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."

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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