East Hampton Republican, Conservative, and Tea Party members came out early, and presumably will be out often, in support of Randy Altschuler, with an endorsement on Friday at the Hook Mill in East Hampton.
The group included East Hampton Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson, and town board members Theresa Quigley and Dominick Stanzione, East Hampton Town Conservative Party chairman Vincent Downing, East End Tea Party chairwoman Lynda Edwards, and Kurt Kappel, the East Hampton Town Republican Party chairman.
Mr. Altschuler said he was grateful for the endorsement. “While most elected officials and politicians talk about cutting taxes, reining in spending, and reducing the size and cost of government, Bill Wilkinson and the East Hampton Republicans have done it. I am honored to receive their endorsement and am committed to bringing those same fiscally responsible values to Washington so we can revitalize our economy and create jobs here in Suffolk County.”
Diana Weir, his campaign manager, and a former East Hampton Town councilwoman, added that the concerns of East Hampton Town and South Fork residents such as the environment, fishing quotas, and federal funds for beach replenishment were issues that Mr. Altschuler has been engaged in since the last election and that he wants to be actively involved in seeing that they are resolved in the region’s favor.
“Things like the fishing quotas have a major impact on small businesses and it is a regional issue. Randy wants to be more proactive and attend those hearings. It’s important for all of us,” she said.
In a written statement, Mr. Wilkinson praised Mr. Altschuler’s business and job creation success as well as his commitment to East Hampton, including hiring Ms. Weir, who lives in Wainscott, to be his campaign manager.