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East Hampton GOP Set To Honor Rudy Giuliani as "A True American Hero"

First major political fundraiser of the season brings in a heavy hitter.

In the first major fundraiser for the East Hampton Republican candidates this election season, Rudy Giuliani will be honored later this month, just two weeks before the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Giuliani and his wife Judith signed-on for the in the midst of a busy speaking schedule because of their friendship with the best-selling author Steven Gaines, who is looking to snatch up a seat on the town board.

"Rudy and Judith Giuliani have been great friends of mine a pretty long time," Gaines said, adding that he worked, unofficially, on the former New York City mayor's campaign for the Republican nomination in 2008.

The couple, who keep a home in nearby Water Mill, offered to throw a fundraiser for Gaines, he said. In turn, he asked if the East Hampton Republican Committee could honor Giuliani leading up to the anniversary of 9/11.

The invitations, which went on Monday, calls Giuliani "a true American hero."

Giuliani has been hailed for his leadership during the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

The fundraiser will be held at the East Hampton home of Ted and Carol Conklin, also friends of Gaines. Ted Conklin owns the in Sag Harbor, where Gaines did his radio show for seven years.

Tickets are $200.

Money raised will support the re-election campaign of Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson, a former Disney executive who is seeking re-election, as well as hopefuls Gaines and Richard Haeg, a private investigator and former police detective.

Gaines has written Philistines at the Hedgerow, Passion and Property in the Hamptons and The Love You Make: An Insiders Story of the Beatles, and is also a co-founder of the .

When Gaines was doing a television show for PlumTV and a radio show on Peconic Public Broadcasting, the former WLIU, the Giuliani were guests of his each Fourth of July weekend, he said.

"They are a tremendously supportive of all of their friends," Gaines said, adding, "They were very encouraging to me when I said I was thinking of running for office."

Nanci e. LaGarenne August 16, 2011 at 11:55 AM
Wow. Big shindig! I am a local in EH 221/2 yrs. I grew up in Brookyn, my dad was an NYPD cop for 35 yrs. My husband an NYPD helicopter pilot on scene at 911 trying to rescue people off towers. I am a writer for Dan's. And an unpublished fiction writer, and neighborhood activist trying to save the drinking water and quality of life out here. I am running for Trustee. Anyone want to throw the Dems and Working Families Parties a fundraiser? Alec? John Bon Jovi? Renee Z? Joy B? Donna K? Jerry S? Paul S? Sir Paul? Big fan of all! Doesn't hurt to ask, that is what my mother always told me.
David Klopman August 16, 2011 at 12:17 PM
LOL @ a true american hero. I wonder if his kids and ex wives who he treated so well would second that? Please. He's about as much a hero as Bernie Kerik. How about giving it to someone who actually did something during 9/11?
pat August 16, 2011 at 01:04 PM
So tired of this guy. Can't he just go away? Mr. G., your time in the sun is long gone. Guess East Hampton GOP just trying to run away from its right wing, and it is slim pickings out there.
Nanci e. LaGarenne August 17, 2011 at 01:28 PM
birds of a feather.....
MARTIN DREW August 17, 2011 at 03:03 PM
The GOP money and celebrity can't take over "our town" again ; Vote for a local this year; MARTIN DREW (B) FOR SUPERVISOR ; Stop political arrogance ; time to take back East Hampton; Locals unite ; find a voice in this election . Register to vote and the choice is yours ; Don't and the choice is theirs . Can we live with "their" choice again ? VOTE : MARTIN DREW (B) FOR SUPERVISOR !
Nanci e. LaGarenne August 17, 2011 at 07:43 PM
Why not Zach Cohen for Superviser! He actually is On the ballot!
Mary Beth August 21, 2011 at 02:55 PM
Rudy Giuliani is among the most despicable of all 9/11 profiteers using his coincidental relationship to that tragedy to pad his own pockets and sate his own insatiable ego. Their celebration of him as a "hero" says all you need to know about the East Hampton republican party. Pathetic.
MARTIN DREW August 21, 2011 at 03:37 PM
Zac Cohen has yet to include ALL citizens in his ideology. Bill Wilkinson has made his discrimination known . Equality is the new way . Laws and political arrogance keep local desires as outlaws. Write in : Martin Drew (B) FOR SUPERVISOR just because a person is on a ballot does NOT mean that person is representing the ENTIRE population . I wish Zac only the best . IF he wants more support at the voting booth ; better find solutions instead of continued discrimination ; locals have had enough ie; the reason I stepped up to voice issues politicians would rather brush under the carpet in a effort to avoid a segment of the population that desire inclusion in our town Ms LaGarenne arw you not a candidate yourself ? You should disclose that fact IF indeed you are . Have a great day . See you around the campaign trail .

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