The Queens Democratic Party isn't behaving very democratically, according to four party insurgents seeking office this fall.
The southeastern Queens candidates - who are running for the U.S. House of Representatives, state Assembly and two district leader positions - accused incumbents of using "dirty tactics" by challenging their signatures to get on the ballot in September.
"They want to use yesterday's politics to keep the status quo," Ruben Wills said Friday at a protest in front of the Board of Elections office on Queens Blvd.
"We've had a lack of leadership in southeast Queens for the last 10 years," said Wills, who is running against Rep. Greg Meeks (D-Far Rockaway) and currently serves as chief of staff to state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica).
More than a dozen protesters chanted and waved signs with slogans that included "Democrats Scared of Democracy," "Let Them Run" and "This is Queens 2008 Not Florida 2000."
Hopefuls cry foul in Queens Democratic races; 'dirty tactics' involved
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