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March 12, 2010

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:


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…

  1. Lady Justice permalink
    March 12, 2010 4:41 pm

    You ask why the Republican Party did not support Jonathan Judge? It’s because the better candidate is Kenneth Rice. Out of 39 people at the Executive Meeting, only 3 votes were cast for Jonathan. There were 3 abstentions. That meant 33 votes were cast for Mr. Rice. There was no conspiracy – these people voted for the better candidate.

    You also state that Jonathan is taking on the machine politicians that have hurt our city…. Jonathan has hurt the Republican Party and is just a nasty individual who calls people names when he doesn’t get his way. Guess he didn’t pay attention in kindergarden when they taught you how to play well with others.

    • Isaac permalink
      March 12, 2010 5:18 pm

      Yeah, sure. The GOP made up the rules as they went along, and

      You know, the old Sanhedrin used to have a rule. If the great majority of their body ruled in favor of the death penalty for the criminal, they would let the criminal go free. Why? Because it was accepted that unanimous support for so extreme a penalty meant that there was some corruption at work in coaxing the members to support execution.

      That is exactly what happened with Mr. Judge. The proscription against him was so harsh and overwhelming (largely done by threat and proxy votes to Craig Eaton, I heard) that its obvious they were trying to benefit greenfield over him.

      And if this other candidate is so great, why is it that no one has heard of him? What about these forgeries? What about the fraud involved? The accord between him and Greenfield?

      Give me a break, Lady Injustice.

      And what names has Jonathan called anyone? examples?

      You’re just a Marty Golden/Eaton hack who either hates Jonathan or is paid to hate him. What a sad life you have and how infrequently you must use your blindfold, Lady Injustice.

  2. The real true “Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus” permalink
    March 12, 2010 4:48 pm

    Doesn’t Jonathan Judge have to be on the ballot for City Council in the 44th Council District to qualify for matching funds?

    • The Truth Shall Set Us Free permalink
      March 12, 2010 5:08 pm

      I think that’s right, but whether he wins or not, he has reached the threshold right? If he wins on appeal, he will be granted the funds.

  3. Young Republican permalink
    March 12, 2010 7:22 pm

    Doesn’t hiring a guy who threw a candidate off the ballot because he had the word “families” in his party name kinda undermine his message? Are we forgetting that elections are supposed to be decided by voters not judges?

    • I Disagree permalink
      March 12, 2010 8:09 pm

      So Jonathan should have laid down and taken it? Uh, no. And he’s using this attorney to keep a candidate ON THE BALLOT.

      If Jonathan were using him to take someone off the ballot, then you would have an argument.

      And by the way: using the word “families” is ACTUALLY AGAINST THE ELECTION LAW. Connor was right. Look it up.

  4. Torch Light permalink
    March 12, 2010 11:25 pm

    The greener fields have turned to blacker fungus…
    The razal has no dazzle…
    Let the PEOPLE decide.


  5. The Jig Is Dead permalink
    March 13, 2010 11:46 am

    Judge has outmaneuvered the morons in both the GOP leadership and the Donkey (Democrat) leadership. And that mothball Diane Rudiano got called out for what she is: a duplicitous harpy.

    It’s all comin’ out, baby. All of it! Screw you, establishment!

  6. Finally!!! permalink
    March 13, 2010 12:08 pm

    Finally, someone is taking on these bastards!

  7. Alex Rojas permalink
    March 13, 2010 12:28 pm

    It’s amazing how Jay Golub, Robert Hornak and Daniel Peterson are all quiet and without any opinions and comments regarding the current 44th City Council District campaign. They always seem to have something to say when they defend and look after the ugly, revolting “Duke of Bay Ridge!” and the Duke’s assorted Blackshirts.

    • Rosso Means Red in Italian permalink
      March 13, 2010 2:44 pm

      The irony about the 44th’s No Name candidate’s “platform” (and if you heard this guy speak, you’d know he’s unsure of himself and has no ability to communicate with people) is that he basically tried to copy Jonathan Judge’s platform, only in a less intelligent, child-like sort of way. And hiring Gerry O’Brien? That tells you everything you need to know.




  8. Judge Judith permalink
    March 13, 2010 3:02 pm

    My comments regarding the morons in the Brooklyn GOP leadership:

    “Don’t try to teach a pig to sing. It doesn’t work, and it annoys the pig.”

    “Dumb ideas come from people who have dumb brains.”

    “Either you’re playing dumb, or it’s not an act.”

    • Judge Judith permalink
      March 13, 2010 3:09 pm

      And if Judge had come into my courtroom, he would have gotten a fair hearing. Why do you think television courtrooms are so appealing these days?

  9. Cat Litter permalink
    March 13, 2010 8:47 pm

    Ken Rice, a City of NY agency employee, is in violation of the Hatch Act and NYC Conflict of Interest regulations, which prohibit a municipal employee from running for political, elected office.

  10. Voluptuous Venus permalink
    March 13, 2010 9:47 pm

    Does this alleged violation of the Hatch Act apply to the political candidate for the 44th City Council vacancy, Mr. Ken Rice?

    Does the NYPD, a city agency, directly or indirectly receive Federal funding for their programs and initiatives?

  11. Alexandra R. permalink
    March 14, 2010 11:58 am

    Voluptuous Venus has made an excellent reference. I also add the the NYPD has their own internal agency guidelines and regulations about their employed personnel running for political, elected, partisan offices at the same time their employees are on the job – on the City’s payroll.

    A conflict of interest indeed!

    Mr. Rice should not be running for political office unless he resigns his City job.

  12. Angea Calabresi permalink
    March 15, 2010 11:18 am

    Judge takes it back to court
    Now there are three in 44th District City Council race

    By Stephen Witt
    Monday, March 15, 2010

  13. Lora permalink
    March 15, 2010 8:06 pm

    The Brooklyn GOP hates young, bright candidates. Look at the way they treated the party’s public advocate candidate, Staten Islander Alex Zablocki.

  14. Joe Topper permalink
    March 15, 2010 9:53 pm

    The Brooklyn GOP hates anyone that is not anglo-saxon. They only support mayonaisse candidates. The Brooklyn GOP is discriminatory and racist. They only support drunken old men and mothball smelling old ladies.
    God help any Republican that they deem defiant and thinks for themselves.
    The Brooklyn GOP is broken and heading for the scrap heap.
    Welcome to the machine.


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