July 28, 2009 / Brooklyn news / Politics / Election Coverage

Democracy in action — DeBlasio is back on the ballot!

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Front-running public advocate candidate Bill DeBlasio fought his way back onto the ballot at a hearing on Tuesday, convincing the famously Kafka-esque Board of Elections that the agency, and not his campaign, had caused the error that had knocked the Park Slope councilman off the ballot last week.

DeBlasio’s lawyers convinced the 10 Board of Elections commissioners that the original paperwork handed in by the campaign, which claimed to consist of 135 volumes of nominating signatures, was accurate, contrary to the board’s finding that three volumes were missing.

“It was a thunderous victory for democracy,” deadpanned DeBlasio’s lawyer, Stanley Schlein.

The “victory” seemed predetermined from the outset. After all, DeBlasio handed in roughly 117,000 more signatures than the 7,500 required for a spot of the Sept. 15 Democratic primary ballot against former public advocate Mark Green, civil rights lawyer Norman Siegel and Queens Councilman Eric Gioia.

Still, he had to argue before the board for his spot after officials knocked him off the ballot for the alleged discrepancy in the number of volumes that the campaign handed in.

DeBlasio’s lawyers presented evidence that all 135 volumes had been handed in, but that Board of Election staffers created the discrepancy by erroneously misnumbing three of the volumes.

The staffers should have told the campaign what those numbers were on the spot.

“Apparently, we didn’t necessarily do that at the time,” said Board of Elections President Frederic Umane, whose agency did not put up a fight against DeBlasio.

“It was unfair to the candidate,” Umane added.

Board of Elections critics frequently describe the agency’s rules as Byzantine in their intricacy.

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Poll reader says:

Today's Quinnipiac University poll:
Former Public Advocate Mark Green leads the Democratic primary pack for his old position with 37 percent, followed by 13 percent for Norman Siegal, 10 percent for City Council member Bill de Blasio and 7 percent for Council member Eric Gioia.
July 28, 2009, 5:37 pm
Bob from Bushwick says:

I am very happy for him he will do an excellent job!!! He is just the best!!!!! Let’s go for him……..
July 28, 2009, 6:17 pm
anon from Carroll Gardens says:
What poll is the Brooklyn Paper looking at? Bill is trailing. Badly.

At least he got to milk the current situation for some free publicity.
July 28, 2009, 6:18 pm
Prognosticator from Brooklyn says:
Yeah, "front-running?" That doesn't seem like very responsible journalism.

Press-release-sending or camera-hogging would've been much more accurate.
July 29, 2009, 12:45 am
Ghost Writer says:
New News Have you heard, New news from within. True leader! 52 assembly District leader has been faking signatures on republication petition. Can you believe it? These petitions were carrying the District Attorney of Brooklyn as a candidate. What is going on with these City, I am starting not to even say I'm from this great city we all call home! I feel Washington should jump into all these problems and take control? What do you feel? Our forefathers fought endlessly for these rights to even run for officer and have people who represent other people. What are we telling our children, that it's ok to rob other peoples work, or cheat to get where we want to be. I will not stand for this and you shouldn't either. I am the Ghost Writer, my work is 100% true and From very good sources. I ask you all to speak out, you are the one in control. Ghost Writer out.

"""" That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. """ From The Declaration of Independence
July 30, 2009, 8:26 am

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