Southampton Democrats Celebrate Bishop, Obama Wins at Inaugural Dinner

Music, dancing, celebrating at upbeat Democratic Party Gala.

It was high feathered fanfare for the Southampton Democratic Party stalwarts as they held their own Inaugural Gala at 230 Elm Street in Southampton Monday night.

Despite the inclement weather, the gala was well attended. Masters of Ceremonies were split between Joy Flynn, the president of the Southampton Democratic Club, and Gordon Herr,  the chairman of the Southampton Town Democratic Committee. 

The event featured a gourmet buffet dinner, dancing, live gospel, jazz and Latin music. A highlight of the evening was a joyous call from Congressman Tim Bishop who was in Washington, D.C. for the actual Inaugural festivities with his whole family, including his grandson.

There was an air of true glee in the air, yet when Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst arrived the talk of many privately turned to the next election this coming November when control of Southampton Town government will be up for grabs. The feeling in the room had most believing a change to Democratic Party control of the Town Board being a strong possibility. With the very popular Republican Chris Nuzzi term limited, thus going off the board, and James Malone being forecast as vulnerable there is an opening for the change. Supervisor Throne-Holst is also up for re-election too, however, at this moment many believe, even if Chris Nuzzi runs against her, she would prevail. Also feasting at the gala was Brad Bender, who many believe will be a candidate again, as he was two years ago for the Southampton Town Board. Brad Bender lost a very tight race in 2011 yet many in the room believe he is now poised to win a board seat this time.

The secret to the growth and recent successes of the Southampton Democratic Party was hatched years back when then SH Democratic Committee Chairman Michael Anthony launched a voter registration plan that present SH Democratic Committee Chairman Gordon Herr has continued to support earnestly. It may be noted that retiring Southampton Democratic Club President Grania Brolin also played a huge part in the mechanics of caring out of the Southampton Democratic Party voter registration plan. I fondly remember covering a Democratic Club Breakfast perhaps 6 or 7 years ago, when while interviewing Brolin about prospective Supervisor Candidate Throne-Holst, Brolin looked around the room, which had at least 140 in attendance and said, "You know I remember when these breakfast events use to draw just a handful of Democrats." I feel that time was the beginning of the ascension of the Democratic Party's success. Many astute followers of Southampton Town politics will not be surprised if the Democrats achieve a majority on the board this coming Fall 2013.

