Southold Democrats 'Overjoyed and Relieved' Over Obama Projected Win

Tensions were high leading up to the nail-biting Democratic projected victory at Front Street Station in Greenport.

Though local democrats looked to be losing in their own races in Election 2012, when national news outlets projected President Barack Obama the winner of Ohio and thus the election around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday night, all feelings of personal disappointment and anxiety disappeared at a Southold Democratic gathering at Front Street Station in Greenport.

"I feel like it's a great night for the country," said Jeri Woodhouse, who was behind in her race for Southold Town Trustee at the time of Obama's win. "We made a great choice on a national level, and I feel like I ran a great race with terrific support, I'm looking forward to more women getting involved in politics locally."

Leslie Weisman, chair of the Southold Town Zoning Board of Appeals, said she felt like she'd been wearing a corset of anxiety over this whole election.

"And now I can breathe," she said.

"I'm very happy," said Democrat Dan Horton. "But I really didn't think he'd lose — because Obama is coherent. Romney flip-flopped on everything he said. I don't think anyone really knows who Romney is."

"I feel overjoyed and relieved right now — I don't even know what it would feel like to have Romney as president," said Democrat Marie Domenici.

Democratic chairman Art Tillman said that despite losses on a local level, he said he felt the local democratic party was gaining strength.

"Sometimes, things take a long time, like a dentist scraping teeth," he said. "We will beat these guys."

BOB PALADIN November 07, 2012 at 04:55 AM
so glad all the dems are happy maybe those on the town board can buy some highway signs and get the lazy ones to put them, up in times of trouble....
Catherine Crook November 07, 2012 at 05:03 AM
YES!!! YES!!! YES!!!
joe insider November 07, 2012 at 05:10 AM
"like a dentist scraping teeth" Yes that is exactly the image Mr. Tillman wants to portray for the local democratic party. They are scraping our teeth! Perhaps he can modify the message of his party;"vote for us because we will make you feel like you are chewing on aluminum foil!" On Mr. Horton's points about Romney- he is correct. The guy couldn't tell us what he stood for because he didn't know. He wanted to be President so bad, he didn't want the little things like issues and points of view get in his way.
Bob Bittner November 07, 2012 at 11:05 AM
I ponder the future where our core values of Less Government is More which caused a Revolution in 1776 has morphed into More Goverment is Less in 2012
Tom November 07, 2012 at 01:26 PM
The problem is that the Southold Democrats are still "scraping teeth," while the Southold GOP is using ultrasound. So much for a "reinvigorated" local Dem party. "Rigor mortis" is more like it.
not a farmer November 07, 2012 at 01:50 PM
now all hail the food stamp and unemployment president. cnt wait to see the real numbers. we will get what we deserve.
george fahrbach November 07, 2012 at 02:16 PM
sad day for america--one step closer to communism---gonna be a long,4 yr. drag down
Benja Schwartz November 07, 2012 at 03:07 PM
How sad that Republicans reject republican principles. No common sense, no common ground, divided we fall. It is time to get real, Work together, or we will have to go forward without you.
Tom November 07, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Let's not forget one thing... which is immaterial nationally but very interesting locally: Romney beat Obama in Southold Town. Say what you will, but most of your neighbors voted for Romney.
marc sokol November 07, 2012 at 06:58 PM
We should also remember the businesses that chose to promote the Romney/Ryan ticket. All of the Obama supporters who live and visit the North Fork should consider making alternate choices rather than supporting businesses like Raphael Vineyards, Darts Christmas Tree Farm, Creative Environmental Design, Scoops, and Abatelli Realty.
Tom November 07, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Ah yes, you're advocating for the the "Revenge" method. Very unifying that... I'm sure your Obama would approve ;-/
marc sokol November 07, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Why would any business looking for customers alienate half of its prospects? Just bad business. I know how you feel, i lived through the horror of both Bushes, and Reagan.
joe insider November 07, 2012 at 08:50 PM
How delightfully petty of you. While I am no huge fan of Romney, I don't care for Obama either. My attorney had an Obama sticker on his car. I would like to think that we are mature adults that can disagree on who should be elected President and still have a professional and personal relationship dispite our differing views. Frankly, I think we should encourage more involvement in the process by individuals and businesses regardless of which party they support. Democracy is a good thing not something you should be "punished" for.
Tom November 07, 2012 at 09:56 PM
And yes, expressing one's views and opinions should be rewarded by financial penalty. I get it, I really do. And on the other side, those who were pleased with the Republican wins should not patronize businesses which had Obama/Bishop signs displayed. So this is how you expect us to get along? Vindictiveness? I'm sure I can find that somewhere in the Democratic Handbook.... not likely.
Ole Grouch November 07, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Resolves any doubts I had about half my neighbors being idiots.
Ole Grouch November 07, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Ask some of the businesses around here who casually insist on Republican support before they will hire or contract with you. Is it true we once had a newspaper that saw all its advertising dry up when it made the fatal mistake of endorsing a Democrat for local office? Some businesses around here feel safe that the old ways are still the best ways, but times are changing, and if someone wants to put an Altschuler sign in his business window and risk losing my business, he will probably lose my business. If he believes so fondly in the cause, he'll accept that risk. Personally, I don't mind discussion anywhere, but your place of business is no place for candidate advocacy-- and it usually doesn't help your candidate nearly as much as it pisses people off.
Cyn F November 08, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Why are republicans such nasty store losers? I'm sick of all the whining


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