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Oct 14, 2016 1:38 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin, Anna Throne-Holst Debate Thursday Night

Anna Throne-Holst and Lee Zeldin debate at Westhampton Beach High School on Thursday night.  DANA SHAW
Oct 18, 2016 5:36 PM

U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin and Democratic challenger Anna Throne-Holst hammered each other on gun control, shared strategies to help veterans, and even voiced their opinions on the second presidential debate during their own debate held last week in the Westhampton Beach High School auditorium.

Sitting in front of an estimated 200 people at the event, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons, on October 13, the candidates quickly brought the conversation to gun control. Ms. Throne-Holst, a former Southampton Town supervisor, accused Mr. Zeldin of opposing an expansion of background checks for those looking to purchase firearms and voting in favor of allowing people on the federal government’s terrorist watch list to be allowed to buy them. “He dances around the subject, but that is in fact what he has done,” Ms. Throne-Holst said.

In her most recent campaign commercial, she accuses her Republican opponent of voting against the gun control measure, which seeks to keep such weapons out of the hands of terrorists, 25 times. He has since voted against the measure three more times since the political advertisement aired, according to her campaign.

Mr. Zeldin rejected those claims as “a flat-out lie.”

“It polls really, really, really well if you can convince voters that your opponent wants terrorists to be able to purchase firearms,” Mr. Zeldin said. “Well, I’ve been doing my part my entire life to make sure there is no threat to American security here at home or abroad. I will continue to do my part.”

He explained that he has repeatedly voted against the measure, introduced by U.S. Representative Peter King, a fellow Republican representing New York’s 2nd District, because House Democrats have significantly altered the intent of the legislation in the wake of the June mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that left 49 people dead and another 53 wounded. As part of that effort, the bill has been piggybacked with other unrelated legislation—such as a proposal that would make it impossible for a non-citizen to earn citizenship if he or she is ever convicted of human trafficking—in a maneuver on the House floor, prompting both Mr. Zeldin and Mr. King, the bill’s sponsor, to vote against the measure.

He said he supports a similar measure penned by Republican leaders, which would restrict the sale of guns to those on a government terrorist watch list, but put the responsibility on the government to prove they are a danger.

The candidates also discussed local issues, including how to help veterans. Ms. Throne-Holst said she would focus on making sure veterans had access to jobs, housing and medical care. “We are not doing enough,” she said. “We have seen reports repeatedly over the last several years that the [Veterans Administration] hospital in Northport isn’t able to provide services. It’s underserved.

“I will make sure that every veteran who comes back has jobs and access to job training,” Ms. Throne-Holst continued. “There are not-for-profits that are going to work on this. We are going to use our educational system, there are companies that want to hire veterans on Long Island but need to make sure they are trained for it, and we will roll out those programs to make sure that happens.”

Mr. Zeldin, who served in the U.S. Army for four years and is now a major in the Army Reserves, explained that when he was a state senator, he created the Private 1st Class Joseph P. Dwyer Veteran Peer Support Program, which was designed to assists those veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, and traumatic brain injuries.

“Here in Suffolk County, we have too many veterans who feel isolated,” Mr. Zeldin said. “They don’t realize there are other veterans in our community who are going through exactly what they are going through. But there are people they can call, strangers, who will drop everything to come over and lend a helping arm.”

The candidates were equally split when it came to national politics. Ms. Throne-Holst expressed her support for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party’s nominee for president, while slamming Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for being a “sexual predator,” referring to recent reports in which nine women have accused him of sexual assault.

“I don’t see how anyone can support a sexual predator, an individual who disparages a Gold Star family, an individual who makes fun of people with disabilities,” Ms. Throne-Holst said. “I don’t know how anyone checks their moral compass, who is in elected office and understands what it takes to be in an elected office, and thinks that it is okay to support someone who is all of what I just said.”

