...and where does she come from? What do we really know about her?
She burst onto the Southampton Town political scene two years ago, almost out of nowhere, and got elected to the Town Board as an independent running on the Democratic ticket.
All anyone seemed to know about her was that she was attractive, a single mom of three, and lived in the Noyac area.
One of the columnists in The Southampton Press made a fuss over her, dazzled by what he termed "the hubba-hubba factor," but then he's a guy and guys are susceptible to stuff like that.
(As "a guy," I know about these things.)
And yes, Ms. Throne-Holst is certainly a comely sort, a gal in her late '30s I thought.
In her Press profile last week, her age was listed as "50."
(In Friday's endorsement, Newsday said she was 49, but then Newsday routinely gets it wrong about anything on the East End.)
When my wife heard she was 50, her first reaction was "then she's had a lot of work done," adding "and very good work."
(A gal-pal of Ms. Throne-Holst counters that the woman eats a lot of fish and hits the gym on a daily basis.)
O, and yes, she has a dog which she used to take into her office at Town Hall 'til she was informed that she was violating policy.
So who is this woman, and what of her prior life?
She's kept her background kinda on the down-low for some reason, almost like she's a Manchuruian Candidate.
Prior to her chrysalis as Anna Throne-Holst, she was Swedish-born Anna Gerschman, a founder of the nonsectarian, alternative private Hayground School.
If there's been any hint of impropriety there, I'm unaware of it... or why she'd be shy about her involvement with the school.
There's very little about this on her campaign website for some reason.
This is all fascinating stuff, but I don't know what any of it means.
When it all comes to a head, your Republican bias always shows....
Do you think I've hit on something particularly sensitive with the former Mrs. Gerschman?
Well written – you ask all the right questions. I'm surprised someone did not write this a month ago. Thanks.
If she wins then I'm disturbed by the PBA support for her. They will get a fat contract out of her.
I suggest nothing nefarious, my friend. It just occurs that editorial boards, candidate profiles and voter forums should be getting at the very thing you legitimately raise... and for the record, even as I disagree with those backing Kabot, Anna needs to get a quick schooling on her responsibilities and especially her need for a strong fiscal management team. She needs to pay better attention than she did as a candidate to her own staff and their obligations on her behalf.
All eyes will now be on "the replacement process," and everyone will have their own ideas on who she should pick. Pope will have a year's experience, and there's precident (and cover, cf Russo) if she wants to go that route.
But would Ms. Pope want to have to run for office four straight years?
By the way, at least to the extent the information is correct on the BOE site, the voters approved replacing the appointment process for vacancies with special elections.