Linda Kabot's Write-In Campaign For Independence Party Votes For County Legislator

Linda Kabot was chosen by the Suffolk County GOP to run for county legislator. Also pictured is John Kennedy, who will run for County Executive. PRESS FILE
May 8, 2019 10:56 AM

Former Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot’s name will not appear as a write-in candidate on the Independence Party line for Suffolk County legislator in June.

Ms. Kabot, a Republican who is challenging incumbent Democrat Bridget Fleming, was denied the third-party line by a State Supreme Court justice earlier this month. She still will be listed on the Republican and Conservative party lines.

Supreme Court Judge John J. Leo reviewed 22 of Ms. Kabot’s sworn and notarized “opportunity to ballot” petitions to the Independence Party and found 45 of the 172 signatures to be invalid, according to a press release issued by Ms. Fleming’s office.

George Lynch, a member of the Southampton Town Democratic Committee, who originally brought the case to the Supreme Court, referred questions to his attorney, Larry Silverman. When reached on Friday, Mr. Silverman of The Silverman Law Firm in New York City, said that the 45 invalid signatures belonged to individuals who were either unregistered voters or not Independence Party members.

In a prepared statement, Ms. Fleming called Ms. Kabot’s petitions “an attempt to undermine the democratic process.”

“I’m pleased that the court was able to quickly take a close look at them and protect the voters’ right to a fair election by throwing the petitions out,” she said. “I’m proud of my work representing Suffolk’s East End, and I look forward to a campaign that focuses on the issues and not political games.”

Ms. Fleming is running on the Democratic Party line and is cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party for the November 5 general election.

Ms. Kabot, however, referred to Mr. Lynch and Ms. Fleming as “political bullies” using “political thuggery” and intimidation to deter voters.

She added that 20 of the petition’s signatures were found to be duplicates, meaning the voters had signed for both Ms. Fleming and Ms. Kabot. The majority of the remaining signatures were not registered as Independence Party members.

“As hard as I worked going door to door, I came up short,” she said, adding that she is not planning to appeal the judge’s decision. “My petition was apparently so scary to Democrats that they had to bring lawyers in to try and protect their candidate, and they’re celebrating this as some big win. The reality is, they’re trying to squash the people’s right to choose in a primary.

“I’m an advocate for choice, but at the end of the day, I will not have the write-in opportunity.”

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So Kabot was found to have committed fraud and forgery? What a surprise....
By G (342), Southampton on May 3, 19 6:21 PM
There was no fraud and no forgery, so I advise you to not play fast and loose with the facts. There were 20 duplicate signatures from voters who also signed multi-candidate petitions that included Bridget Fleming's name on them. There apparently were 25 signatures from registered voters who are not registered IND (Independence- meaning part of the Independence Party) - those signatures are disqualified as being not valid to sign a petition for a Primary. If you have any questions, call me for the ...more
By Linda Kabot (14), Quogue on May 3, 19 7:00 PM
Linda: should you ever feel that anonymous lies on the internet have injured your reputation, you have the ability file a defamation claim against a "John Doe" defendant and ask a court for leave to subpoena the Press for personally identifiable information.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8265), HAMPTON BAYS on May 3, 19 7:46 PM
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Sounds like Bridget is hearing your footsteps quickly catching up to her. She should be worried since her record is one that is short on substance and long on political gimmickry to part the taxpayers from their hard earned money!
The voters will learn the truth in the days and weeks to come.
By cedric (22), Southampton on May 3, 19 8:15 PM
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Linda continue to hang out your open house balloons,it will be better for your health.dont worry be happy.
By watchdog1 (543), Southampton on May 3, 19 6:50 PM
"Undermine the democratic process?" Must have been a typo that escaped the editor....it should have read "undermine the Democratic Party".
By cedric (22), Southampton on May 3, 19 8:09 PM
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“political bullies” using “political thuggery” and intimidation to deter voters.Very inappropriate and harsh words to describe someone who is following the rules.
By Fred s (3321), Southampton on May 3, 19 9:22 PM
harsh words? truth hurts.
following the rules? Orwell called that “Newspeak“
How about letting voters decide rather than having a court decide what Fleming would probably lose at ballot?
By Southampton Patrick (13), Southampton on May 4, 19 8:20 PM
I’m not aware what Orwell called following the rules, apparently a judge decided Kabot wasn’t following the rules.you can frame it how you want, she still didn’t follow the rules.I still think it was harsh and inappropriate.
By Fred s (3321), Southampton on May 4, 19 8:32 PM
I tend to agree. There were duplicates. It was invalid. How is that bullying and thuggery? If it was wrong, it was wrong. End of story. Should no one have checked if it was valid? I'm sure if the shoe was on the other foot Ms. Kabot et al would have checked.
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on May 6, 19 9:03 AM
wow George Lynch
By chief1 (2800), southampton on May 3, 19 11:25 PM
Turkey Bridge doing what Dems do best.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on May 4, 19 7:13 AM
lol what are you talking about? Turkey Bridge isn't even in this thread?
By Enviro Guy (55), Southampton on May 10, 19 9:13 AM
Yes, making sure the opposition is playing by the rules. Kinda funny how you are defending the person breaking the rules.
By Fred s (3321), Southampton on May 4, 19 7:24 AM
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Ok, I misread the article and it wasn't fraud or forgery. It was obviously just plain stupidity! Kabot had 172 signatures and couldn't be bothered to check them? I'd understand if there were a handful of duplicates but almost a third?? That's just sloppy and stupid. I'm not surprised though..
As for injuring Kabots reputation.....please give credit where credit it due. Kabot has done a stand up job of ruining her own reputation and needs no outside help.
Clothesline law? The petty fight ...more
By G (342), Southampton on May 4, 19 11:31 AM
What is Bridget afraid of?
Let the voters decide!
By Southampton Patrick (13), Southampton on May 4, 19 8:21 PM
Why is this on Bridget? Ms. Kabot and her supports didn't pay attention. Nothing to do with any other politician being afraid.

Why doesn't someone from her campaign explain how this happened, or dare I say, apologize for the mistake?
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on May 9, 19 6:42 PM
Who is running on the Republican line?
By tenn tom (259), remsenburg on May 5, 19 6:49 AM