Congressional Candidates Challenge Rivals’ Signatures

2013 mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis marveling at his petition stacks last year. (Photo: Twitter/@JCats2013)

2013 mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis marveling at his petition stacks last year. (Photo: Twitter/@JCats2013)

It’s a time-honored tradition of New York politics: After your opponents file signatures to try to make the ballot, you scrutinize their paperwork and try to boot them off.

For 2014 congressional candidates, the deadline to file “general objections”–preliminary challenges that can later be substantiated with specific objections–was yesterday.

And, this time around, it appears much of the action surrounds GOP Congressman Michael Grimm’s re-election race, according to an objection ledger provided by the city’s Board of Elections.

The records show that the incumbent and both of his Democratic challengers face challenges on various lines. Mr. Grimm has challenged former Brooklyn Councilman Domenic Recchia’s signatures for the Democratic and Working Families Party lines, according to the Staten Island AdvanceIn turn, Mr. Recchia has reportedly challenged Mr. Grimm’s Republican and Independence Party lines, as well as the Democratic signatures of his upstart primary opponent, Rev. Erick Salgado.

Mr. Salgado reportedly filed just over 2,000 Democratic signatures–a total that could make him vulnerable, as 1,250 valid signatures are needed to qualify for major party lines. Mr. Recchia, in contrast, is said to have filed over 6,100 Democratic signatures, while Mr. Grimm touted 3,800 Republican names.

Third party lines require fewer signatures. According to the Advance, Mr. Recchia filed 104 signatures for the WFP line–about 30 more than the 72 required. And Mr. Grimm filed 975 for the Independence nod–more than the necessary 626. Mr. Grimm also filed to appear on the Conservative line but those signatures were not challenged.

In another hotly-contested race, Congressman Charlie Rangel and his three Democratic primary opponents all faced challenges. But as the Observer and New York Post previously reported, they all have many more than the 1,250 signatures needed. General objections were also filed against Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez and her long-shot Democratic primary challenger, Jeff Kurzon.

According to the BOE, the general objections filed yesterday have to be substantiated with specifics by next Monday at the latest. (General objections filed on April 10 require specifics by tomorrow.)

View the general objection ledger below:

View the candidate filings ledger below: