The politician cares about voters and the cost of a project. A leader cares about people and the wisdom of a project. A politician has a strategy to win the election. A leader has a vision for a better community. A politician makes promises. A leader builds a consensus.
Perhaps James Freeman Clarke said it best: “The difference between a politician and a statesman is that a politician thinks about the next election, while the statesman thinks about the next generation.”
As our current supervisor fast-tracks the overdevelopment of our town into a replica of Queens, we have a choice. A politician is an office-holder who sticks his moistened finger in the wind to see what the political outcome will be before he acts on any issue. The winds have changed, and the people want their Southampton back.
On Election Day, Jay’s emphasis on the wealthy and spending our money foolishly will end.
Our current supervisor is a politician, not a leader, and never a statesman.
Greg RobinsNorth SeaMr. Robins is the Republican nominee for Southampton Town supervisor — Ed.
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