Rick Brand is a longtime Newsday reporter who writes about politics and government on Long Island.
Former Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, who is running for Congress, is launching her first TV campaign ad Tuesday in an spot that touts her tenure in town hall and ignores her Democratic primary foe David Calone.
Throne Holst, who is seeking the Democratic nomination in the 1st Congressional District, recounts her early days as the top town official: “They said we couldn’t afford to help seniors, protect the environment or attract good jobs. So I called for an audit and proved them wrong,”
In doing so, she said, she “cut the waste, cut the debt and restored the triple-A bond rating” and invested those savings in “new senior services, the environment and jobs while holding the line on taxes.”
Aides say that Throne-Holst’s ad did not include any footage in town hall where she originally went to shoot a commercial but retreated when objections arose.
While ignoring Calone, Throne-Holst ended the ad by taking a last-minute swipe at incumbent Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin of Shirley. Referring to the things she did in the town, Throne-Holst said, “We can do that in Washington, too. Lee Zeldin just won’t.” She did not mention any specific criticisms of Zeldin’s tenure.
Andrew Grunewald, Throne-Holst’s campaign manager, said the ads will appear on cable TV, including News 12 and WLNY.