Letter: Political deals not 'conservative'

District Attorney Thomas Spota, who got the power District Attorney Thomas Spota, who got the power from the county legislature earlier this year to deny step increases to his staff, withheld pay hikes to seven assistant prosecutors last July due to their performance, according to a legislative report. (Sept. 3, 2013) Photo Credit: Newsday/ John Paraskevas

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Has the Suffolk County Conservative Party lost its moral bearings ["Fire party leader from both jobs," Editorial, May 9]? Even if one presumes the innocence of chairman Edward Walsh, have the party's core principles already been lost?

Conservatism recognizes the universal success and appeal of free enterprise, low taxes, individualism, small and efficient government, privacy, a strong national defense and self-reliance. It favors free and open elections and rejects corruption and top-down political policies.

How then can Suffolk County conservatives accept that their chairman is a jail lieutenant making $282,000 in 2013 from the public trough? How can he be the dispositive figure in choosing the political endorsement of his own boss and the district attorney? And how is it that through Conservative Party cross-endorsements voters didn't even have a choice for district attorney and sheriff?

Now the sheriff is investigating his own political patron. The process itself is appalling and a conflict of interest, but moreover, to a true conservative, it violates the very soul of the enduring moral order. If the allegations against Walsh of stealing public payroll monies prove true, Sheriff Vincent DeMarco should have known and must be held accountable.

District Attorney Thomas Spota is similarly in a tight spot. In almost Shakespearean irony, he may find himself investigating the very character responsible for his own guaranteed electoral success.

Michael J. Butler, Greenport

Editor's note: The writer is a registered Republican and retired Nassau County police captain who ran unsuccessfully for the Nassau County Legislature in 1995.

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