Snubbed by major and minor party leaders, Conservative Family Court Judge Barbara Lynaugh is enlisting help from wherever she can to get on the primary ballot — including help from ex-con, ex-Suffolk Legis. Fred Towle.
Towle took part in a meeting for volunteers that Lynaugh held last week at Jerry’s Mermaid in Riverhead to prepare for circulating petitions to get on the ballot.
Lynaugh acknowledged that Towle “was talking to the volunteers” at the meeting but sees no problem with his involvement despite his past criminal record. “He has the experience and knows what he’s doing,” she said. Lynaugh said Towle became involved through a mutual friend.
Towle resigned as a lawmaker when he pleaded to bribe taking and misspending his campaign funds in 2003 and later was sentence to six months in the county jail.
Dumped by her own party, Lynaugh says she has 50 volunteers and is circulating petitions to get on both the Republican and Democratic primary ballots, but needs a minimum of 2,000 signature for each, and 3,000 to be safe. She said she is still weighing whether to circulate petitions for the Conservative and Independence Party.
Edward Walsh, suffolk Conservative leader declined to comment on Towle’s involvement, but said he expect his candidate Bernard Cheng, whio has GOP Demcoratic and Independence Party backing to win.
“We’ll be looking at the bottom of her petitions to see who's helping her,” said Walsh. “Politics is a marathon and we’ll be paying attention to who's doing what.”