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PetrolMan January 22, 2013 at 10:53 PM
I feel a new day dawning too. One in which hope fades and people become resigned to the fact that the US has been decimated by the actions and notable inaction of the shady celebrity from the Windy City. Did either of those feathered masters of ceremonies mention the steep decline in household income, the recent tax increase that creamed the middle class, the generational theft this administration has imposed on our kids and grandkids, or the extra $2500 per year the average middle class now spends on gasoline and home heating fuel, the deaths of american hostages, the deaths of American diplomats on American soil, the cooking of the unemployment numbers, the unfathomable unemployment rate among lower and middle class families, the inability of the so called President to get a single vote on a single budget - from his own party, the irony of this President's stance against the history of slavery and his firm stance for the enslavement of millions on the permanent government gravy train? Was any of that mentioned or was the media only interested in what clutch the first lady had to match whose gown she wore and that the meal was 3000 calories? Its all offensive.
T.J. Clemente January 22, 2013 at 11:18 PM
Nice comment, the irony is this President has now won two elections. Maybe all your well stated comments where not Articulated by Mitt Romney in his billion dollar losing campaign. But this Blog was mostly about the surging Southampton Democratic Party. Congressman Bishop easily disposed of Mr. Altshuler, and the Supreme Court wasn't needed to declare Obama the winner in either 2008 or 2012. Locally Supervisor Throne-Holst is looking real strong for re-election and may finally have a Democratic plurality on the board. Why is all this happening Mr.Petrolman? Is it because the majority in the country, the state, the county and the town are all stupid and misguided? I think not.
Turi Galbraith January 23, 2013 at 03:40 AM
I think you make many good points PetrolMan; no matter what the blog is about, that does not prohibit you from making a comment. If there were restrictions imposed, as to what position the comments took, then I missed those too. Just because the majority of the country, the state or the town leans one ways, does not mean it's the best way or the right way. The minority always has a point of view too, and a position, one which should also be heard. Thank you for sharing yours. Turigal
Creamery January 23, 2013 at 11:51 AM
Its called fraud and deceit. You think it was nice for Obama to tell the middle class that he had their backs and then turn around and raise their taxes after the election? It is hard to win when you not only have to battle a candidate who doesn't use ideas as his weaponry. It is also hard to win when the media is working overtime to dictate and mold the narrative. Do not discount how big of a benefit having the media swindle and hoodwink the mushy masses really is. In high school the best candidate didn't win the election because it was a popularity contest. If the candidate for class president told the kiddies he would give them all a free ice-cream cone, she would win. Only a pony with blinders on would see how screwed up and divided this family of a country is.
Ron S January 23, 2013 at 02:31 PM
In focusing on the local situation, it seems to me we should be less intrigued with which party "wins" and who is going to get the ball moving in cleaning up the water quality in Shinnecock Bay. Recent deliberations about the Dockers marina dredging request and the handling of the Rhumba's septic overload situation indicates both parties are treating this as business as usual.
Mary Beth January 23, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Creamery, Please explain how Obama raised taxes on the middle class. If you are referring to the expiration of the payroll tax credit, that was killed by House republicans. Let's not rewrite history. We get it, you have an irrational hate of the president, but why lie? This country is screwed up and divided because right wing extremists decided to obstruct our president from day one. Nevertheless, he was re-elected by a large majority, so, if you want things done, convince your republicans in congress to support the president, after all, the American people did.
Creamery January 23, 2013 at 04:33 PM
To Mary Beth: The Obama administration enacted the payroll tax cut as a temporary means of boosting economic growth, so letting it expire arguably should be called a tax "hike.". The Obama administration argued endlessly in front of the Supreme Court that the so called affordable care act's individual mandate is constitutional because it is a tax. It will hit those making under $250,000 per year particularly hard, and almost exclusively. One of President Obama’s first acts as President in February of 2009 was to more than double the taxes on tobacco products. This affected about 60 million Americans and disproportionally hurt poor and middle class families. Cigarette taxes jumped from $3.90 to more than $10 per carton. President Obama has also implemented a number of other tax increases that will directly affect consumers, even if they don’t technically pay the taxes themselves. One example is a 2.3% tax on medical device makers. Pacemakers, prosthetic limbs, and monitoring devices will all be subjected to this new tax. Is it more reasonable to assume that the medical device suppliers will simply just absorb this tax or pass it on to the consumers of those products, the patients? Also as a result of the passage of healthcare reform, individuals making $200,000 per year will see their Medicare taxes increase by 66%, to 2.35%, while self-employed individuals will pay a Medicare rate of 3.8%. You have any tougher questions?
Creamery January 23, 2013 at 04:35 PM
And I don't ''hate'' anyone. Don't use that word anyway.
christie nicolle January 24, 2013 at 07:54 PM
the left is always using that "hate" word... Anyone anti - Left is a "hater"; you see, liberalism is based on emotion instead of Logic!
Jaguar-Guy January 24, 2013 at 08:50 PM
Signing off on anything you ever write again.
T.J. Clemente January 24, 2013 at 08:55 PM
jag - thanks for reading southampton patch.com
Hazel Wilkonson the First January 24, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Mr. C Nicolle is the face of the modern day republican party - bigoted, hateful, spiteful and totally nuts. Need more evidence: "A Republican lawmaker in New Mexico introduced a bill on Wednesday that would legally require victims of rape to carry their pregnancies to term in order to use the fetus as evidence for a sexual assault trial. House Bill 206, introduced by state Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R), would charge a rape victim who ended her pregnancy with a third-degree felony for "tampering with evidence." As the average American is actually repulsed by this kind of teabaggery, a long line of future Democratic victories have been assured.
Mary Beth January 24, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Just one more - are you in pain from all that stretching?
christie nicolle January 24, 2013 at 09:12 PM
hopefully jag will keep his word... it's annoying to read schitzo posters' words... they stand for nothing.
christie nicolle January 24, 2013 at 09:23 PM
Hazel, you well know I'm a girl... + a "Mrs." ...+ pro-choice conservative...not your typical, deviant, feminazi freak like yourself, ....+ what on earth do i have to do with House Bill 206 ?? Folks, another example of who the true "haters" are: Liberals. Oh, + Hazel, keep Using that cowardly ass-kisser Jag-guy to make your sick points.
highhatsize January 24, 2013 at 09:37 PM
Why was ATH at the celebration and why do the Democrats care if she is a strong candidate? After all, she is a FrankMacKayite, not a Democrat.
velocirapper January 24, 2013 at 10:28 PM
Well said High hat. Little Miss Supervisor is not a Democrat, a Republican or an independent. She is a rank opportunist only interested in building up her campaign chest and advancing her so called career. There is nothing to celebrate when this self-promoter is in the room.
John Gruber January 25, 2013 at 02:34 PM
says the person who thinks OBama should be sexually assaulted and murdered...


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