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Monday, June 20, 2011

Monday Morning QB'ing

I am, it would seem, unelectable, even with the solid support of the three victorious in­cumbents of a year ago, and a strong endorse­ment by the local paper. Vox populi.

How I was beaten is another matter, and I have supporters who are steamed at the, let's just say, comportment of the Lightning Party. More...

Friday, June 17, 2011

What we said...

...about the Police Disciplinary Hearings, and the important ways in which we differ.

(All quotes from the profiles on 27East conducted by Jean-Paul Salamanca.) More...

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Oooooh nooooooo, Mr. Costanza

Please, let the terrible "Curse of The Chronicle" stay with the old Hampton Chronicle-News!

This morning's Southampton Press Western Edition contains a ringing endorsement of my candidacy in tomorrow's election for More...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Two points in particular...

...of the Lightning Party's mailing of today, demand addressing.

  1. "Vigorous debate ... is fine."
  2. "Hank has ALWAYS put the residents first."

Really? More...

Awwwww, Murph!

...ya came the closest yet to getting some­thing right about Westhampton Beach, but you still managed to drop the ball several times in this morning's East End Indy story about the local election campaign.

"Murph" is, of course, Rick Murphy with More...

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Rumor spiking

The ol' Westhampton Beach back fence has been very busy this week, and this time there are even some names attached to the rumor-mongering!

Earlier this morning I learned that someone is making calls asserting that there is a video of me re­moving opposition signs from the Valero station property on Montauk Highway. More...

Monday, June 13, 2011

Talk about nervous...

...I give you now lame duck Trustee Joan S. Levan who, while she may be leaving Village Hall at the end of the month, is obviously terrified that her sock-puppet on the Village Board, Hank Tucker, will be leaving as well.

And it wouldn't be of his own volition. More...

One battle won

The "war," though, won't be decided 'til this Friday. Noon to 9:00 pm, so mark it on your calendar!

The victory already decided is that of sign­age... the Speir campaign declares itself the winner. More...

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Now it can be revealed...

An ancillary benefit to the current election campaign is that it got me out of a family wedding (on my wife's side) on Saturday.

It would have required a Saturday 3:00 am departure, with both dogs, to a part of upstate New York where the bride walks down More...

Friday, June 10, 2011

Lightning Party pre-emptive strike?

The Joan Levan claque were angry as wasps when a number of them had their voting bona fides challenged at the polls two years ago.

It's simple: if you're not an actual resident of Westhampton Beach, you have no business turning up on Election Day and trying to cast an illegal ballot. More...

The old lies surface anew...

...anonymously, of course, as the gutless in­dividuals behind the poison pen letter cam­paign pull out all the stops to steal next week's election from the residents who would take the next step in getting Village government back on track.

Essentially, it recycles the malicious and false accusations of the mid-April mailing. More...

Thursday, June 09, 2011

What is so rare as a day in June...

...(with apologies to James Russell Lowell) when everything comes together and all that needs to get done, actually is accomplished?

Contributions continue, the mysteries of Mayor Teller's spreadsheet1 reveal themselves, the gals in the local post office track down the number of stamped envelopes I need2 More...

Things that make you say...

..."Wha-at?"

Two solid specimens of this may be found in this morning's Southampton Press Western Edition on page A9.

Yes, it's a political advertisement on More...

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Gettin' the good vibe...

Updated 06/08/2011 – 08:38 am

...along the campaign trail. Not only has no one run me off their porch or out of their yard, but many have received this candidate warmly and with interest.

And several, without any hint from me, have whipped out their checkbooks and contributed to the campaign war chest on the spot. More...

Monday, June 06, 2011

Blogging for Bucks

I should entitle this, the shameless plea!

This is what I'm going to do:

Political Yard Sign

Didn't wanna do it, but it's been More...

Saturday, June 04, 2011

On the stump

"Vote for Dean Speir" button

Great day for meetin', greetin' 'n' pressin' flesh out on the campaign trail!

(Drew the line at kissin' babies, however!)

Perfect, even, since there were substantial gatherings of people on the Village More...

Friday, June 03, 2011

Curse you, Clay Felker!

Updated 06/03/2011 – 11:41 pm

Don't much care for kicking a corpse, but a conceit the man started decades ago seems to have taken hold in an unlikely place.

Now the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons has bought into Felker's social gerrymandering of the late '60s which defined "The Hamptons" as starting East of the More...

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Why did I think of...

...Hank Tucker when I saw this?

Honey wagon on the highway

(Not personally, mind you, but as More...

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Gutless!

...that's you, Hank Tucker, for refusing to participate in a campaign debate.

Last week when The Southampton Press contacted you about the possibility, you didn't respond, perhaps because your running mate, Pat Dibenedetto, was out of town. More...

Monday, May 16, 2011

Luck o'the Draw

Aspatuck Party 2011

With the nominating petitions filed Friday the 13th... no tris­kaidekaphobia here... all that remained in the process was for the Village's Chief Election Officer Rebecca Molinaro to cer­tify what was submitted, and for the drawing of the ballot positions.

She did the first, and we drew for lines A or B this morning at 11:03 am. More...

Friday, May 13, 2011

Battle lines being drawn...

Aspatuck Party 2011

...now that the 5:00 pm deadline for Village Clerk Rebecca Molinaro to accept nominating petitions for candidates in the June 17th West­hampton Beach General Election has passed.

No surprise candidates showed up at More...

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Walkin' 'n' Talkin'...

Aspatuck Party 2011

...and gettin' signatures on my Nominating Petition this afternoon.

(Disclosure: The writer [me] is challenging for a Trustee seat in the Village Board in June.)

Today was an especially nice day to be doing it... not shirt-sleeves weather yet, but sunny and mild and just a good day to be outdoors, talking with people about what they More...