TROY - Council President Rodney Wiltshire is challenging the petitions of mayoral hopeful Earnest Everett in court.
Three candidates turned in more than the required 402 signatures to get on the ballot – Wiltshire, Everett and Patrick Madden.
Wiltshire turned in the most signatures with 1,261, Madden, who is not enrolled in any party but is the Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate filed 1,107 while Everett filed 855.
But, Russell Ziemba, a Democrat and former Council candidate filed specific objections to 508 of Everett’s signatures based on the belief they from people not enrolled in any party, enrolled in a party other than Democratic or enrolled as a Democrat but living outside of Troy. The case is expected to be in court next week.
The first step in the scrutiny of the signatures are by the commissioners at the Board of Elections – Democrat Ed McDonough and Republican Larry Bugbee. While Bugbee bounced many of the signatures McDonough ruled they were valid so now a judge will determine if each of Ziemba’s specific objections are valid.
"It's disrespectful to me and my team and it's disrespectful to the people supporting me," Everett told the Times Union.
Everett did draw the first ballot position in the primary should his withstand the challenge to his petitions. Wiltshire will appear second and Madden third.
While the objections are technically filed by Ziemba, it comes from the Wiltshire camp. It’s widely believed Everett will syphon votes from Wiltshire should there be a three-way primary. Both Wiltshire and Everett are black, for starters, and they are both running against the established Democratic Party.
Rodney became black only when he ran for office. PhonyReplyDelete
Wiltshire can't have it both ways. He claims to be running against a political machine but it's his team that's the one using nasty political tactics to deny voters a choice in the mayoral primary.ReplyDelete
Interesting that Bugbee ruled in favor of Wiltshire considering that Ziemba went and consulted with Bugbee before filing his his objections...Seems pretty clear Wiltshire will sleep with anyone to get elected.ReplyDelete
What's so wrong with letting Ernest be on the ballot? Is Rodney that afraid of his (lack of) support? Notice the real Dems didn't object....let the voters decide.ReplyDelete
Rodney should be running scared....he hasn't a chance against Madden. Rod's showing his true color and desperation by going after Everett - the real black candidate in the race.ReplyDelete
Yeah but, what happened with Jimmy and the PoPo being called to the house? I know you know Jim. You have a good source. Gotta be careful, aspirations can be gone in a flash. Do the right thing Jim, report it. You'll get as many hits as he did!ReplyDelete
So you were there when the police came? Did you have your x-ray vision going? Was your super hearing tuned in. Ever have a fight with your wife? --everybody does.Sometimes they get loud douche bag. Get a life Kevin --you're a nobody. #PitchingCoachDelete
LOL. Spouses fight but they don't call the cops. Why can't your wife speak- you won't let her? Wonder why she was so upset in the first place. Guess you've been out late too often doing God knows what. And the rest of us know what, too. Youre on your way out Jimbo!!Delete
Whatever you say, Felon Superhero. Go grab Wonder Woman and call it a day.Delete
Anyone know what is going on with the republican end of the race? Any interesting happenings voters might be concerned about?ReplyDelete
Glad to see Mr. Franco writes the truth about where objections to Everett are coming from. Despite denials in Record by rookie reporter, Wiltshire is the decision maker on whether Everett is challenged. Both Wiltshire and his campaign manager deny involvement in this destructive move yet anyone can see through their lies. It's one more example of lies and deception by this councilman who thinks he can fool the voters.ReplyDelete
Said reporter? More like Rod's' cheerleader.Delete
That's because the rookie reporter is a Democrat and biased.Delete
To quote Tom Wade on your show: "I am not afraid of primaries. I have always felt that as long as the law provides for primaries. As long as you comply with the regulations i.e. getting enough signatures then you know let the voters decide."ReplyDelete
Except when the insurgent not complying with the law is actually helpful to his personal vendetta against Wiltshire. Then by all means accept all of the fraudulent signatures you can.
