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Rockville Centre Dem club chief rips county party's early Suozzi plug

The head of the Rockville Centre Democratic Club has levied some pointed criticism at his own party, contending they should have waited until after Tuesday’s nominating convention before supporting  a county executive candidate.
 
In e-mails to Party Chairman Jay Jacobs and other Democratic officials, Henry Boitel said his party “dropped all pretense of democratic significance” by backing former County Executive Thomas Suozzi months ago. Suozzi is facing a Democratic primary from businessman Adam Haber.
 
While Democrats will carry “omnibus” petitions with Suozzi’s name, Jacobs said has not “bullied” members into supporting the candidate. “No one is alleging with any basis that I am doing that,” Jacobs said.
 
But, Haber Campaign Manager Justin Myers said some Democrats are concerned about the process. “Party leadership appears to be denying committee member’s their right to engage in the Democratic process,” Myers said.
 
Boitel, who became president of the Rockville Centre Democratic Club at the start of 2013, raises other concerns in his e-mails about the direction of the party.
 
"From time to time, we can win by pointing out the other side's failures," Boitel wrote on May 10. "We win, because they lost, and not on the merits. The electorate is becoming increasingly aware of our corresponding lack of a solutions agenda. We may have more registrations than the Republicans; however, the relative number of blank registrations, particularly among young people, is growing. A registration comparison of Reps to Dems is not a sign of achievement."
 
He added that Democratic primary candidates should avoid "slinging procedural irregularities at each other. The primary ought be about issues and capability. If the candidates are divided by nastiness, we can expect more Democrats to stay home when election time comes around."
 
In an interview Boitel said the party needs to do a better job of "reflecting the needs of the average person. And we do that by providing solutions and not just criticizing the other side."

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