Ms. Throne-Holst acknowledged during the debate that Ms. Clinton “made a mistake” with the confidential emails she sent through her family’s private server while employed as Secretary of State, but doesn’t think that she should be in jail—as repeatedly stated by Mr. Trump at the most recent presidential debate—explaining that she believes the legal process was completed properly.

“She made a mistake with her email server—there is no question about that,” Ms. Throne-Holst said. “She’s taken responsibility for it … We have two candidates. One them is going to win the White House and one that is going to make an appointment, or several, to the Supreme Court. One of them, Hillary Rodham Clinton, is going to make sure that appointee will … get the dark money out of politics.”

Mr. Zeldin said that he was angry that Ms. Clinton wasn’t held accountable for crimes she committed, referring to her emails.

“The conflicts of the Clinton Foundation, with the fact that she mishandled classified information, having a server in her basement—these were crimes that were committed,” Mr. Zeldin said. “Fortunately, every single day we have people going to court for much less fractions, yet Hillary Clinton is not being held accountable for the crimes in the judicial system and that is deeply unfortunate.”

Mr. Zeldin endorsed Mr. Trump during last week’s debate, though he noted that “neither of our candidates are perfect.”

“I endorsed Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton,” Mr. Zeldin said. “I have some serious issues with Hillary Clinton and her record. This is not just about electing a president for the next four years. This is also about the future of our Supreme Court for maybe the next 40 [years].”

The candidates will debate again on Saturday, October 22, at 2 p.m., at the Southampton Arts Center. Moderator Joseph P. Shaw, executive editor of The Press News Group, will preside over the one-hour discussion, which will be held without time limits or other typical debate restrictions.

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ATH and her progressive liberal agenda will destroy the east end. Her campaign is built on lies and deceptions meant to sound appealing to uninformed voters. However anybody who takes the time to study and understand exactly what she's proposing, will recognize the insanity of her vision for our community.

Go Lee!!
By BillWillConn3 (170), Southampton on Oct 14, 16 7:55 PM
Bloomberg is backing her, just as he is backing hillery. Both liers...
By knitter (1604), Southampton on Oct 15, 16 4:24 AM
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Madam President...Supreme Court Justice Loretta Lynch...:)
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on Oct 15, 16 9:30 AM
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Since when was agh ALWAYS a democrat???
By knitter (1604), Southampton on Oct 16, 16 6:02 AM
Since when was ath ALWAYS a democrat??? LIES
By knitter (1604), Southampton on Oct 16, 16 6:03 AM
This comment has been removed because it is a duplicate, off-topic or contains inappropriate content.
By SlimeAlive (1102), Southampton on Oct 16, 16 6:24 AM
to pw herman:

Zeldin's service record is not at issue. He served honorably.

However, in his latter career, in Congress, his service record has been abysmal. Were there a provision in the constitution to replace members for "failure to perform their duties", Zeldin would be gone.

All representatives are expected to protect and defend the constitution, that's a given (and, even in this absolutely fundamental obligation, Lee's prostration before the Likud Party of Israel ...more
By highhatsize (3886), East Quogue on Oct 17, 16 4:39 AM
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The proof of your argument is the lack of news stories? If we are to survive, think Katrina? The East End? Exactly what legislation on a piece of paper in a file cabinet in DC is going to stop erosion? You have an axe to grind which is evidenced by your achingly ridiculous references to the Likud party of Israel. And all this leads to your glowing endorsement of the ath as ''all we've got''? Did you intend to shoot a blank?
Oct 17, 16 8:45 AM appended by SlimeAlive
By the way, this country was founded on the premise that we can do it without the federal government. You are out of phase with the philosophy of your nation. The federal complex was responsible for Katrina. Think Army Corps of Engineers. Think Levies.
By SlimeAlive (1102), Southampton on Oct 17, 16 8:45 AM
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Thank you SA!!!!!
By Biba (504), East Hampton on Oct 17, 16 9:45 AM
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BRAVO SIERRA HH
By bigfresh (4045), north sea on Oct 17, 16 6:09 AM
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It was only a matter of time....


