Petition Challenges Fly in Recchia-Grimm Battle

Congressman Michael Grimm. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty)

Congressman Michael Grimm. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty)

Congressman Michael Grimm is officially trying to boot his Democratic challenger from a crucial second ballot line.

Mr. Grimm, a Republican, has filed specific objection paperwork with the Board of Elections challenging his Democratic rival, Domenic Recchia’s ability to run on the Working Families Party line. In turn, Mr. Recchia’s camp plans to file a specific objection to Mr. Grimm’s Independence Party petitions, a source close to Mr. Recchia said.

Though some preliminary “general objections” were recently filed across the board in several races, campaigns typically file “specific objections” when they have the substance to argue their opponent failed to file enough valid signatures.

Many expect the race for the Staten Island-based seat to be close, making additional ballot lines especially importation.

But keeping their down ballot lines–the labor-backed WFP for Mr. Recchia and Independence and Conservative Parties for Mr. Grimm–could prove a challenge for both campaigns.

Domenic Recchia. (Photo: Vanessa Ogle)

Domenic Recchia. (Photo: Vanessa Ogle)

Mr. Grimm was booted from the Independence Party line in 2012 and Mr. Recchia filed only 104 signatures for the WFP line–not all that many more than the 72 needed.

“You get voters who vote on those lines, albeit not a ton. But WFP gets 2,000 and the Independence Party gets 4,000 on average. Grimm lost the Independence Party line due to bad petitions in 2012 and it proved to be embarrassing. It’s not a super game changer but it’s a road bump,” said one close watcher of the race.

A Recchia source said the former councilman’s camp also plans to file specific objections against his Democratic challenger Erick Salgado’s petitions.

Mr. Salgado told the Staten Island Advance that any challenges to his petitions were “ridiculous.”