April 26, 2016

NY Democratic Primary Becomes Divisive With Ballot Challenge

Democrats in New York’s 3rd Congressional District have escalated their attacks against one another in the run up to the June primary. Yesterday, Jon Kaiman, a former town supervisor, asked the state Board of Elections to remove fellow Democrat Thomas Suozzi from the ballot for invalid signatures. Suozzi is a former county executive who lost three races in the past decade.

Newsday reported that Kaiman and Suozzi were former allies. Suozzi’s campaign manager said, “Politics does strange things to people. This proves the old saying, ‘If you want a friend in politics, get a dog.’”

This unexpected shakeup in the crowded primary will make it difficult for the Democrats to unite after the late June primary election.