Taxin’ Tom Suozzi recently announced that he filed petitions signed by NY-03 voters to create the “Fix Washington” ballot line. But according to The New York Post, “some of those who have ‘signed’ apparently pulled off a miracle — because they’re dead.”
To be fair to Suozzi, maybe he just had difficulty finding enough people with an actual pulse to sign his petition considering his record as Nassau County Executive of raising taxes by hundreds of millions of dollars while accepting a $65,000 annual pay raise.
Long Island Democrat relying on dead voters to make the ballot
The New York Post
By Carl Campanile
August 9, 2016
The Long Island Democrat seeking to replace retiring Rep. Steve Israel in Congress is relying on dead voters to get on the ballot, The Post has learned.
Tom Suozzi is collecting signatures to appear on the ballot as both a Democrat and an independent of the “Fix Washington” party in hopes of attracting reform-minded voters in the race against Republican state Sen. Jack Martins.
But some of those who have “signed” apparently pulled off a miracle — because they’re dead.
A voter named “Ed Unser” from 90 Lehigh St. in Williston Park is recorded as signing a Suozzi Fix Washington petition on July 24. But Edwin Unser, 83, died on Jan. 18 of this year, according to his wife, Lucille.
Lucille Unser, who was married to Edwin for 58 years, was furious with the Suozzi campaign for exploiting her husband.
“It’s despicable. He just blatantly forged Edwin’s signature,” Unser, 77, said of the Suozzi canvasser. “It’s pretty stupid. If you’re going to cheat, do a good job, jerk.”
Another petition page shows a “PB” signature collected from a voter at 141 Park Ave. in Williston Park on July 26. But the only PB who had been registered at that address would be Patrick Brady, who died in 2012.
Colin Dorney, the longtime home owner at 141 Park Ave., said Brady once registered to vote at his address.
“Patrick Brady does not live at this address and he passed away on March 13, 2012,” Dorney wrote in a sworn statement. “His name appears on the Fix Washington petition.”
Haig Minassian, the Suozzi campaign canvasser who collected the petitions, signed a witness statement swearing to the validity of the voter signatures.
Contacted by The Post about signing up dead voters, Minassian said, “I don’t remember. I don’t recall. Let me call you back.”
Suozzi campaign rep Kim Devlin responded, “These’s two signatures, if false, should not count. But that doesn’t dismiss the thousands of other voters who agree with Tom Suozzi that we need to fix Washington.”