Republican congressional contender Christopher Cox last week began circulating petitions to wage what's called an "Opportunity to Ballot," aimed at setting up a write-in primary Sept. 14 against Randy Altschuler, the minor party's designee.
Cox needs at least 554 signatures of Conservative voters by July 22 to qualify - and double that to survive the likely petition challenge. Then, Cox faces the labor-intensive task of arming supporters with ink pads and rubber stamps, the most effective way to survive a recount challenge. Altschuler will have it much easier: His name will appear on the ballot.
Cox said a number of Conservatives in the district expressed desire for a choice. Edward Walsh, Suffolk party chairman, asserted there is "no way" Cox's effort will succeed.
- Rick Brand