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In Staten Island City Council race, Frontrunner Insider Invokes ‘Teh Messiah Rules’

What does one do when faced with a crowded electoral field?

Get people tossed off the ballot:

At a hearing in Lower Manhattan yesterday, BOE commissioners bounced Rajiv Gowda and Anthony Cosentino from the ballot, citing flaws in the petition signatures the two men had gathered. The commissioners found that Gowda, who’d had his petitions challenged by Mitchell, did not have enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. More than 1,300 signatures were required; Mitchell said Gowda had filed just 1,010.

Gowda said he’d only received the BOE clerk’s report on the disputed signatures on Monday and did not have time to fully check Mitchell’s objections. He continued to look over the signatures last night.

“It’s a sad day,” Gowda said. “What happened today was really unfair.”

Gowda said he would determine today whether to fight the BOE’s ruling in state Supreme Court. He has until later this week to decide on that.

Cosentino was removed for failing to include the office he was running for on his petition cover sheet, a “fatal” technical flaw that BOE rules do not allow to be corrected. He is out of the race.

The fate of two other candidates whose signatures Mitchell has challenged — Thomas Curitore and John Tabacco — remained in doubt, with BOE officials and candidates’ attorneys reviewing each challenged signature yesterday.

In his challenges, Mitchell has said that his opponents gathered signatures from voters outside the North Shore district or from people who are not registered to vote.

More likely than not, Mitchell is right about the out-of-district/illegal signatures. As I’ve said in a previous post, I live–not just literately, but physically–within a stone’s throw of Curitore’s campaign HQ. No one has ever knocked on my door seeking a signature, even though Wife™ is a registered Democrat.

As I said, a Confederacy.

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