Farouk Samaroo, a Democratic candidate for the New York State Assembly in the 38th Assembly District filed suit today in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Samaroo asked the Court to set aside Governor Paterson’s proclamation of a special election to fill the seat vacated by the disgraced Anthony Seminerio, who pled guilty to charges of influence peddling.
“Let the voters decide”, said Farouk Samaroo, a decorated combat veteran of the Afghanistan campaign. “Our right to vote in a free and fair election is being violated by the Governor’s action. I am suing under the Voting Rights Act and asking the Court to set aside this bad joke played on the electoral process.”
Thousands of voters signed petitions to enable five candidates to appear on the September 15th Primary Election Ballot, with the winners to compete in the November 3rd General Election. The Governor’s Proclamation claims the right to cancel an already scheduled election, which was to be conducted under normal rules allowing voters enrolled in political parties to choose who represents them in a General Election. Governor Paterson’s action replaces the will of the voters to choose who will run as the Democratic candidate with the whims of the District Leaders of the 38th Assembly District - including the disgraced and convicted Seminerio.
The unelected Governor previously has shown confusion over this election, first proclaiming a special election, then rescinding it, and now re-proclaiming it. The earlier actions have been reported to have been provoked by a feud between competing party bosses.
Somehow I doubt that when Mr. Samaroo enlisted in the army he thought he was doing so to protect and defend the rights of Crowley's Clubhouse. But that's what is happening here.
"I don't care who does the electing, so long as I get to do the nominating." - William Marcy "Boss" Tweed
Hey, Dave: EVEN FRIENDS SINGING, 'BYE-BYE, GOV'