2000-04-01 / Letters

No Back-Room Deals

Dear Editor;

As leader of the Conservative Party in 23 AD and Chairman of the Queens Conservative Party, I would like to respond to your editorial and other comments made by columnists in prior issues concerning the process in selecting a successor for the vacated seat held by Senator Alton Waldon, jr.

I met with each potential candidate who expressed an interest in running on the conservative line, which included Cynthia Jenkins, Andrew Jenkins, Gerry Borriello, Malcolm Smith, and The Wave’s own Beverly Baxter. I even approached the editor of The Wave about the possibility of his candidacy, upon which I received an immediate "No."

After some deliberation, Ms. Baxter informed me she would not be seeking nomination. Through process of elimination, the Executive Committee of the Queens Conservative Party endorsed Malcolm Smith because of his qualifications and his stance on education, crime, and support of the ban on partial-birth abortions.

I can assure you and your readers that the Conservative Party made an honest and sincere choice, not a so-called "deal."

THOMAS M. LONG

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