GOSHEN – Orange County Legislator Michael Anagnostakis’ diatribe
against the county Republican Party on Wednesday, where he accused leadership
with handpicking Thomas Basile to run for the State Senate seat in the
39th District, has been countered on Thursday by GOP Chairwoman Courtney
Anagnostakis said Basile was selected without any screening of all candidates,
but Greene said Anagnostakis, as a member of the committee, has been invited
to all events and meetings of the party. “He is conveniently ignorant
and dismissive of a process he claims to care about,” Greene said.
She said she “resents” Anagnostakis’ comments about
the hardworking members and elected officials; “they deserve his
respect – not being dragged through the mud by his personal agenda.”
Greene said there has been no Boss Tweed appointment as Anagnostakis claimed.
It has just been “simply traditional day-in day-out hard work by
Tom Basile, with tremendous deference to our great Senator Bill Larkin.”
Larkin has endorsed Basile along with several other elected officials
as well as state GOP and Conservative leaders.