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C-line chairman ready to drop incumbent judge

Suffolk’s only Conservative woman jurist, Family Court Judge Barbara Lynaugh may not get renominated by her own party, Conservative sources say.

Edward Walsh, Suffolk Conservative chairman, has made it known to party insiders he has no interest in running Lynaugh, sources say. She got her first nomination 10 years ago from Walsh’s predecessor, the late Pasquale Curcio, and was cross-endorsed by the GOP and Democrats. Walsh, the sources say wants Bernard Cheng, 42, of Bayport, law secretary to GOP County Court Judge James Hudson.

Lynaugh, 57, of Eastport, said she has “heard the same stories” but has so far been unable to meet with Walsh and does not understand why there’s a problem. The judge believes she is “well respected” and notes she has 25 years experience in family court system. “I’ve worked very hard, have a tremendous amount of support in the legal community, who are outraged hearing about it,” she said. If denied renomination, she said she will run a primary. Before becoming a Conservative 12 years ago, she was a Democrat.

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