But that's exactly what Anthony Como, who is challenging State Senator Joseph Addabbo this November for his seat, is charging.
Como, a Republican who did a brief stint in the City Council after Dennis Gallagher was forced from office, claims that Addabbo, a Democrat, didn't have the necessary number of valid signatures to get on the Working Families Party line in addition to the Democratic line, and that strings were severely pulled, backs seriously scratched, and favors called in to make sure that Addabbo would get the WFP line despite the shortcomings of his collected John Hancock's.
According to Como, his campaign raised objections about invalid signatures, and after a bipartisan team reviewed a clerk's findings reporting as such, the Democratic commissioners on the Board of Elections conspired to give Addabbo the line, essentially ignoring the review of several Board clerks, both of the Democratic and Republican ilk.
According to Como, six commissioners must vote to accept the findings of the report, and while the five Republicans on the board voted to accept, four Democratic commissioners (apparently the Board is short one Democrat commissioner currently) balked at the review's findings, allowing Addabbo to stay on the WFP line.
According to a statement released by Como's campaign attorney Grant Lally, he has “never witnessed a refusal to accept the clerk's report.” Well, we don't know about all that, but we'll have to take his and Anthony Como's word on this...hell, Como used to be the chairman of the Board of Elections, so surely he knows egregious behavior when he see it, right?
What was kind of shocking about the whole issue was the paltry number of signatures involved. Addabbo submitted 30 signatures to get his name on the WFP line on the ballot, he really only needed 24. The clerks who reviewed the matter found (coincidentally?) seven signatures that didn't meet the rigorous standards of New York City election law, leaving Addabbo one signature short.
While this may seem like a big deal if you are a political insider, is your average voter really going to get all worked up over seven signatures? We're not so sure, but we're going to do our best to get you upset!