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Judge Calls Out Golden and BOE on “Machinations” and Collusion with Lopez

March 9, 2010

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!

  1. Diane Rudiano??? permalink
    March 10, 2010 1:26 am

    That that harpy Rudiano is involved in this is NO SHOCK to me:

    Sloan vs. Diane Rudiano, King’s County Republican Party

    “Diane Haslett-Rudiano is the chief clerk of the King’s County Board of Elections. She has embarked on an elaborate partisan campaign to stop Plaintiff from becoming a candidate for US Congress in her dual capacity of also being the Secretary of the King’s County Republican Party.”

  2. More Sources Pick Up This Story permalink
    March 10, 2010 1:40 am

    The story is also on the Post’s website and Courier:

  3. Pyrric Victory permalink
    March 10, 2010 1:55 am

    “….a victory with such devastating cost to the victor, it carries the implication that another such will ultimately cause defeat.”

  4. MaryAnn McKenna permalink
    March 10, 2010 7:54 am

    Regarding the alleged collusion between Marty Golden-turd (aka The Golden Prince) and Democratic Party Boss Vito Lopez in the 44th City Council District race, we will keep pressing on with this issue (and keep bringing it to the news) as well as the corrupt mismanagement of the KCRC by “The Duke of Bay Ridge,” the affluent multi-millionaire Craig A. Eaton Esq.

    Diane Rudiano, chief clerk of the Brooklyn Board of Elections and the secretary of the Kings County Republican party, will be exposed for the contemptible witch, bitch and piece of excrement she has been.

    The chickens may come home to roost…..

  5. Alison Nash permalink
    March 10, 2010 7:57 am

    what does this mean? chickens come home to roost?

    Answer: you have to face the consequences of your mistakes or bad deeds.

  6. Cicero permalink
    March 10, 2010 8:12 am

    This event may be of interest to ASIB readers!

    NYYRC Monthly Meeting- Thursday, March 18, 2010
    7:00pm – 8:30pm (1900 to 2030 hours)
    3 West 51st b/w 5th and 6th Ave., Manhattan

    Special Guest Speakers:

    Keynote: Andrew Wilkow- Political talk radio host on the Sirius Patriot channel. Wilkow hosts “The Wilkow Majority” show.

    Orit Sklar- My Food My Choice- Grassroots coalition to promote the advancement of consumer choice in the marketplace

    Rev. Michael Faulkner-Candidate for NY 15th Congressional District (Harlem, Inwood, Marble Hill, Spanish Harlem, Washington Heights, Morningside Heights, portions of Upper West Side)

    Michael Allegretti – Candidate for NY 13 Congressional District (Staten Island, Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights, Gravesend, Brooklyn)

    Non-Members welcome!

    Please RSVP:

    Join us in the Pub after for drinks, food and discussion. Cash Only.

  7. Wag-the-Dog permalink
    March 10, 2010 9:30 am

    To paraphrase Eliza D.M. Poppins, “Just a spoonful of medicine makes you ga-a-a-aggg on the sugar.”

    First the medicine: JJ’s petition effort was weak and fundamentally flawed— it was a real amateurish show. If you want to play with the big boys, learn the big boys’ rules. Instead of lashing-out at the people who have spent years learning and practicing the game the way that it is actually played— learn from them, learn from your own mistakes; and as any good beat cop will tell you, learn to say “Move along, there is nothing to see here.”

    Don’t focus on anything tht highlights your own failures, it’s never good politics. Unless, like me, you’re a kamikaze-Cody Jarret-type Republican.

    Now the sugar: in spite of its shortcomings, JJ’s petition did have enough valid signatures to qualify to run in this special election for City Council and that fact was certified by the Board of Elections. In addition to what was certified by the Board of Elections, there are many, many, many good signatures on the petitions subscribed by Susan Cleary that have yet to be properly adjudicated.

    Although JJ might have some success on an appeal in the New York State Courts, more likely, his real relief will come from the Federal Court. NYS Supreme Court Justice Martin has ruled JJ off of the ballot; if JJ is restored to the ballot, all that has really happened is the passage of hours and days. As some TJIUA commentator put it so well, “Tick-Tock, tick- tock…..”

    Remember, I said that Jonathan Judge represented an existential threat to the Republican establishment in Brooklyn. Nothing that has happened in the last few days changes that one bit. Even as we chatter-away on this blog— there is a “Republican candidate” on the ballot in this special election— that was not part of the KCRP Chairman Craig Eaton and Marty Golden game plan. JJ has already moved the pile in Brooklyn Republican politics by his run for City Council.

    Any real Republican needs to familiarize themselves with the myth of Sisyphus (cf. “The Myth of Sisyphus” by Albert Camus). Our goal, our quest, our crusade, our jihad, our “journey to perfect nothingness, Grasshopper” will, more often than not, be blocked, frustrated, and yes, apparently defeated. Good Republicans must “Soldier On!!!”.

    JJ, good luck. Soldier On!!!

    The rest of you, see you in church. Soldier On!!!

    That’s about it from your Ole Wags. Most of my contacts don’t tell me good stuff anymore.

    As my good buddy Doug Mac Arthur once said to a joint session— “Old soldiers…just fade away….. and like that old soldier of yore, I’ll just fade away.”

    Maybe, I prefer my hero Dennis Miller’s old SNL formulation— “I’m out-a-here.”

    • YR's Force To Be Reckoned With permalink
      March 10, 2010 10:41 pm

      Wag the Dog is occasionally insightful. But Jonathan did an excellent job with his campaign from start to finish with no real help from anyone. His YR’s are a force to be reckoned with. That’s what I’ve heard and seen.

  8. Very Proud permalink
    March 10, 2010 1:25 pm

    I’m extremely impressed by the organization this 23 year old man has built for himself. He has accomplished far more than anyone at his age in this borough in politics. Regardless of the result, he should be very proud.

  9. Curious permalink
    March 10, 2010 6:33 pm

    Is this it or is Jonathan going to appeal? The election is in less than two weeks, how much time will it take to get a hearing and the whole proccess?

    Go Jonathan!!

  10. Scipio lives! permalink
    March 10, 2010 10:17 pm

    The Jonathan I know would not give up so easily. He is not done yet.

    I anxiously await his next move!

    Scipio lives!

  11. Fly On The Wall permalink
    March 11, 2010 7:48 pm

    From what I hear up here on the wall, it is not over yet.

  12. Jonathan Is Back permalink
    March 11, 2010 11:26 pm

    Judge is still running and, from what I’ve heard, has a VERY well known election law attorney working on his appeal…

  13. Dear Lesli Rice permalink
    March 11, 2010 11:35 pm

    who is the daddy?

  14. Puffy Rice permalink
    March 12, 2010 3:34 am

    Howe would she know?


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