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Viloria-Fisher: Dem chief 'washed his hands' of Brookhaven

Democrats’ losing Brookhaven supervisor candidate Vivian Viloria-Fisher took aim at Suffolk party chairman Richard Schaffer late last week for failing to support the town campaign.

Fisher made her remarks at a meeting of the Three Village Democratic Club.
“He just washed his hands of Brookhaven,” she said in an interview later, noting that he shifted tens of thousand of dollars to wage a primary against a Democratic incumbent Legis. Rick Montano rather than helping the Democratic ticket. “Shifting resoruces to a primary is the way the tea party works.”

She also said Schaffer’s actions hurt inepxerienced new town Democratic chairman Tony Parlatore's chances for success. “He threw Tony under the bus,” she said.

Fisher said she is not upset personally, but said Schafter’s strategy frustrated the entire town party and hurt potentially srong efforts to win town clerk, hold on to a district court judgeship and affected the re-election chances of town board member Connie Kepert, who is still embroiled in a close recount.

“We were a good slate, a hisotric slate of women, Hispanics and African-Americans,” she said. Fisher also took solace in the town board victory of Valerie Cartwright whom she first encouraged to run three years ago.

Schaffer declined to return fire against Fisher who raised $53,600 in her losing bid against Republican Supervisor Edward Romaine, saying only “I commend Vivian on a great campaign and a wonderful public service career.”

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