Allegretti’s Bad Days Continue As “Taxpayer’s Party” Petitions Are Denied
Michael Allegretti can’t get a break lately.
After getting slapped by fellow Republicans for his debate performance and seeing endorsements go the way of his GOP opponent Michael Grimm, Mr. Allegretti watched as the corrupt Board of Elections threw out 2,001 of his petition signatures for his Taxpayers’ Party line.
The line was supposed to serve as a fire escape to the November elections in the event he loses the GOP primary (which most insiders are forecasting).
We thank NY13 Watch for their continuing coverage and for bringing this story to our attention. Here is there reporting on this event:
ALLEGRETTI INDEPENDENT PETITION RULED INVALID … ROLE OF SPOILER IS ELIMINATED
Almost half of the signatures collected by Congressional Candidate Michael Allegretti’s campaign for a second party line were ruled invalid by New York City election commissioners yesterday.
Allegretti’s failure to collect enough valid signatures for this second line means that he must win the next Tuesday’s Republican Primary to be on November’s General Election Ballot.
“It’s inconceivable that the Allegretti campaign could have submitted a petition that was this flawed,” said former Congressman and Staten Island Borough President, Guy Molinari, a Grimm supporter. “It is a clear indication that his campaign is in chaos and not attracting the type of grassroots support necessary to beat Mike McMahon in November.”
Allegretti, a Washington environmental lobbyist, faces Michael Grimm, a Marine Combat Veteran and former FBI undercover agent, in next Tuesday’s GOP primary. Grimm, with the backing of New York State’s Conservative Party, is already guaranteed a spot on next November’s General Election ballot.
“The voters should be skeptical of a candidate who filed a nominating petition that was riddled with this many errors,” New York State Conservative Chairman Mike Long said. “With the type of organization Allegretti has put together, it is clear Michael Grimm will win Tuesday’s Primary giving us one of the strongest Republican-Conservative candidates in the country challenging an Obama/Pelosi Democrat.”
Of the 5,288 signatures Allegretti submitted, 2,001 were found to be invalid by the New York City Board of Elections, making him short of the required signatures for his Taxpayers Party line.
The Board of Elections ruled yesterday that Michael Allegretti failed to file the correct amount of valid signatures to run a third-party line in November.
The line, called “The Taxpayer’s Party” was one that Allegretti tried to create just for the purpose of the general election, although it does bare some similarity to lines created by GOP governor hopeful Carl Paladino and Long Island congressional candidate Chris Cox.
Allegretti submitted 5288 signatures but 2,001 of them were ruled invalid. Candidates must file at least 3,500 but often try to do many times more than that.
The Grimm campaign is having a good time with this, and says it shows that the Allegretti camp is in disarray.
“It’s inconceivable that the Allegretti campaign could have submitted a petition that was this flawed,” says Grimm adviser (and SI powerbroker) Guy Molinari, “It is a clear indication that his campaign is in chaos and not attracting the type of grassroots support necessary to beat Mike McMahon in November.”
Grimm will be on the ballot in November as the Conservative nominee, even if he loses the primary next week.
The Allegretti campaign sent along a response, accusing the Grimm campaign of running scared from an honest fight—and using dirty tricks to do it..
“The Grimm campaign combed through each of our 5000-plus signatures, spending the time and money on lawyers to do it,” said Allegretti campaign manager Marco DeSena. “Of the approximate 4,200 [signatures] they challenged, the board found less than half actually had problems. And most of these were very minor problems. Their campaign has to try to win some way, because it’s surely not going to be Grimm’s background or ideas carrying them to victory.”
Mr. Allegretti has the endorsements of the GOP establishments of Brooklyn and Staten Island. He is also being endorsed by establishment figures Marty Golden and Lou Tobacco.
Meanwhile, more high profile endorsements have gone the way of Michael Grimm, previously the underdog in the race. Additionally, most GOP reformers are leaning toward him.
We will keep up updated on this issue, and please be sure to visit NY13 Watch for continuing coverage of the race in the 13th Congressional.