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May 9, 2017 11:01 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Sag Harbor Woman Wants To Challenge Zeldin In 2018 Midterm Election

May 9, 2017 2:14 PM

A Sag Harbor woman has announced her intention to challenge U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin in 2018, becoming the first person to declare interest in unseating the incumbent Republican who just won reelection to New York’s 1st Congressional District in November.

Hannah Selinger, 36, a trained sommelier, longtime activist and lifelong Democrat, said on Monday that last week’s narrow approval of the American Health Care Act in the House of Representatives—a bill that was supported by Mr. Zeldin and designed to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act—inspired her to throw her hat in the ring 18 months before the next congressional election.

“It’s deeply unpopular in the district,” said Ms. Selinger, who is originally from New York City and moved to the East End six years ago, about the American Health Care Act. She added that she thinks the legislation, which still needs to be approved in the U.S. Senate, is “bad for New York and bad for the country.”

To help fund her effort, Ms. Selinger, who writes a wine column for the Arts & Living section of The Press, launched a GoFundMe page and, as of Tuesday morning, had raised more than $1,200 of her $5,000 goal.

Though she describes herself as more of a progressive candidate, Ms. Selinger said she would like to address issues that concern all individuals, such as climate change and the economy.

While she has no prior experience running for public office, and would still need to secure Democratic Party endorsement, Ms. Selinger thinks she is a solid candidate. She noted that she worked as a congressional intern for Democratic U.S. Representative Nita Lowey, who represents the Bronx, in 1999, and is a member of the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons.

She also noted that she participated in a protest outside of Trump Towers in New York City in November while she was nine months pregnant, and also attended the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., in January. She and her domestic partner, Dan Palmer, now have a 5-month-old son, Nathaniel Palmer.

“I’ve always been engaged in social issues,” Ms. Selinger said. “I’m young, I’m engaged and I want what’s best—not only for the district, but also for the country … I may not have the national or local governmental experience, but I think we’ve seen over the last year that’s not necessary for public office anymore.”

State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., also of Sag Harbor, has said he is “actively exploring” the possibility of a challenge to Mr. Zeldin’s House seat, but he said on Tuesday, “I do not expect to make a decision until later this year.”

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I love when people from NYC spend a couple years here and think they can speak for us. Yea, please tell me all about how the people of Flanders feel about healthcare from your home in Sag Harbor.... the east end progressives are so out of touch, it would be hilarious if someone as scary and dangerous as Lee Zealot weren't in control.

I'm not saying this is a poor candidate. I'm saying that someone from here, who knows the east end in and out, should represent the district. It is a complaint ...more
By Brandon Quinn (88), Hampton Bays on May 9, 17 12:10 PM
So quit complaining and run yourself!
By ValGal03 (37), Montauk on May 11, 17 11:33 AM
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No plans, just throw the hat in the ring. WOW
By knitter (650), Southampton on May 9, 17 1:16 PM
This woman should stop her wineing
By joe hampton (2749), The Hamptons on May 9, 17 4:25 PM
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Yet again, the "right wing" posters here stun us with their maturity.
By Mr. Z (8875), North Sea on May 9, 17 9:57 PM
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Just wait till Bill Clinton gets his "mature" hands on her !
By pw herman (437), southampton on May 10, 17 8:06 AM
Huh?!?!
By ValGal03 (37), Montauk on May 11, 17 11:34 AM
Yes, YES YES!

This "evil white heterosexual male" definitely wants you to run!

I'd love to see another bonfire of cash from the local leftist hedge funders, bankers, and the rest of the mini-me George Soros limousine liberals.

(Don't forget to squelch your views on gun control, as Anna Thrown-Out blamed that issue for costing her the election, and highlight your desire for illegal aliens to be rewarded with legal status!)
By MoronEliminator (49), Montauk on May 9, 17 4:44 PM
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Outstanding candidate with stellar credentials- writes a wine column, describes herself as a progressive, worked as an intern for a Bronx congress woman in 1999, attended the protest outside of Trump tower while 9 months pregnant went to the women's march in DC. What a freaking wing nut! Run please run.
By bigfresh (2675), north sea on May 9, 17 5:22 PM
The Dems need to distance themselves from this nonsense if they ever want seats back.
By chief1 (2253), southampton on May 9, 17 7:30 PM
you all seem to be forgetting that the majority of voters in the district do not live here. they live in riverbed,shirley, and the north fork,and are heavily republican . a wine expert from sag harbor ain't going to cut it. remember what happened to anna.
By wmdwjr (74), east hampton on May 10, 17 1:45 AM
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Couldn't agree more.

I'm envisioning a bubba, pick-up truck, gun rack, hunting gear from Shirley who is scared sh**less about getting health insurance for his daughter with a pre-existing condition.
By aging hipster (116), Southampton on May 10, 17 6:19 AM
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Is it just me or does it look like it was wine tasting day when they took this picture. Probably the same day she made the decision to run. At least she has raised some money thanks to contributions from Mr Z and June bug
By razza5350 (1835), East Hampton on May 10, 17 7:50 AM
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More tasting, less imbibing...May I recommend Amos Goodman as a campaign adviser? Good luck!
By Toma Noku (512), Southampton on May 10, 17 10:18 AM
OK so women are still trying to rule the world, which is fine. As soon as this gendercide is over it's probably going to be 203,5 and by then robots will be terminating the human race.

The bigger question is at hand....."Hannah Selinger, 36, a trained sommelier". Does any one know what a trained Sommelier is? and are they something we should be concerned about?!
By Harbor Master (68), Sag Harbor on May 11, 17 11:12 AM
I'd be more concerned about a real estate developer, reality tv producer with an outsized ego and small hands...:)
By Toma Noku (512), Southampton on May 11, 17 11:33 AM
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I support this young woman looking to strike out against this cad. However i am concerned is it even legal to fund a campaign with a self made go fund me page?
By CleanWaters (44), Southampton on May 11, 17 9:06 PM
Lifetime Democrat, Longtime Activist, Member of the League of Women Voters. First a story highlighting The League of Women Voters honoring the head of OLA at there 40th anniversary. Now the League of Women Voters give us a self proclaimed "Progressive Candidate" for congress. I'm beginning to think that the League of Women Voters may not be non-partisan, and they are the people that host the local political debates.
By Gillnetter (61), Hampton Bays on May 11, 17 9:13 PM
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May be what government needs a sommelier to serve wine or whine while in session.
By knitter (650), Southampton on May 12, 17 7:46 AM
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Outstanding qualifications for a government position...

A sommelier (/ˈsɒməljeɪ/ or /sʌməlˈjeɪ/; French pronunciation: ​[sɔməlje]), or wine steward, is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, normally working in fine restaurants, who specializes in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food pairing.
By Harbor Master (68), Sag Harbor on May 12, 17 7:14 PM
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The current political climate engendering involvement from any and all directions to me equals the democratic process at its height.
By Vikki K (480), Southampton on May 12, 17 10:39 PM
A Wino or a Veteran/Attorney....
Hmmm...
By Draggerman (611), Southampton on May 14, 17 5:46 PM
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