(PatriotWise.com)- A lefty congressional candidate is attempting to unseat incumbent Manhattan Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, and she is seeking to remove a challenger from the ballot. Rana Abdelhamid has ties to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s political network.
Abdelhamid has challenged Suraj Patel’s petitions in the Democratic primary against Maloney in the 12th Congressional District, including sections of Manhattan’s East Side, West Side, Queens, and Brooklyn.
Maud Maron, an anti-mask mandate mum, is the fourth contender.
Abdelhamid, 28, is even fundraising for the legal fees to try to exclude Patel from the ballot.
Her supporters include the Working Families Party, City Comptroller Brad Lander, Cynthia Nixon, and other progressives.
Patel accused Abdelhamid of engaging in anti-democratic machine politics.
It will be difficult to unseat Maloney, 76, who has been in Congress since 1994 and has never lost a primary.
“Rana and our team of devoted volunteers worked countless hours interacting with voters to communicate our campaign’s ideals and vision for the future. But one of our opponents broke the rules,” reads the “Team Rana” solicitation.
“To get on the ballot in New York, you need genuine voter signatures,” the solicitation read. “You helped us gather nearly four times the required signatures to make our petitions unchallengeable. Unexpected legal expenditures to ensure the Board of Elections follows their laws now face our team. Will you help Team Rana get the tools we need to negotiate the legal system and guarantee no one votes fraudulently?”
Abdelhamid’s strategy is desperation and an attempt to disenfranchise ethnic votes, said Patel, 38, a lawyer and businessman.
If you challenge smudge marks and maiden names and disenfranchise voters, you’re not being progressive; you’re just attempting to restrict their choices. “They’ll be asking if [President] Biden won Georgia before we know it,” Patel said.
She beat Patel in a tight primary two years ago, hampered by COVID-19-related mail-in ballot glitches.
And in the GOP gubernatorial contest, Lee Zeldin’s name appeared in the petition effort to remove Republican challenger Andrew Giuliani.
Three voters — James Curran, Barbara Ellman, and Peter Kermani — opposing Giuliani’s petitions in Albany state Supreme Court name Zedin as the “aggrieved” candidate.
The Zeldin campaign’s counsel, Jeff Buley, admitted he had reviewed other candidates’ petitions to have them disqualified.
Rob Astorino’s petitions are also being questioned.
A Zeldin campaign spokesman stated that its attorneys are now actively involved in challenging Giuliani’s flawed or illegitimate voter signatures.
At this stage, the procedure is distinct from prior complaints filed with the Board of Elections.
Katie Vincentz, a spokesperson for Zeldin, said their staff found thousands of illegitimate signatures, including people who signed more than once, people who don’t live in New York, phony names, and many other irregularities.
Many signatures were falsified.
Three separate voters provided copies of petitions signed on Staten Island and Nassau County.
Finally, Giuliani thinks he has enough signatures to go on the ballot.
Assemblyman Charles Fall’s (D-NY) and Bianca Rajpersaud’s (D-NY) Democratic Party voter petitions are also contested.
Robinson says Rajpersaud personally committed fraud by adding candidates to her petitions after voters had signed.
Stay tuned. It’s going to get uglier.