AOC: In an AOC-style bid to unseat incumbent Manhattan Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, a lefty congressional candidate with ties to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-political Cortez’s network is attempting to have a challenger removed from the ballot.
Suraj Patel, who is running for a third term in the Democratic primary against Maloney in the 12th Congressional District, which includes the East Side of Manhattan, parts of the West Side, and sections of Queens and Brooklyn, has filed challenges to petitions submitted by Rana Abdelhamid.
Mom’s anti-mask law The fourth contender, Maud Maron, is running for the seat.
Abdelhamid, who is backed by Justice Democrats, the progressive political action committee that funded AOC’s successful campaigns, is even gathering money to cover the legal costs of attempting to remove Patel from the vote box.
The Working Families Party, city Comptroller Brad Lander, Cynthia Nixon, and other left-leaning organizations have all endorsed her. Patel charged Abdelhamid with engaging in anti-democratic machine tactics, which progressives claim to despise.
The math is clear: in a crowded four-way primary, it will be impossible to defeat Maloney, 76, who has been in Congress since 1994 and has never lost a race.
“Throughout the petitioning process, Rana and our team of dedicated volunteers spent countless hours engaging with voters alongside thousands of volunteers to promote this campaign’s ideals and vision for the future, as do most grassroots campaigns.” “However, one of our opponents broke the rules,” reads the “Team Rana” solicitation to supporters.
“In order to get on the ballot in New York, valid signatures from registered voters are required. With your aid, we were able to collect more than four times the number of signatures required to make our petitions unchallengeable.
However, not everyone running for NY12 was able to raise the requisite funds. As a result, our team now faces unanticipated legal expenditures in order to guarantee that the Board of Elections follows the law.
“Will you join Team Rana in ensuring that we have the tools we need to navigate the legal system and ensure that no one votes fraudulently?”
Abdelhamid‘s approach, according to Patel, a 38-year-old lawyer, and businessman, reeks of desperation and an attempt to disenfranchise minority voters. He intends to make it through the election and remain on the ballot.
“You’re not being very progressive if you’re contesting smudge marks and maiden names and invalidating voters – largely of color – you’re just attempting to disenfranchise voters and limit their choices.” They’ll be wondering if [President] Biden won Georgia the next thing we know,” Patel told The Washington Post, referring to the 2020 presidential race.
Maloney could not be reached for comment right away. She beat Patel in a tight primary election two years ago, which was marred by mail-in ballot snafus enacted during the COVID-19 epidemic.
Meanwhile, Lee Zeldin‘s name has surfaced in a petition drive to remove Republican candidate Andrew Giuliani from the GOP gubernatorial primary ballot.
In court filings filed in Albany state Supreme Court by three voters — James Curran, Barbara Ellman, and Peter Kermani — against Giuliani’s petitions, Zedin is identified as the “aggrieved” candidate.
Jeff Buley, an attorney for the Zeldin campaign, said that he had been checking petitions for other candidates. The petitions of Rob Astorino, a Zeldin opponent, are also being challenged.
For the first time, a Zeldin campaign spokesman stated that the campaign’s lawyers are now actively working to invalidate flawed or unlawful voter signatures allegedly obtained by Giuliani.
“At this point, the process is distinct from the earlier process of filing objections with the Board of Elections. “When our team reviewed the petitions submitted, we discovered thousands of illegal signatures, including people who signed more than once, people who didn’t live in New York, fake names, and a slew of other irregularities of others submitting signatures in violation of New York State election law,” Zeldin spokeswoman Katie Vincentz said.
“It’s also evident that a significant number of signatures were faked.” Congressman Zeldin’s campaign was forced to act on April 20th in response to the enormous number of illegalities. This is vital to protect the voices of legitimate Republican primary voters and ensure the integrity of our electoral process.”
She included copies of petitions obtained in Staten Island and Nassau County, on which three separate voters’ names and signatures looked to have been signed twice. Finally, Giuliani claims that he will have enough signatures to get on the ballot.
Bianca Rajpersaud, who is vying for an open state Senate seat on Staten Island and whose boyfriend is Assemblyman Charles Fall, is also having her Democratic Party voter petitions challenged.
Raj Persaud “personally committed fraud by adding candidates to her petitions after people had already signed,” according to Democratic Party district head Jasi Robinson.
Jessica Scarcella-Spanton, a former employee for Sen. Diane Savino, who is not running for re-election, is her opponent. Scarcella-Spanton has the endorsement of Savino and the Democratic Party leadership. The claims are expected to be contested by Rajpersaud.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez an American politician and Activist
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (born October 13, 1989) is an American politician and activist who goes by the initials AOC. She has been a member of the Democratic Party‘s congressional delegation representing New York’s 14th congressional district since 2019. The district encompasses the eastern Bronx, parts of north-central Queens, and New York City’s Rikers Island.
When Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic Party’s primary election for New York’s 14th congressional district on June 26, 2018, she gained national attention. In what was widely regarded as the biggest upset victory in the 2018 midterm election primaries, she defeated Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley, a 10-term incumbent.
She comfortably defeated Republican Anthony Pappas in the November general election. In the 2020 election, she defeated John Cummings and was re-elected.
Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman ever elected to the United States Congress, having taken office at the age of 29. She is known for having a large social media presence in comparison to her colleagues in Congress.
Ocasio-Cortez graduated with honors from Boston University, where she double-majored in international relations and economics. Before standing for Congress in 2018, she was an activist who worked as a waiter and bartender.
Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are the Democratic Socialists of America’s first female members of Congress.
She supports a progressive program that includes workplace democracy, Medicare for All, tuition-free public college, a federal jobs guarantee, a Green New Deal, and abolishing the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).