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Philip Pidot suffers setback in bid to get on Congress ballot

Republican congressional candidate Philip Pidot.

Republican congressional candidate Philip Pidot. Photo Credit: James Escher / James Escher

Would-be Republican congressional candidate Philip Pidot suffered another loss Wednesday in his bid to be on the June 28 GOP primary ballot against State Sen. Jack Martins in the Third District.

State Supreme Court Justice John A. McAdams dismissed Pidot’s effort to get back on the ballot after the state Board of Elections ruled he was 16 petition signatures short of the 1,250 minimum needed.

Pidot backers say the dismissal was based on technical grounds that Pidot did not properly transfer documents from Albany to Mineola.

Martins supporters say McAdams ruled that Pidot did not properly file his lawsuit and upheld the board finding that Pidot did not have sufficient signatures

A Pidot spokesman, Jerry McKinistry, said the candidate is “weighing an appeal.” McKinistry said Pidot, who filed 2,100 signatures, had more than enough to qualify for the ballot.

But McKinistry said, “with the June 28 primary date looming, the election calendar is being eaten alive by legal blockades.”

Martins’ spokesman, E. O’Brien Murray, called Pidot a “failed candidate who did not have enough community support and thought the rules did not apply to him.” Murray said Martins has widespread support, “while Democrats are throwing rocks and slinging arrows at each other.”

Meanwhile, Democratic congressional contender Jon Kaiman, former North Hempstead Town supervisor, said he has won the backing of Communications Workers of America Local 1180, which has 8,500 members and 6,200 retirees. Kaiman vowed to “continue to be a voice for working families.”

Former Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi, Suffolk County Legis. Steve Stern, North Hempstead Town board member Anna Kaplan and attorney Jonathan Clarke also are seeking the Democratic nomination to replace retiring Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington).

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