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Marty: I have to knock my challenger off the ballot to save democracy

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Borough President Markowitz’s campaign says that it must kick the Beep’s sole Democratic primary challenger off the ballot to ensure the “integrity” of the balloting process.

On Monday, three Markowitz allies filed objections against nominating signatures collected by political newcomer Eugene Myrick, who handed in roughly 6,000 signatures more than the 4,000 required to secure a spot on the Sept. 15 primary ballot.

Markowitz’s election lawyer, former state Sen. Marty Connor, said that Myrick’s submissions were so sloppy that the campaign had to object if only to protect “the integrity of the balloting process.”

“In 38 years as an election lawyer, I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Connor. “He filed 4,477 sheets [of signatures] in 20 volumes — but only 1,201 sheets had any signatures on them at all. He filed pages and pages of blank sheets.”

The challenge to Myrick’s candidacy was formally filed by Debra Kresh-Garcia, who is the executive director of Markowitz’s Seaside Summer Concert Series, and two other Brooklynites whose connection to Markowitz is unknown. Markowitz is listed on the objection as “a candidate aggrieved.”

Connor argued that Myrick’s “clear attempt was to deceive.”

“The first few sheets of a volume will have signatures and the last few sheets will have signatures, but there are hundreds of blank pages in between,” Connor said. “He’s hoping someone will look at the first few and the last few and think, ‘Oh, boy, they have a lot of signatures.’”

Late on Wednesday, more than a day after Connor alleged fraud, Myrick finally issued a statement:

“I am confident that I have obtained in excess of the 4,000 signatures required to remain on the ballot,” he said.

Last week, he was far more critical of Markowitz.

“Why not let the democratic process play itself out with campaigning, debates and allowing the people to vote?” he asked. “What are they afraid of?”

They’re afraid, Connor said, of allowing someone on the ballot who does not belong there. Connor alleged that at least 8,034 of Myrick’s signatures are invalid because the signer either does not live in Brooklyn or is not a registered voter.

“It’s not like there are only a few mistakes in his filing — it’s almost entirely garbage,” Connor said. “It’s about the integrity of the process.”

Not everyone sees it so clearly. After The Brooklyn Paper reported last week about the Markowitz campaign’s preliminary move to challenge Myrick, the online version of the story was flooded with comments about Markowitz’s attempt to ensure that he does not have a Democratic challenger.

“OK, Mr. Porch-wine drinking, Brooklyn Bridge–selling, pretend–Cyclone riding, sound nuisance, potato-shaped amphitheater proponent, Atlantic Yards crappy giveaway, Bozo the Beep, I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR YOU AGAIN! EVER! NEVER! EVER! NEVER-EVER!” posted Fourth Estate from DUMBO. “I would write in Sarah Palin before I would even consider pulling the lever under your name.”

Jerry from Coney Island added, “Borough President Marty Markowitz: As they say in Gaelic, you are a putz! I’d vote for anyone but you come this November. You self-serving, loud and obnoxious political hack.”

Updated 5:33 pm, July 30, 2009: Story was updated to include a comment, finally, from Eugene Myrick.
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Dave from Boro Park says:
Eugene Myrick is an out and outscam artist. One thing Brooklyn does not need is another crooked political leader stealing from the boroughs residents.
July 28, 2009, 5:39 pm
Fourth Estate from DUMBO says:
Still won't change my opinion. Marty has been a disgrace to Brooklyn. His selling of the Brooklyn Bridge to Walentas is an insult to the history of this great borough. It was the final straw. This guy does not give a rat's ass care about the people who live here. Time and time again, Marty has smiled at the cameras while selling out everything that makes Brooklyn great. He ignores what the community wants and imposes his own 'view' of what the community deserves.
July 28, 2009, 7:34 pm
sam from downtown says:
ah, the little dictator can't take competition.
July 28, 2009, 11:59 pm
Fourth Estate from DUMBO says:
These bozos are only looking after themselves, they don't care about the voters (except while campaigning). Come November, Marty, Bloomy, and all those who voted for a term limit extension need to be given their walking papers..Thank you for your service, WE DON'T NEED YOU ANYMORE!
July 29, 2009, 9:39 pm
Andre from Clinton Hill says:
Marty "Pro-Developer" Markowitz's ballot access challenge to Eugene Myrick is totally bush league. Why can't Marty just let democracy play out?

Marty is afraid he will lose which would put an election loss by him as 1 of the 3 biggest upsets in New York City politics this year next to election losses by Christine Quinn and King Bloomberg.
July 30, 2009, 1:55 am
Ghost Writer says:
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, 7:27 am

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