The race to be the Republican nominee to face Democrat Tom Suozzi in November for the congressional seat vacated by Steve Israel in Nassau and Queens counties continues to be a huge mess.
After candidate and state senator Jack Martins failed to get opponent Philip Pidot kicked off the ballot, a process which extended past the original June primary date for federal elections, a judge ruled that a new primary would take place on October 6.
That's not acceptable to Martins, who wants a court to cancel the primary and move back the general election scheduled for November 8, when we'll be going to the polls to vote for our favorite – or least loathed – choice for president of the United States,
Instead, he wants the general election, of which Martins would be the Republican nominee if he is indeed able to null and void the judge's ruling scheduling an October 6th primary, moved to the random date of December 6.
We're not sure how this is all going to play out, but we have a feeling there is going to be a random October Republican Primary in northeast Queens and Nassau counties, but in the meantime, we sure are enjoying Pidot's – or “Flip” as his friends, allies and office interns call him – press releases concerning the matter.
Flip's campaign sent out a spoof release recently joking that Martins had filed a court motion to move Christmas to January. Here's an excerpt from the fake motion:
“I [The Petitioner] have been seriously and demonstrably aggrieved -- period. But having to face a Republican Party primary, especially one on October 6 due to my exceedingly expensive, wholly unsuccessful, and ever-ongoing litigation, is particularly galling and prejudicial. As the official Long Island Republican machine candidate I should be rendered immune from the normal democratic processes as defined by the U.S. and New York State Constitutions which are now routinely ignored. A January 12 Christmas would also assist Long Island and Queens voters in acclimating to this year’s new calendar, herewith known as ‘The Martins Calendar.’"
Now that kind of satire is right up Pol Position's alley!
For his part, Martins is choosing to ignore that Pidot or his campaign is even a real thing, saving his political attacks for Tom Suozzi. Martins went after Suozzi for withdrawing his petitions to create a new political line on the ballot after allegations of widespread fraud.
Suozzi blamed an unseasoned and overzealous campaign worker for the petition issues.
Later in the week, Martins also sent out a release alleging that Suozzi gave himself $115,000 in pay raises as Nassau County executive and mayor of Glen Cove, netting himself over $500K total in extra income.
We guess Pidot is going to have to get even more sarcastic if he wants to get a response out of Martins. On that note, please get more sarcastic Flip!