Insurgent fights to get on Dem primary ballot

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The 27-year-old self-proclaimed Democratic socialist looking to unseat a longtime democratic state senator claims the long-time pol is trying to kick her off the ballot.

Political newcomer Julia Salazar wants to oust state Sen. Martin Malavé Dilan — who has represented parts of Bushwick, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Bedford-Stuyvesant, East New York, and Brownsville up in Albany since 2003 — but she is embroiled in a court case that started Wednesday after Dilan challenged her petitions with the city’s Board of Elections in an attempt to boot her from the ballot on primary day.

“He doesn’t want voters in our district to have a choice,” said Salazar, whose campaign picked up steam after fellow democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez famously bested an entrenched Queens congressman in June’s federal primary.

Dilan — a one-time ally of disgraced Democratic party boss Vito Lopez — claims Salazar hasn’t lived in the five boroughs long enough to run for office in Kings County.

Salazar, who grew up in Florida and now lives in Bushwick, says his accusations are ridiculous and merely an attempt by another machine politician to prevent constituents from having a voice.

“That’s absurd, of course. We can prove that I’ve lived in New York City for my entire adult life,” she said. “Incumbents like Dilan don’t fight fair. They’re not content to make their case openly and honestly and let the voters decide. Instead, they use every trick in the book to try to destroy their opponents with falsehoods, voter suppression, personal attacks, back-room deals and frivolous lawsuits — anything to distract from the issues and intimidate the people who challenge them.”

But Salazar, who has $118,415 in her war chest, according to state records, and whose campaign says she has collected 4,000 signatures to get on the ballot for the Sept. 13 Democratic primary — 3,000 more than needed — is confident that after the court case, voters will still have the opportunity to cast their ballots for her next month.

“I’m not intimidated by Sen. Dilan’s tactics, and I won’t be distracted, because I know I’m not out here alone,” said Salazar, who has picked up the endorsements of gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, Rep. Nydia Velazquez, and Councilman Antonio Reynoso (D–Bushwick). “And I know that together we’re stronger than any incumbent, stronger than the machine.”

A spokesman for Dilan, who has $71,265 in his campaign coffers, according to state records, didn’t respond to specific questions about the court battle but said a judge will decide his challenger’s fate on the ballot.

“The matter is before the court,” his spokesman said.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Posted 12:00 am, August 2, 2018
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Jim from Cobble Hill says:
Establishment Democrats using every dirty trick in the book again I see. All to keep their gravy train flowing and not listening to voters.
Aug. 2, 2018, 12:41 pm
Mr. Velazquez from Bushwick says:
I am sorry but if she gets kicked off is because she didn't qualify or meet all the requirements. That's what happens when you don't do your homework. I love my community unlike my congresswoman, and have seen long life friends have to leave because of the gentrifiers who are supporting this girl. One of my old time best friends family lived in the apartment she lives in because she could pay more rent.
Aug. 3, 2018, 9:12 am
Journalist from Test says:
My previous comment was blocked for some unknown reason, hmmmm
Aug. 3, 2018, 2:28 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
And people wonder why #walkaway is constantly trending on twitter. Wake up folks.
Aug. 3, 2018, 3:01 pm
Bob from Brooklyn says:
walkaway posts are written by trolls and bots. Pics of people who are supposedly ex-Dems are taken from Shutterstock, a photo site.
Aug. 3, 2018, 5:30 pm
Red Pillman from BKNY says:
Hey Bob, why not check out walkaway for yourself or do you believe everything the fake media tells you? There are hundreds of video testimonials, real people Gay black Hispanic white who are all joining together as patriots. Zero hate from them and total tolerance. That sounds like the America that I want to live in. Honestly, It’s mentally ill people like you who think everything they hear that they don’t agree with must be a troll or a bot. BKLYN paper will probably pull this post because the little snowflakes who work there are F a s c I sts
Aug. 4, 2018, 10:31 am
Times up from deathMetal says:
Living proof that this country is filled with dipshiiit,retard,cousinfukkkers:

Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
And people wonder why #walkaway is constantly trending on twitter. Wake up folks.

This fukkktard is so far up trumps azzzzzhole that his fukkking teeth are now orange.
Aug. 8, 2018, 5:06 pm

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