Republican congressional candidate Christopther Cox has filed a lawsuit in state Supreme Court in Riverhead to throw millionaire Randy Altschuler off the ballot in the Republican primary, claiming his petitions are fatally flawed.
The late president Richard Nixon’s grandson’s lawsuit, served at the Suffolk Board of Elections in Yaphank late Thursday afternoon, claims Altschuler’s 6,500 signatures were “permeated with fraud,” according to papers filed by Westchester attorney Dan Pagano.
James Teese, Cox spokesman, said the overriding problem is that Altschuler cover sheet “is deficient because it does not claim to submit a single valid signature,” adding, “It’s not about if you have a number, but rather a valid number of signatures. The cover sheet is like an affadavit.” Teese also said that there is a “laundry list” of problems from wrong addresses and dates to illegible names.
Attorney for both sides are scheduled to appear before Justice John C. Bivona Tuesday.
Rob Ryan, Altschuler’s spokesman, said, “We know the signatures we filed with the board of election are good and Randy will be on the primary ballot and defeat Chris Cox.”