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Jul 8, 2011 4:28 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town GOP Still Lacks Supervisor Candidate As Deadline Looms

Jul 13, 2011 9:34 AM

Barring any last-minute surprises, it appears that Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst will have a free run in her bid for reelection this November.

On Tuesday morning—with only two days remaining before any potential candidate is required to file a 500-signature petition with the Suffolk County Board of Elections in Yaphank—Southampton Town Republican Committee Chairman Ernest Wruck confirmed that no one has stepped up from his party to challenge the incumbent supervisor. The petition is due by the close of business on Thursday, July 14.

In an interview last week, Mr. Wruck said he did not think anyone from his party would agree to challenge Ms. Throne-Holst, who is seeking her second two-year term of office, after Town Councilman Chris Nuzzi declined the GOP nomination last month. Republican Party leaders have been scrambling over the past month to find a candidate to fill out their November ballot, which already includes Christine Preston Scalera and Bill Hughes, both seeking seats on the Town Board.

“I have nothing to say beyond it at this point, because I think that what I’ve given you explains it,” Mr. Wruck said last week.

Part of the problem, according to some GOP sources, is that Mr. Nuzzi and other potential supervisor candidates, such as lame duck Town Councilwoman Nancy Graboski, did not inform party officials early enough in the process that they were not interested in challenging Ms. Throne-Holst. That delay, they said, effectively discouraged other potential candidates from considering running for supervisor.

Both Mr. Nuzzi, who has two years remaining on his current term, and Ms. Graboski, who cannot seek reelection due to term limits, declined to run for supervisor because they want to spend more times with their families.

Town Republican Party Vice Chairwoman Marietta Seaman said committee members reached out to at least a dozen potential candidates after Mr. Nuzzi declined the nomination, but no one was willing to step up and challenge Ms. Throne-Holst. She said that many of the potential candidates cited the lack of time to mount a campaign as their reason for declining.

But Mr. Nuzzi, who spent nearly three weeks weighing his options after receiving the GOP nomination, rejected claims that his indecision was to blame for the party’s inability to field another candidate. He then shifted the spotlight to Ms. Scalera and Mr. Hughes; one of them must now win election in November for the Republican Party to keep its control of the Town Board.

“You’ve got, I think, two candidates who are going to speak to the agenda of the greater community here with Christine and Bill, that I think will resonate,” Mr. Nuzzi said.

Ms. Graboski was on vacation this week and could not be reached for comment.

Rounding out the Democratic Party’s ballot this fall are incumbent Town Councilwoman Bridget Fleming and political newcomer Brad Bender of Northampton.

Other Republican Party officials, meanwhile, are now focusing their efforts on getting their Town Board candidates elected in November.

“It gives us the ability to focus on the two council seats and maintaining the majority on the board,” said Ms. Seaman, referring to the lack of a supervisor candidate.

She added that, early in the discussions, GOP officials briefly discussed possibly cross-endorsing Ms. Throne-Holst, an Independence Party member who is endorsed by the Democrats, but “there was no support for it.”

Lance Kabot of Quogue, the husband of former Town Supervisor Linda Kabot who recently expressed interest in running for supervisor, confirmed this week that he would not make a run. Rather, he said that there will be a coordinated write-in campaign among Republicans—though he declined to name the candidate.

“We’re going to probably do a huge write in and people are going to be very excited,” Mr. Kabot said. “But it’s not for me, it’s for somebody else.”

When asked on Tuesday about Mr. Kabot’s comments, Mr. Wruck laughed before stating: “This is the first I’m hearing of any of it.”

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Ernest Wruck shold resign immediately. He has failed at every objective of his job.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Jul 8, 11 6:46 PM
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Wishful thinking on their part if they are going to elect anyone. I am not aware that any of the candidates are actually campaigning. They need to get to be known if they expect people to vote for them. What a mess...
By Toma Noku (616), uptown on Jul 8, 11 7:00 PM
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Where's Linda?
By SusieD (115), Southampton on Jul 8, 11 8:32 PM
I heard they asked Linda, but she wasn't interested.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Jul 8, 11 9:02 PM
It is a mess. The party heads do not care about what's best for the town. They just care about what's best for themselves and their largest contributors. They have been so busy trying to remove or replace certain elected GOP officials, just to please some large donors who would like a particular lawsuit to be dropped because they would make millions if it were, that they have lost track of the bigger picture. Wruck even stooped to asking those officials if some of them would "take a fall" and not ...more
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Jul 8, 11 8:59 PM
wow.....Details please?
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Jul 8, 11 11:22 PM
... is Randy Altschuler available?
By William Rodney (561), southampton on Jul 9, 11 7:48 AM
Randy's not available, but he can suggest a list of candidates in Bangalore...
By Toma Noku (616), uptown on Jul 11, 11 10:15 PM
As in the past Supervisoral election, I humbly offer myself as a write-in candidate.

If elected, I pledge to construct an Olympic natatorium to ease residents' passage through the gloom of winter. The facility will include a sauna, a full-sized basketball court, racket ball and squash courts, exercise room with a wide variety of stationary and aerobic equipment, massage rooms staffed by masseurs and masseuses skilled in various massage techniques, and, last but not least, a large Caribbean-themed ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Jul 13, 11 10:52 AM
I didn't think old Cincinnatus was a panem-et-circenses guy. Who knew?
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Jul 14, 11 1:18 PM
to Turkey Bridge:

Ba-dum-BOMP! Nicely put.
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Jul 14, 11 2:34 PM
I'll vote. . . just provide me with your name so I can write it in! Thanks HH!

By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jul 14, 11 3:14 PM
i just spoke to your psychiatrist and she recommends 2 weeks off of 27east. then ease back into it with only the real estate and classified sections. she's afraid this is all getting to you a bit.
By local69 (65), southampton on Jul 15, 11 7:33 AM
I miss Boo. If he was around I would vote for him.
By local69 (65), southampton on Jul 15, 11 7:32 AM
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Chris Nuzzi is concerned that the Republicans keep their control of the Town Board. After all, they've been running things there almost forever. How would we manage without them? Losing that majority is probably a chilling prospect for Chris Nuzzi and his friends. If we don't have the Republicans in charge, there might be no more deficits. There might be no more safe jobs for party loyalists. No more contracts for faithful contributors. No more open door for any and all development schemes. ...more
By fidelis (199), westhampton beach on Jul 16, 11 8:55 AM
sorry, but chris nuzzi, a politician is not concerned about anything other than chris nuzzi, the politician. translate that to EVERY politician you may ever read or hear about and that rule will stand steadfast.
By local69 (65), southampton on Jul 18, 11 6:29 AM