Timin' a tick a tick a tick a

Friday, October 23, 2009

Timin' a tick a tick a tick a

blue note...sang Jimmy Jones in his 1960 pop chart number one, "you need timin'."

And was that ever apparent with the arrival in Friday afternoon's mail of the latest campaign piece from the Southampton Town Democratic Committee:


This, of course, right after the revelation that Linda Kakot's opponent, Anna Throne-Holst, had a minor problem of her own... and imme­diately blamed her campaign treasurer, Eric Cohen, for failing to meet a Board of Elections filing deadline.

(The deadline wasn't missed because Mr. Cohen got to the post office too late... the report was filed 20 days late.)

The 27East story quotes Ms. Throne-Holst:

"It’s not an excuse, but an explanation."

(Okay, I say "avocado," my sister says "alligator pear.")

Is it a big deal?

Nah, just one of life's little ironies, one which is accentuated by the timing of the campaign mailer hot on the heels of the news of Ms. Throne-Holst's own deflection of responsibility.

It has become increasingly apparent that Ms. Kabot is constitutionally incapable of doing a Harry "the buck stops here" Truman, but it would have been refreshing if her challenger had simply said something to the effect of...

"It was an error which has been corrected."

That would have been the stand-up thing to do, and provided some daylight between the two candidates' individual styles.

With this latest disclosure, one can relate to EastEnd68's comment on 27East:

"On election day I sure hope there is a line for 'None of the Above...'"
In a related matter...

A quick perusal of candidate Throne-Holst's just-filed Financial Disclosure Report reveals that between July and September the South­ampton Town Police Benevolent Association has kicked $1800 into the woman's campaign coffers.


1. Ray Overton said...

Dean, all you have to do is drive past the PBA's clubhouse on Old Country Road in Speonk to see who they support. The "billboard" style signs they have posted right up to the road removes all doubt.

Driven past, seen it, Ray.

But there's a significant difference between letting a candidate put up a sign and ponying up $1800 in coin of the realm. The same sign is in front of the shuttered Corner Restaurant in Westhampton Beach, and we both know that the Chih family didn't go into their pocket for a nickel.

2. Matlynn Carville said...

I think EastEnd68's got it right: NONE of the above!

I've got folks lower on the ticket I feel GOOD about voting for: Shermeyer, Garvey and Pell. But these two, "Throne"-Hyphen-Holst and Kabot the Partier? I just don't know. The PBA supporting the prettiest candidate, known to pull a few fast ones behind everyone's back in prior elections, kind of taints her own well-tended hair and facials. If you're gonna be ambitious, great. If it's all behind closed doors, I'm creeped out. The PBA supporting Anna T-H casts doubt in my silly little brain about the Kabot pull-over in WHB.

Kabot is a slugger, no doubt about it. And she's making the hard financial decisions NO ONE would want to make during a time of global economic distress.

[sigh] I guess I'll go with the one the cops don't want -- I'm not much of a union supporter. Lord knows what they were promised to endorse AT-H.

You were doing great 'til you lost me at the conspiracy part!

The "well-tended hair and facials" thing is funny. Reminds me of something my dear ol' Dad said more than half-a-century ago about the Detroit Tank Arsenal's secretarial pool: "They can overlook the one gal's blighted character, but not the fact that she's so good-looking."

3. Susan said...

How 'bout when Anna brought her little dog to work and couldn't understand why that wasn't okay? That says a lot about so many facets of her personality . . .

4. EastEnd68 said...

I'm saving my prettiest vote For Fleming. AT-H has other assests better than Linda.

Don't know what you're talking about, and what's more, I don't want to know.

5. Marie Ortiz said...

The donations from the Southampton Town PBA to Anna Throne-Holst were actually $2,300 from April to September 2009.

You're right... I hadn't gone back as far as April 2. Thanks.

6. Hampton West said...

The Southampton Town PBA wants a new contract that will shift to 12 hour tours meaning they will be scheduled to come to work 154 times a year, not the current 232.

Yeah? Guess what?!? It took forever, but Westhampton Beach finally got their rank'n'file off the 4X10 tours, and things started improving.

I cannot speak to the Town issue, but in the Village the 4X10 schedule was all about making it easier for police to work their second jobs... hell, P.O. Kametler (and others) used to work his second job during those ten-hour tours.

If Anna Hyphenate has an albatross about her neck this election, it's the Town PBA's support.

7. Hampton West said...

Little confused - did they have 4X10s or did they go to 4X10 from something else?

I think it's a bigger issue for the Town as its not as seasonal as the Village and also you're covering a geographical place the size of Nassau County.

Going to 154 appearances a year may create a backfill issue to keep the same coverage.

The Village used to have four ten-hour shifts.

8. Matlynn Carville said...

Now waydaminut!

Anybody who works for someone ELSE is highly desirous of working more hours in less days. So am I, for one -- GET the ten hour shifts... but you CANNOT call in sick. It's like missing 1-1/2 shifts instead of one.

9. Tugboat Bertha said...

I thought Sam Cooke was the singer for "Timin' ticka ticka ticka tocka timin'" Please clear up my confusion?

Well, m'dear, that's why I provided a link to the original artist's rendition.

And if that's not enough, here's some additional background which notes that "Jimmy Jones sang in a smooth yet soulful falsetto modeled on the likes of Clyde McPhatter and Sam Cooke," so your confusion may be forgiven.

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