Why would the Democratic Commissioner be so unconcerned with non-Democrats nominating people to the line?
First the Democrats nominate a non-Democrat. Then the non-Democrats nominate a new Democrat. All for fear of a life long Democrat with strong democratic principles getting in and putting a stop to their anti-democratic control.
The only one with a personal agenda is Rodney. It's all about furthering his future not Troy's. Never mind about telling the truth or letting the voters decide in a primary...stop spreading your lies, Rodney!Delete
What planet are you writing from ? Its obvious you don' have a clue.Delete
Rrepublicans want Wiltshire to advance cuz he sleps with any poltical bedfellow cuz he has no scruples.
Rodney's not the only one sleeping with odd political bedfellowsDelete
Man dats dat bouwlll schittt.ReplyDelete
Cucumber love @cityhall. Screen of the Gate Keeper goes dark. Why would a reporter cover this? Auditors & now this.ReplyDelete
If Mr. Everett's signatures are indeed valid, that is fine. He should be in the race. If they are illegal, then they should be tossed as he should also for knowingly submitting illegal ballots. Didn't we all learn something a few years ago?ReplyDelete
What is interesting is who is behind the signature challenge for his own self benefit. The same guy who was absent two years in a row when it came to voting on the budget, because he was on vacation.
Ernest Everett is a class actReplyDelete
Ah Rodney the end is near..you will be exiled to the island of misfit toys with dart lady, Anasha Claus, the vacationing Anastasia and the rest of your wing nuts..thank God...ReplyDelete
Kid comes out of nowhere, and continues to scare the shit out of do nothing Rodney & his band of misfits. Not going to be like Cox and his 110 votes --this kid is the real deal. Best candidate out there in my opinion. Go Ernie, Go Ernie --it's your birthday!!!!!!!ReplyDelete
Ernest is a fraud, who committed fraud, and is supported by the same clown posse of Dems, led by the Rensco BOE Commissioner who was involved with the last fraud case.ReplyDelete
He'll be kicked off the ballot because real dems don't want their line hijacked by liars and fools.
Have to reply to this. I personally don't know Tom Wade but he has been the person I've always associated with democrats. If he's against Mr. Wiltshire who is the liar and the fool?Delete
How do you spell corruption......Rensselaer County Board of Elections.ReplyDelete
Enough of Gordon, Ernie Douglas, Rodney the job creator, half-wit Cox, & Slumlord Madden. A real candidate is about to emerge. AMEN!ReplyDelete
Loved the cards Rodney. I'm sure voters will embrace the fact that Anasha has never cut his beard or hair-EVER. That a sure fire vote getter.Turning into a freak show already.ReplyDelete
It's the Manboob Slate.Delete
If Mr. Wiltshire was not behind the challenge to Mr. Everett's petitions, then why was he in court to be there for the decision from the judge ? Looks like the Dem. Primary will have three candidates. Mr. Wade must like that.ReplyDelete
What's going on w Lou and the newest scandal at city hall. Rumor has it lawsuits for sexual harassment are being filed. Maybe the privacy screen should have been bought a few years earlier. Medical leave?!??!?!ReplyDelete
The privacy screen was purchased after the first complaint in 2013Delete
What is this I hear about the gatekeeper looking at porn for the past 8 months and the mayor not doing anything about it? ..:: can you say LAW SUIT?!??? Poor gals in that officeReplyDelete
What could be disrespectful Mr. Everett is signed petitions that are not the real deal. That is disrespectful to the voters of Troy. The Troy Police Department will sort that out soon enough.ReplyDelete
480 Bogus Signatures & Wades People Are not Involved are you kidding meReplyDelete
Sounds like a Mac attack!Delete
I heard the capital district's coalition on Domestic Violence is planning to make an appearance at the mayoral debate. Mrs. Gordon, better wear a big pair of dark sunglassesReplyDelete