Tuesday, July 28, 2009

DeBlasio back on the ballot

From Crain's:

City Councilman Bill de Blasio is back on the ballot.

The candidate for public advocate was restored to the Democratic primary ballot Tuesday afternoon by an 8-0 vote of the city Board of Elections commissioners. One commissioner abstained, citing his presence on the subcommittee that voted last week to remove Mr. de Blasio because of an error on his petitions’ cover sheet.

The Brooklyn councilman’s attorney, Henry Berger, said that in his 35 years practicing election law in New York, he had never seen a case like this one. State election law is notoriously arcane and has resulted in many candidates being bounced from the ballot, but never a major candidate for a citywide office.

“It was certainly unusual, a little bit disturbing, but we got it straightened out,” Mr. Berger said. “That’s the bottom line.”


Anonymous said...

The Doorman must be inconsolable.

And unlike Gioia, candidate Norman Siegel actually offered to help de Blasio get back on the ballot rather than trying to poach his supporters.

Anonymous said...

Yes, and thats why I've been planning to vote for Norman Siegel. I've known for years what a good, honest and hard working man is. Not a bit of self-serving in his body or mind.

Anonymous said...

Personally, i dislike m green,but he does seem to be able to do the job.

Anonymous said...

Gioia is the ultimate political whore. Go de Blasio!

Snake Plissskin said...

He 'fixed' it up? WTF?

Typical pol. He fixed it FOR HIMSELF.

How about some real election reform mister?

Maybe we can have Azi ask him.

Anonymous said...

Why reinstate a potential candidate if his campaaign can't fill out the paperwork properly? Isn't that a sign?