BY LYNN EDMONDS
The race for the 3rd Congressional District seat is already getting feisty.
On Monday, Democratic frontrunner John Kaiman’s campaign hit opponent Tom Suozzi with allegations that he had failed to get the required amount of signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.
“The law is clear; you need to have 1,250 enrolled Democrats sign your petition. Suozzi did not submit the required number of signatures, and thus is not eligible to run for congress. As was shown by our successful filing of over 4,000 signatures, it takes only grassroots support and a strong organization to get on the ballot,” Kaiman’s campaign manager Jeff Guillot wrote in a statement.
Suozzi’s campaign manager, Mike Florio, defended his candidate against the allegation.
“Tom Suozzi’s petitions are good and these sad attempts by his opponents to distract voters from the real issues facing our district and country, such as college affordability, support for our seniors and veterans, and the struggles of middle-class families, are straight out of the Republican playbook,” he said.
Kaiman, a former North Hempstead Town Supervisor, and Suozzi, a former Nassau County Executive, are likely the two Democrats with the broadest name recognition so far. Other contenders are Anna Kaplan, a North Hempstead Town Councilwoman, Steve Stern, a Suffolk county legislator and Jonathan Clark.
The third congressional district covers most of the north shore of Long Island, including much of Suffolk and Nassau Counties. It also covers a small chunk of northeast Queens including Whitestone, Beechurst, Malba, Bay Terrace, Douglaston, Little Neck and North Shore Towers. It is being vacated by eight-term Congressman Steve Israel (D-Nassau/Suffolk/Queens).
The primary election will take place on June 28.
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