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Jun 28, 2011 5:01 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Lance Kabot Says He's Interested In Supervisor Seat

Jun 29, 2011 11:04 AM

After weeks of failed attempts by the Southampton Town Republican Committee to find a willing candidate, an unlikely name has emerged as a potential contender to challenge incumbent Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst this November.

Lance Kabot of Quogue, the husband of former Town Supervisor Linda Kabot, said this week that he recently had a casual conversation with Town Republican Committee Chairman Ernest Wruck. The subject of their talk: whether or not Mr. Kabot should run against Ms. Throne-Holst, the woman who ousted his wife, also a Republican, from the town’s top seat in 2009.

“Nobody should ever run unopposed,” Mr. Kabot said on Monday, declining to discuss the matter further. But he added that he would run against Ms. Throne-Holst if the party wanted him to. “If somebody wanted me to do it, I would do it,” he said.

When reached last week, Mr. Wruck said he was unaware of Mr. Kabot’s interest in running a campaign and declined to discuss it. “I wouldn’t discuss any candidate unless they came to me and had a conversation and made a public statement saying they were doing it,” he said.

When reached again on Tuesday, Mr. Wruck said he doubted that Mr. Kabot was actually going to make a run for the seat.

“I’m not sure he’s said he wants to run, and if he has said [as much], I can’t imagine he’s serious,” Mr. Wruck said. “And I think it would be virtually impossible for him to collect the number of signatures required within the short time allotted.” He then added: “I don’t consider him a serious candidate.”

Republican Town Councilman Chris Nuzzi declined his party’s nomination to run against Ms. Throne-Holst earlier this month. His decision came nearly three weeks after Mr. Nuzzi received the GOP nomination.

The Republican Party has had a hard time finding potential candidates willing to launch a campaign against Ms. Throne-Holst so late in the game. And now the GOP is running out of time because a petition signed by at least 500 registered Republicans must be filed with the Suffolk County Board of Elections in the next two weeks in order for the Republican candidate’s name to appear on the November ballot.

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So Ernie, one day you're hanging out the want ads, and the next day a plausible candidate comes along and you say no thanks. Are you saying it's just Lance who can't get enough signatures in time, or nobody can get enough signatures in time? What's the story, Ernie?
By clam pie (161), Westhampton on Jun 29, 11 12:06 PM
This little episode reminds me of a quote from Noam Chomsky "Since we don't participate, we don't control and we don't even think about questions of vital importance. We hope someone is paying attention, who has some competence. Let's hope the ship has a captain, since we're not taking part in what's going on"

Anarchy comes to the Southampton Town Republican Committee.

But this does not resolve the question of who will govern as political factions beget political factions. In ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jul 2, 11 12:20 PM