To the Editor:
Elise Stefanik, a Republican congressional candidate, recently alleged that her primary opponent “played political – and potentially fraudulent – games” during the petitioning process.
We were offended. We had just spent countless hours collecting signatures for our candidate, Matt Doheny. We sacrificed time with our family and braved freezing temperatures, snow and wind. Dogs chased us; one of us accidentally fell down a stairwell.
We did it because we like Matt. We like that he grew up here and that he started his business and his family here. We’re impressed that he left college with $150,000 in debt - and, through hard work and determination, became a successful businessman. We like that he saved tens of thousands of American jobs during his career, and that he’s still out there trying to help troubled companies regain their footing.
Matt is the best candidate, and we were happy to make these sacrifices to help him get on the ballot.
The Board of Elections reviewed our work, and upheld 97.4 percent of Matt’s Independence Party petitions. They invalidated just 43 of the 1,666 signatures we all collected.
Matt’s opponent said her campaign is about “right and wrong, and setting a higher standard for service. Being honest in public representation is a critical standard in that regard.”
By Elise Stefanik’s own standard, she has failed us. She was dishonest in how she publicly represented her opponent’s petition. They were not “potentially fraudulent.” They were not “inflated.” They were not attained through “questionable tactics.”
We ask Elise Stefanik to put her words to action, and apologize for misleading voters regarding the validity of her opponent’s signatures. Otherwise, we can rightfully assume that Elise Stefanik has no intention of doing what she says – hardly meeting the “critical standard” we look for in choosing our next member of Congress.