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NY-26: Jon Powers Accuses Jack Davis of Petition Fraud

by on August 6, 2008

Things are getting uglier for the Democrats of the 26th congressional district. 

Jack Davis was accused of bribery last week.

Alice Kryzan challenges Jon Powers and Jack Davis to sign the so-called “Voters First Pledge.”

Jack Davis launches an anti-Jon Powers website.

Jon Powers put out a negative ad against Jack Davis.

Today, the Buffalo News not only reported on questions surrounding Powers’ War Kids Relief, but also on the Powers campaign’s accusations of petition fraud against Jack Davis.

The knock-down, drag-out Democratic primary battle in the 26th Congressional District became even hotter Monday, as the Jonathan P. Powers campaign accused a worker for rival Jack Davis of submitting fraudulent nominating petitions.

The Davis camp denied the charge, with a spokesman noting that if anything were really wrong, Powers could have tried to disqualify Davis from the ballot by filing a legal challenge at the state Board of Elections. He did not do so, and the deadline for that has now passed.

Powers, Davis and Alice J. Kryzan are competing for the Democratic nod in the race to succeed retiring Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence.

Powers spokeswoman Victoria Dillon said Taylor signed the witness statements on 31 pages of petitions, totaling 306 signatures. 

What’s also fascinating about this is that it’s not just the Powers campaign behind the allegations, but the Niagara County Democratic Party also joined in:

Niagara County Democratic Party Chairman Daniel Rivera, whose committee has endorsed Powers, joined in the fray by sending a letter to Niagara County District Attorney Michael J. Violante, calling for a criminal investigation of the petitions submitted by Kelly Taylor, a woman who formerly was a Niagara County Board of Elections clerk.

Taylor is now a paid member of Davis’ campaign staff, Davis spokesman Luke Vaughn confirmed.

I can’t help feeling good about the fact that while the Democrats are fighting a bloody primary battle Republicans are united behind Chris Lee.

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From → Campaign 2008, NY-26

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