JONATHAN JUDGE APPEALS LOPEZ CABAL’S LAWSUIT, EARNS MATCHING FUNDS
Mr. Judge, Mr. Judge…
Let’s hope no one underestimated you!
In a stealthy and unforeseen move, Jonathan Judge, Republican candidate for City Council in the 44th, has moved to appeal the decision put out by a lower court this week kicking him off the ballot.
But the real news isn’t just the appeal but who Mr. Judge has retained…
Here is the release:
JONATHAN JUDGE APPEALS LOWER COURT DECISION TO RESTORE NAME TO BALLOT
Retains Former State Senator Martin Connor as Legal Counsel
The Jonathan Judge for City Council campaign has released the following statement:
The Jonathan Judge campaign has retained former State Senator Martin Connor as legal counsel on appeal of the Supreme Court’s recent decision to deny Mr. Judge a spot on the ballot. Senator Connor is the former minority leader of the State Senate and represented the 25th Senate district for thirty years.
“Senator Connor was the obvious choice for our appeal, given his time handling election law matters in the State Senate during his career,” Mr. Judge said. “His knowledge and skill as an election attorney are renown, and our campaign is honored to have him representing us.
The Supreme Court decided on Tuesday, March 9th that Mr. Judge had a mere 15 signatures below the number required to stay on the ballot. “The court unfortunately mistook the law and neglected to accept clear and convincing evidence of the scores of additional valid signatures we had collected,” Mr. Judge said. Discussing the lawsuit against him, Mr. Judge added, “David Greenfield and his Vito Lopez machine have done everything in their power to eliminate the voters’ choices in this election.”
The Board of Elections Chief Clerk Diane Rudiano also refused to accept signatures collected by former District leader Susan Cleary while being aware that she was a registered voter. In fact, Ms Cleary served as a Board of Elections poll worker and as a fellow member of the Kings County Republican Party Committee with Ms. Rudiano. Her refusal to accept those dozens of signatures was contrary to the law and entirely inappropriate.
“I am confident that the Appellate Division will restore my name to the ballot given the strength of our legal arguments,” Mr. Judge said.
This appeal comes after Judge’s campaign attained the threshold for matching funds. “I am humbled by the countless donations from my neighbors and friends from across the district,” Judge said. “Our grassroots campaign has been one of the most successful in Brooklyn by far, and that credit goes to the voters of the district.”
Mr. Judge’s appeal will likely be heard early next week.
Wow, I must confess I did not see this one coming. We here at Atlas were aware of the former Senator Connor’s expertise in lawyering given an article we saw last year on The Capitol News:
Aside from his career in Albany, Connor has long established himself as one of the state’s most formidable election lawyers. That expertise came to bear already this year, as he figured prominently in each of three Feb. 24 special elections for New York City Council, knocking one candidate off the ballot for using the word “families” in his party name and catapulting another to the front of the field.
He made close to $10,000 just from those three Council elections over the course of a few days, according to campaign expenditure reports.
“I left office after 31 years, no savings account, no investments, not a share of stock,” he said. “I was fortunate enough to be busy the first couple months of the year, probably made more in law practice in two months, definitely, than I made all last year.”
Not good news for Vito Lopez and David Greenfield.
It would appear, as one emailer commented to us, they have been “outmaneuvered.”
Whether Mr. Judge wins on appeal or not, this course of action is meant to demonstrate one thing to Judge’s opponents: he means business.
This is a big move for so young a candidate to make, and while I have discussed Mr. Judge favorably on this blog before, I must say this is a much cleverer choice on his part than I would have imagined him making.
Of primary importance, Judge is taking on the machine politicians that have hurt our city and represent the bane of political existence in New York, Vito Lopez being at the top of the list. A victory for Judge, even if just a victory in court, would demonstrate great weakness on the part of the Brooklyn Democratic machine.
But nevertheless, the importance of this chess move cannot be underestimated. Mr. Judge is showing us he knows how to play the game and is willing to go the distance in playing it.
Also stunning is Mr. Judge’s matching funds disclosure. To reach such a goal in so short a time at so young an age is a testament to the stupidity of the Brooklyn GOP in their rejection of this very capable junior Republican.
We understand the reasoning of the Bay Ridge Cabal: they needed to support their Golden Prince. That is why they did not endorse Mr. Judge. But again, why?
Isn’t this exactly the kind of thing we want to see fostered in the Republican Party?
Apparently, Chairman _________ “The Duke of Bay Ridge” _________, Lord of Irrelevance and Primate of the Church of Political Failure, is so ridiculously impotent politically that he cannot even support a good thing when he sees it unless his Golden Master says so.
This just supports our continued calls for his resignation after his divisive tactics and failures this past year. In fact, Mr. _________ ought to reconsider resignation as an option. He obviously does not care about the party’s welfare.
Well, I must say it’s great to see a Brooklyn Republican taking one of the very machines that has hurt reform in our borough for so long.
We will be watching this development with great interest…