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ICYMI: Nearly Half of Zeldin’s Fraudulent Photocopied Petitions Originated from His Own Backyard


For Immediate Release: September 9, 2022

ICYMI: Nearly Half of Zeldin’s Fraudulent Photocopied Petitions Originated from His Own Backyard

Signatures Were Collected by Another January 6th Insurrectionist, Signed Off by Zeldin Campaign Staff
 

NEW YORK, NY - New reporting from Newsday  raises fresh questions in the ongoing “Xerox Zeldin” election fraud scandal. 

A new analysis shows that “close to half” of the fraudulent photocopied signatures submitted to get Lee Zeldin on the Independence Party line came from Suffolk County, which is considered Zeldin’s political “backyard.” Additionally, “36 of 968 photocopied pages were witnessed by senior members of the Zeldin campaign team, and another witness on multiple pages was James Robitsek of the Setauket Patriots,” a far-right group that “bused people down to the Capitol on Jan. 6.” 

As Newsday points out, the new information “sheds a little more light on how the signatures were collected — by a mix that included campaign people and patriot group gatherers, often in Zeldin’s Long Island backyard. Early on, Zeldin’s campaign had attributed the petition problems to mistakes made by ‘an entirely grass-roots effort.’”

“The fact that nearly half of Lee Zeldin’s fraudulent photocopied petitions originated from his own backyard in Suffolk County raises serious questions about the campaign’s role and what they knew of this ongoing election fraud scandal,” said New York State Democratic Party Chairman Jay S. Jacobs. “For Lee Zeldin to actively push election conspiracy theories, and then undermine our own state’s election process by submitting fraudulent signatures, is not only shameful, it poses a dangerous threat to our democracy. Lee Zeldin needs to immediately come clean with New Yorkers.”

Newsday (The Point): Zeldin and the photocopied signatures

One of the enduring questions about Lee Zeldin’s failure to get on the Independence Party ballot line has been how, exactly, the joint nominating application for Zeldin and four other statewide GOP candidates got padded with thousands of photocopied signatures.

Many of those photocopied petition signatures do have something in common, though: Close to half of them were from Suffolk County.

That’s according to a new analysis done by state Democrats that counted 44% of the disqualifying photocopied signatures as coming from Suffolk: 4,882 out of 11,036.

The analysis also finds 36 of 968 photocopied pages were witnessed by members of the Zeldin campaign team, and another witness on multiple pages was James Robitsek of the Setauket Patriots.

This information sheds a little more light on how the signatures were collected — by a mix that included campaign people and patriot group gatherers, often in Zeldin’s Long Island backyard. Early on, Zeldin’s campaign had attributed the petition problems to mistakes made by “an entirely grass-roots effort.”

Democrats have been eager to criticize the Shirley Republican for the photocopying issue, pointing to his focus on election fraud elsewhere, his voting against certification of Joe Biden as president, and the signature-gathering role played by hard-right groups like Long Island Loud Majority and Robitsek’s Setauket Patriots, which bused people down to the Capitol on Jan. 6.

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