Linda Kabot weighs return to Southampton politics

A file photo of then-Southampton town supervisor Linda A file photo of then-Southampton town supervisor Linda Kabot at the first town board meeting after her arrest. (Sept. 8, 2009) Photo Credit: Doug Kuntz

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Once again, Linda Kabot is making life interesting in Southampton.

The former Republican town supervisor, who got one-third of the votes for the position two years ago even though her name was not on the ballot, sent letters to former supporters Friday telling them she is thinking about running again, and asking for their opinions and their money to fund her 2013 exploratory campaign.

"I do not consider myself a 'retread,' " she wrote. "I consider myself a proven leader . . ."

Kabot's quixotic 2011 campaign as a write-in candidate started six weeks before the November election, a contest in which the town's Republican establishment decided not to run a candidate against Anna Throne-Holst, an Independent who was running on the Democratic line.

Throne-Holst already has spoken to Republican town officials about screening with them this time around, although neither Democrats nor Republicans in Southampton have firm plans for candidates.

While Kabot, 45, has been a controversial figure in the past, she was the top vote-getter on the Republican ticket when she ran for town board in 2001 and 2005, and for supervisor in 2007. Her write-in contest against Throne-Holst took place while she was facing trial on charges of driving while intoxicated; a jury delivered a not-guilty verdict three months after the election.

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Kabot later sued the Westhampton Beach Village Police Department for false arrest, a case which is pending.

Even before Kabot threw her hat into the ring, the 2013 town election in Southampton was drawing more than the normal amount of attention. Christopher Nuzzi, one of two town board members up for election, cannot run again because of term limits. The other board member, James Malone, is expected to run again.

Nuzzi is a Republican who has run with Conservative and Independence Party support. Malone is a Conservative who has run with Republican support. In the past, Kabot has run on both lines.

The town GOP is still screening candidates, and told any town residents interested in running to send them a resume before March 15.

Throne-Holst said, "It's an open race at this point . . . I'm running on my record."

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