Queens GOP Witnesses Somewhat Embarrassing Struggle for Chairmanship
Brooklyn is no stranger to close, controversial elections for GOP chairman. Last fall is a perfect example of that. But a friend of ours recently emailed us a story of interest about our GOP neighbors from the North. Apparently, in Queens, two men are claiming the crown to the GOP.
Here’s the story from the NYPost:
Who’s the Republican king of Queens?
Longtime GOP county Chairman Philip Ragusa and his perpetual challenger, Bart Haggerty, both claim the office.
Haggerty, who worked on Mayor Bloomberg‘s re-election campaign last summer, filed papers with the Board of Elections saying he was voted chairman of the Queens County GOP on Oct. 3 at a Flushing reception hall.
That’s the same date and location that Ragusa says he was re-elected.
“I opened the meeting as the sitting chair, and after all the votes were cast and counted, I was declared chairman of the executive committee and chairman of Queens County,” Ragusa said.
But Haggerty insists he won — and alleges that Ragusa’s team used a faulty counting system.
“I believe I was elected, and I am operating as chair,” Haggerty told The Post.
The Queens GOP relies on a weighted vote system that doesn’t comply with state law, Haggerty said. But Haggerty once tried to litigate that point and his case was dismissed, said a lawyer for the Queens Republicans.
“The weighted system is legal. We could change the weighted count, and the only thing that would be different is the margin of Haggerty’s loss,” the lawyer said.
From the Post.
Are things just in bad in Queens as they are here in Brooklyn?
We don’t know.
We’ll see what else we hear, and we always welcome your opinions and thoughts!