Talk about being anti-choice!
Supporters of state Sen. Marty Golden (R-Bay Ridge) moved to knock the longtime legislature’s lone competitor off the ballot — ensuring that he keeps his perfect record of never having an opponet since being elected in 2002.
“I don’t know what he has to be afraid of,” said Mike DiSanto, who wants to be the first person to ever challenge Golden’s incumbency. “He should be secure in his ability to win an election on his own merits.”
According to city records, Bridget Riley, the daughter of a long-time Golden supporter Raymond Riley and a registered Democrat, filed a challenge to the nominating petitions submitted by DiSanto.
The move has DiSanto shaking his head.
“For someone like Sen. Golden to be intimidated by someone like me doesn’t make any sense,” he said, noting that he has about $2,100 in his campaign account, compared to the $271,087 amassed by the famously anti-abortion pol — all of which can be used to wage war against DiSanto, since Golden does not have a primary challenger.
When reached by phone, Riley said she would “rather not discuss” the objections, which she filed on July 15. She has until July 22 to file specific objections to the petitions submitted by DiSanto.
But, even if she does, DiSanto thinks the effort will be fruitless. He collected over 2,000 signatures, he said, more than double the 1,000 necessary to make the ballot.
“I know my signatures are good,” DiSanto said, “since I got a large portion of them myself, when I went door to door, election district by election district.”
By press time, no one from the Golden campaign had responded to repeated requests for comment.
–with Tom Tracey