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Assemblyman Thiele to Run Unopposed; Challenger Withdraws

Jeremy Brandt, of Hampton Bays, pulls out of state Assembly race.

For the first time in his 25-year political career, New York State Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. will run unopposed.

This week, challenger Jeremy Brandt, 36, of Hampton Bays, withdrew from the Assembly race. 

Brandt, a registered Conservative, aimed to procure the support of the Suffolk County Republican Committee via a Wilson Pakula, a document in which a party grants its nomination to a non-member. However, Suffolk Republican Chairman John Jay LaValle refused to sign the document, which would have allowed Brandt to run on the Republican line.

By not signing the Wilson Pakula, LaValle left the Republicans without a candidate.

"For reasons unbeknownst to me, I did not get the support from the party chairman," Brandt said. "I have no ill will toward LaValle. I understand that it is a business decision and I can't speculate as to why the decision was made."

Prior to this week, Brandt said he had the support of East Hampton, Southampton and Brookhaven Republicans and had even procured more than triple the signatures required to run on the Republican line. 

"This was a tough pill to swallow, but there will be other races," said Brant, a plumber who owns a business in Sag Harbor, where he grew up. 

Brandt said he had high hopes of winning the Assembly seat to offer a voice to the working class people of the East End. 

"I felt that our generation needed to be heard. Thiele has changed his stripes too many times and that is one thing that irritates me. He is a political opportunist."

Thiele, meanwhile, said he is looking forward to a stress-free campaign season, but said he does plan to get out and meet his constituents. 

"My intent is to still campaign and talk to people about my accomplishments."

Those accomplishments, said Thiele, who is running for his ninth term, including helping to eliminate the MTA tax, ensuring that Stony Brook Southampton is operational, reducing taxes and creating an improved business climate. 

"I feel have a good record," Thiele said.

Before joining the Assembly in 1995, Thiele was the supervisor of Southampton Town, and a Suffolk County legislator before that.

To find out what LaValle had to say, click here.

George Soros July 18, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Isn't there a head of cabbage, a pencil sharpner or even a box of facial tissue that would like to run against this guy, I could guarantee a close race.
Preliator July 18, 2012 at 05:25 PM
There was but you have idiotic party bosses like LaValle who stink it up.
Surfprotector July 18, 2012 at 06:48 PM
I am convinced that he could never lose...he's invincible. He could die...someone would prop up his stuffed body..and run his corpse..and he'd still win. Masterful politician.
Preliator July 18, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Easy to win when no one runs against you; we deserve a choice in November instead of having to accept this dullard again.
Mrs. Sea July 18, 2012 at 08:04 PM
I cannot believe we are stuck with Thiele for another term. Very upsetting.
George Soros July 18, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Look on the bright side, Fred is looking forward to a stress-free campaign season. And hey, when you finish the fiscal year $500,000,000 in the red and your only answer to the deficit is to raise beach fees and install more red light monitors, you at least deserve a stress-free campaign season.
Richard Blumenthal July 19, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Mr. Thiele's "tax cutting" included strenuously arguing for the teachers union's version of the tax cap - pierce the cap at anything over 50%, which is no cap at all. Even Cuomo and most of the Dems wanted the 60%. He wants to spend hundreds of millions of tax dollars on ridiculous mass transit for the East End, windmills and solar panels. He's one of the most liberal members of the Assembly and it's just a real shame there's no opposition from the Republicans.
Surfprotector July 19, 2012 at 01:22 AM
But let's give the guy some well deserved recognition..who else would have the "LIGHT YEARS AHEAD" foresight, to propose a bill that would give back Camp Hero state park to an Indian tribe?? The man is a modern day Bugsy Siegel...just the thought of having a casino...so conveniently located near where we fish and surf...makes me want to vote for him twice!!
George Soros July 19, 2012 at 10:23 AM
I'm writing in the plumber. Unclogging toilets is exactly the talent that someone needs to get things moving in the right direction in Albany.
free wheeling July 19, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Isn't Fred Thiele still running the Town of Southampton? Look a little closer.
Lady L July 20, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Alas, is there no one who will fight for conservative values against Thiele? Where are the men and women of backbone? Why didn't Jeremy run as an independent or conservative, at least we could have given Thiele a run for his money. Maybe we should all write in Jeremy Brandt!
North Fork Bob July 23, 2012 at 02:52 AM
I think you'd do George--almost
Algebra July 23, 2012 at 06:08 PM
yes free wheeling he his. As a member of the Independance Party, always getting the Democratic endorsement, he runs the 5 member Southampton Town Board with a 3 to 2 Republican/Consevative Majority. Can you tell me how that math works again?
Algebra July 25, 2012 at 03:21 PM
You are speaking of county issues, when Mr. Thiele is a state assemblyman. Typical voter, pretty much clueless.

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