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Dirty Campaign Job


To The Editor,

On October 29, in mid-afternoon, a grown man was caught driving around Hampton Bays stealing and defacing Treewolf West's campaign signs from the side of the road. What makes this behavior not only criminal but reprehensible is that said grown man was enlisting the services of a 10-year-old boy to do the dirty work. This man also displayed shameful cowardice by speeding away in his SUV when confronted by volunteers helping Treewolf West post his signs.

The Southampton Town Police were contacted, a report was filed and now Treewolf West must spend time, energy and money responding to abhorrent behavior of the type which has created doubt as to whether the Republican Party truly espouses moral and family values.

Political races such as these are always difficult. They require a great deal of sacrifice in the way of time, effort and money. Treewolf West has been running an honest and honorable campaign and should expect the same of the opposition.

The man who has now taught a young boy to steal and run away from his wrong deeds should correct this miserable example of manhood and return the stolen signs and, in fact, replace them to where they were first installed.

If this man committed these acts in support of his Republican assemblyman, Treewolf West's opponent, the incumbent should denounce this person and this behavior. If the incumbent was part of the behavior maybe it's time to find employment outside government service since honesty and sound morals are essential for the trust of the public.

This November 7, we will all have the opportunity to act on our own behalf in a civically responsible manner by supporting the candidate of our choice at the polls. Be certain to exercise this valuable right, have your voice heard and remember to vote.

MARK WEST
October 31, 2006

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