Southampton Republicans may have named retiring town police lieutenant Bill Hughes as their special-election town board candidate, but Suffolk Conservative chairman Edward Walsh says he won’t go along with their pick.
Walsh says he is upset that the party passed over Rebecca Molinaro, an aide to Assemb. Fred Thiele of Sag Harbor, because Thiele abandoned the GOP for the Independence Party. Walsh said Molinaro, a single mother, should not be penalized for her boss’ actions.
Republican insiders reply that Walsh’s stand makes no sense because he too has opposed Thiele. They believe that Walsh’s ire stems from his feud with police unions who tried to infiltrate the Conservative Party.
Walsh said no decision has been made on a candidate in the March 9 contest, but he will talk to both Tea Party activists and Molinaro about running on the minor party line alone. He has to make a selection by tomorrow.
John Jay LaValle, Suffolk GOP chairman, declined to comment on Walsh’s stand, adding, “We’re just keeping the lines of communications open."