News

Green Party alleges “predatory politics” in 23rd congressional race

Green Party alleges “predatory politics” in 23rd congressional race

Two Green Party candidates for New York’s 23rd congressional district have been disqualified, but the story doesn’t end there.

Green Party members Darin Robbins of Corning and Amber Cole had been listed as candidates for the 2014 election, though apparently they were put on the ballot without their consent.

Co-chair of the New York State Green Party Michael O’Neil says that someone not affiliated with the party gathered enough signatures from Green Party voters in the 23rd congressional district to get their names on the ballot.

O’Neil says neither Robbins nor Cole knew they were on the ballot, and he believes this is an example of dirty politics in New York State.

“This is another reminder of the predatory environment in New York State when it comes to the way the duopoly parties pursue elections,” O’Neil said. “It demonstrates a widespread lack of respect for elections as an exercise in democracy by the people.”

The person who gathered the signatures is listed as Aaron Keiser. He’s a former videotracker with the National Republican Congressional Committee.

NRCC spokesperson Ian Prior said they stopped paying Keiser in December of 2013, and haven’t been in contact with him since.

Green party member and former Ithaca city councilwoman Jennifer Dotson was approached by Keiser. She said he told her he was from the Green Party.

“I just feel appalled,” Dotson said. “I think most of us who vote county on the democratic process to work, and to find out that somebody is misrepresenting themselves…it just turns my stomach.”

Dotson said she doesn’t recall if the man gave a name.

New York State Board of Elections Spokesperson John Conklin told WHCU that Robbins was disqualified because the petition was filed late, and Amber Cole was disqualified because the petition listed an incorrect address.

He also said Keister’s actions were not illegal.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Groton Schools responding to Sept. hazing incident

Fresh
Local_News41-620x400

Groton Schools Superintendent Jim Abrams says the district is making a serious effort to improve community outreach and student behavior following September’s hazing incident.

in Sports

This week’s top sports shots

Fresh
AP491836413688

A look at some of the biggest hits and best scores this week in sports.

in National

Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes during test flight

Fresh
virgin

A passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic has crashed.

in Sports

This weekend’s sports schedule

Fresh
mississippi

A complete look at this weekend's sports schedule.

in National

Making headlines this week

Fresh
AP15711298271

A look back on some of the biggest newsmakers this week.