The East Hampton Town Republican Committee will celebrate the Jan. 20 inauguration of Donald Trump and Mike Pence as president and vice president of the United States with a party at the American Legion Hall in Amagansett.
Guests can “feel free to dress in formal attire,” according to an invitation. Tickets to the celebration, which will take place from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. the day of the inauguration, cost $50 in advance and $60 at the door.
The celebration will simply be about having a good time, Reg Cornelia, the committee’s chairman, said on Tuesday. “This is certainly not a boring transition, from the status quo slightly this way to the status quo slightly that way,” he said. “I think we have a neo-Marxist in the White House until the 20th, and now a guy” — Mr. Trump — “who believes in capitalism. I’ll take that for starters. I wish his delivery was a little smoother, but he’s getting better. I think he means it when he says he’s going to change the rules.”
For East Hampton Republicans, the election of Mr. Trump and Mr. Pence, the re-election of Representative Lee Zeldin, and the party’s success in maintaining control of the Senate and House of Representatives have provided reasons to celebrate after local elections did not. In November 2015, the party’s candidate for town supervisor, Tom Knobel, was defeated by Larry Cantwell, the incumbent. Its two candidates for town board also suffered lopsided losses, and the composition of the town trustees swung from a 5-to-4 Republican majority to a 3-to-6 minority.
Soon after, Mr. Knobel was fired from his job at the Suffolk County Board of Elections and resigned as the committee’s chairman. In April, Mr. Cornelia, a longtime member of the committee and its vice chairman since 2014, was elected to lead it. Rebuilding morale was among the first items of business, he said at the time.