Judge Calls Out Golden and BOE on “Machinations” and Collusion with Lopez
In a stunning series of revelations, Jonathan Judge has alleged collusion between Marty Golden (aka The Golden Prince) and Democratic Party Boss Vito Lopez in the 44th City Council District race. He has also taken on the corrupt Board of Elections and their Chief “Stoogette in Charge” Diane Rudiano.
The news splashed across the blogosphere after a Democratic Party appointed Judge threw Mr. Judge off the ballot with a handful of signatures fewer that the required number. However, Mr. Judge claims that he has more than enough valid signatures (he collected 1200), which the Board of Elections itself previously ruled.
Here is the story from Vos Iz Neias (thanks to Isaac for forwarding it to us!):
Brooklyn, NY – Amid alleged dirty politics, Republican candidate Jonathan Judge was thrown off the ballot Tuesday for the special 44th District City Council election.
State Supreme Court Judge Larry Martin ruled that Judge only had 750 valid signatures on his petitions, 15 short of the needed 765.
The decision came about two weeks after the city’s Board of Elections (BOE) ruled that Judge had 786 valid signatures of his 1,221 signatures total collected.
Democratic candidate David Greenfield contested the signatures first at the BOE level and then in court. He had the backing of Kings County Democratic Party boss Vito Lopez and used noted election law attorney Carl Landicino, who Lopez often utilizes in such challenges.
“The ruling today is one absurdity on top of another. I had more than enough signatures,” said Judge. “This is the product of machinations of the Brooklyn Democratic machine under Vito Lopez and collusion with the Brooklyn Republican Party leadership and State Senator Marty Golden.”
Specifically, Judge maintained that the Board of Elections didn’t allow him to reinstate some 100 signatures collected by former Republican District leader Susan Cleary.
The signatures were disallowed by Diane Rudiano, chief clerk of the Brooklyn Board of Elections and the secretary of the Kings County Republican party.
The two worked together as poll site workers and yet Rudiano accepted the allegation that Cleary was not even a registered voter, said Judge.
Judge, who is appealing the decision on the state and possibly federal level, alleged Golden cut a deal with Lopez to support the liberal Greenfield in exchange for the Democratic Party boss to lay low in working for a Democrat to defeat Golden in the upcoming senatorial election.
Golden called the allegation one of the most ridiculous he’s heard in his life.
“Obviously he (Judge) didn’t do the work he should have and didn’t get enough signatures,” said Golden.
“He would have been a qualified candidate but he didn’t take responsibility for his own inactions,” he added.
Golden said he supported Greenfield two weeks before he found out any Republicans were running in the district and noted that Republican Kenneth Rice remains in the race.
Golden said three Democrats are running against him and he expects one to get the support of the Kings County Democratic Party.
The court decision comes as the Greenfield campaign continues to lose ground against Democrat Joe Lazar, who is also running for the seat.
It’s nice to see someone is finally taking Marty Golden to task for his insipid ways. He continues to embarrass himself, it would seem.
We’ll have further analysis and commentary soon!