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Dems Working To Stop Zeldin’s Campaign, Because Of Petition Accusations

August 10, 2022

From The New York State Democrats:

“Lyin’ Lee” Zeldin’s campaign is facing increased legal pressure for submitting more than 11,000 fraudulent signatures to get on the Independence Party line. Last week, New York Senate Elections Committee Chair Zellnor Myrie filed a complaint with the Albany County District Attorney’s office urging them to investigate the potential criminal violations. Just yesterday, the Albany County DA announced it was reviewing the complaint, which could spell trouble for Zeldin’s campaign.

Previously, Zeldin peddled far-right conspiracy theories that the 2020 election was falsely decided and voted against certifying the results. Ironically, Zeldin may now face a probe into whether his campaign committed actual election fraud, highlighting the hypocrisy of his vote to overturn the 2020 election.

Here’s what people across New York are reading about the possible criminal probe:

ABC10: “Congressman Lee Zeldin’s campaign has been facing criticism after signatures collected to get on the independence party line were alleged to be photocopied. Now, Senator Zellnor Myrie has filed a complaint to the Albany County District Attorney…According to the DA’s office, the letter requesting an investigation into an unnamed gubernatorial candidate was received and is under a preliminary review.”
Fox News: “…a spokeswoman for the New York State Board of Elections … did confirm that of the signatures submitted for Zeldin to run on the Independent Party line — in addition to the GOP ticket — just 39,228 were validated, falling short of the 45,000 required. Nearly 13,000 others were deemed invalid for a swath of reasons, including duplicate signatures, voters not properly registered, or incorrect addresses…”
New York Daily News: “Last month, the state Board of Election tossed out almost 13,000 signatures for Zeldin to get on the Independence Party line. Democratic state Sen. Zellnor Myrie of Brooklyn recently filed a complaint with Albany County District Attorney David Soares asking for an investigation about more than 11,000 of the petitions.”
Post Journal: “Myrie, D-Brooklyn, last week filed a complaint with the Albany County District Attorney David Soares asking for an investigation into a New York Times report that Zeldin’s campaign submitted more than 11,000 photocopied petition signatures in order to appear on the Independence Party line in November…Myrie’s complaint states pages of valid signatures were photocopied and assigned different page numbers in order to create the appearance the pages contained separate, valid signatures. He is asking Soares to investigate who photocopied the pages and to find out if any of the five candidates listed on the petitions participated.”
TheBlaze: “New York’s libertarian party was the first to request an investigation into the validity of the signatures. Secretary of the libertarian party Andrew Kolstee submitted in a July press release…When asked how he knew there were invalid signatures, Kolstee told the Gotham Gazette, ‘I actually started out by running them through a program looking for duplicate copies and came across several of them.’ Kolstee explained that once he counted all the invalid signatures, he discovered that ‘there were over 900 sheets, over 11,000 [signatures].’”
WNYT: “Albany County District Attorney David Soares says his office received a letter requesting an investigation into Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin’s campaign. The letter was sent by Sen. Zellnor Myrie from Brooklyn. He filed a complaint last week with Soares’ office. says Zeldin’s campaign submitted over 11,000 fraudulent petition signatures in order to appear on the Independence Party line in November.”