["sigh"]
By Biba (504), East Hampton on Oct 17, 16 6:28 AM
to pw herman:

Quote:

"The proof of your argument is the lack of news stories? If we are to survive, think Katrina? The East End? Exactly what legislation on a piece of paper in a file cabinet in DC is going to stop erosion? You have an axe to grind which is evidenced by your achingly ridiculous references to the Likud party of Israel. And all this leads to your glowing endorsement of the ath as ''all we've got''? Did you intend to shoot a blank?"
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You ...more
Oct 17, 16 11:16 AM appended by highhatsize
to Sturgis: Apologies. As you noted (infra) this post should have been addressed to you and not to pw herman.
By highhatsize (3886), East Quogue on Oct 17, 16 11:16 AM
That's not the only thing you don't like about Lee. You're so flustered you addressed your response to the wrong person
Oct 17, 16 12:43 PM appended by Sturgis
Hahaha no, you're still flustered.
By Sturgis (505), Southampton on Oct 17, 16 12:43 PM
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Gun control is all ATH can come up with? Lol Anna gun licensing is only for the honest not the crooks. Hmm let me rob a bank tonight oh wait I have to register my gun lol
By chief1 (2605), southampton on Oct 17, 16 11:54 AM
Anna Throne-Holst: As Southampton Town Supervisor, turned a $5 million Republican-caused deficit into a $4 million surplus without raising taxes, reduced borrowing by 38%, restored the town's AAA credit rating, and initiated the Sustainability Committee, the Water Technology Advisory Project, and the Riverside Development Task Force.

Lee Zeldin: As State Senator and Congressman, opposed marriage equality, a woman's right to choose, the Iran nuclear agreement, and the no-fly no-buy gun ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1906), Quiogue on Oct 17, 16 4:05 PM
Anna Throne-Holst: As Southampton Town Supervisor, turned a $5 million Republican-caused deficit into a $4 million surplus without raising taxes, reduced borrowing by 38%, restored the town's AAA credit rating, and initiated the Sustainability Committee, the Water Technology Advisory Project, and the Riverside Development Task Force.

Lee Zeldin: As State Senator and Congressman, opposed marriage equality, a woman's right to choose, the Iran nuclear agreement, and the no-fly no-buy gun ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1906), Quiogue on Oct 17, 16 4:05 PM
At what cost to services did she balance the budget. The people in HB and Flanders paid the price. The public facilities have had deferred maintenance. She may have been there for a photo op for the Riverside Development, but she practically had the head of the Flanders civic begging for a snow blower. Thanks but no thanks. She had her chance.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Oct 18, 16 6:54 PM
ATH was the beneficiary of increased transfer and mortgage tax revenues. She also has a police department short 10 officers with a headquarters in disrepair. Turkey are you really saying that ATH single handedly fixed the credit crisis? Lmao!!!
By chief1 (2605), southampton on Oct 18, 16 8:34 PM
as long as the person has a D after their name TB will vote for them
By razza5350 (1906), East Hampton on Oct 25, 16 10:51 AM
that goes for HHS as well. Brink back bishop LOL
By razza5350 (1906), East Hampton on Oct 25, 16 10:52 AM
That too Chie1 - the old police chief was practically begging to get his budget. It made me sick. It no wonder there are gangs in the Town of Southampton.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Oct 18, 16 9:01 PM
Since it appears Trump is probably going to win the vote on the East End, someone should tell ATH that running ads linking Zeldin to Trump is not helping her prospects.
By bird (755), Sag Harbor on Oct 26, 16 10:44 PM
Lee Zeldin all the way!
Re: ATH's advertising~ why not tell us what you have accomplished instead of promoting the nasty story lines you chose to run with?
By Hamptonsseashell (359), on Oct 27, 16 3:52 PM
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who can ATH have as friends (think developers) in that posittion?) No one!! Lee has done a great job in the past 2 years and deserves to be re-elected.
By xtiego (683), bridgehampton on Oct 27, 16 9:11 PM
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