In Bombshell Interview, Zeldin Accuses Opponents of Getting on Ballot Illegally

U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin speaks to delegates and assembled party officials at the 2022 NYGOP Convention, Tuesday, March 1, 2022, in Garden City, N.Y. Republicans from across New York met Tuesday to choose their gubernatorial nominee to run against Gov. Kathy Hochul in November. The GOP nominated Zeldin, of Long Island, as the party's designee for this year's gubernatorial race. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NEW YORK CITY (VINnews) — Congressman Lee Zeldin, frontrunner for Governor on the Republican ticket, tore into his GOP opponents on Thursday.

During an interview with Sid Rosenberg on WABC’s “Bernie and Sid in the Morning”, Zeldin accused Andrew Giuliani and Rob Astorino of submitting “thousands of illegal signatures” on their ballot petitions.

Sid asked Zeldin point blank about claims by his two leading opponents, alleging that he fought to keep them off the ballot.

Zeldin staunchly defended himself, while accusing his opponents of trying to get on the ballot using fraudulent tactics.

He said that while he prefers to focus on real issues, his opponents have steered the focus to personal matters, and he would respond.

In a stunning accusation, Zeldin alleged that Giuliani submitted “thousands of forged signatures” on his petition for candidacy. In his bombshell claim, Zeldin said that campaign operatives essentially “sat and went down the petition sheet while looking at a list of voter roles”, and they forged the signatures of voters.

He explained that while the Board of Elections threw out duplicates and fake names, as well as out-of state signatures, only a court could determine forged signatures.

As a result, Zeldin opted to move forward with his campaign, rather than engaging in a long, drawn out court battle, which he is confident would have been successful.

In addition Zeldin attacked Rob Astorino, saying that a court removed his running mate Michael Grace off the ballot, as a direct result of having so many illegal signatures.

Rosenberg asked Zeldin about comments made by Giuliani on his show, saying that “Lee is a product of back-room deals in Albany. I am the people’s guy.”

Zeldin urged his opponents to “stop bellyaching about petitions” and focus on the issues that are impacting many New Yorkers, as a result of Governor Hochul’s disastrous policies.

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