Hochul campaign slams Zeldin over alleged photocopied signatures

Hochul’s re-election campaign petition is destroying his Republican challenger on fraud charges.

The Democratic incumbent’s campaign manager says New Yorkers deserve answers to more than 11,000 petition signatures that were purportedly photocopied to allow Rep. Lee Zeldin to walk the Independence party line in addition to a GOP ticket in the fall general election. be allowed.

Hochul’s campaign manager Brian Lenzmeier said Zeldin of Long Island had voted against approving the 2020 presidential election results. Zeldin was a big advocate of false claims that the contest was stolen from former President Donald Trump.

In a Friday statement, Lenzmeier said, “After major efforts to brush out the results of the 2020 presidential election on unfounded conspiracy theories, Lee Zeldin has now been implicated in a genuine case of alleged election fraud, and this time it is is real.” “New Yorkers deserve to know how the more than 11,000 photocopied petition signatures were submitted and who oversaw the process on behalf of Zeldin’s campaign.”

Last month, the State Board of Elections drew nearly 13,000 signatures for Zeldin to fall on the Independence Party line. Democratic State Sen. Gelnor Myrie of Brooklyn recently filed a complaint with Albany County District Attorney David Soares seeking an investigation into more than 11,000 petitions.

“We know the facts – thousands of invalid ballot signatures were submitted to bring Zeldin over the Independence party line,” Lenzmeier said. “This is a serious offense that could result in a number of charges, including felonies. It is to the credit of Lee Zeldin for voters to be clear about what happened.”

Zeldin’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“In the last few days by the filing deadline, thousands of signatures from across the state had to be promptly turned over to the election board,” said her spokeswoman, Katie Vincentz. said in a July statement, “While the Zeldin for New York campaign doesn’t know about photocopying, we certainly didn’t make any photocopies.”

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