NY Democrats face more election challenges after Hochul's running mate removed from ballot
The political saga striking New York right now continues to heat up. First it was the congressional district maps, and now it's what's next for Gov. Kathy Hochul’s running mate.
Former Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin resigned after being charged with bribery and other related offenses. The state Legislature also voted to take him off the ballot as Gov. Kathy Hochul’s running mate this year, and she signed off on it as well.
“They know a governor deserves a running mate of her choosing, but this is not for me. It's about future cases for any office,” she said.
On Tuesday, a seven-chair committee made up of Democrats will meet to decide who will replace Benjamin on the ballot.
There is still a question of the congressional district maps. A Court of Appeals judge voided New York’s congressional and state Senate district maps, saying they were unconstitutional and gerrymandered in favor of Democrats. Soon, another map may be tossed in.
Attorney Aaron Foldenauer filed a motion on behalf of the head of the New York Young Republican Club to get the state Assembly maps redrawn as well.
“The attorneys who brought the initial redistricting lawsuit didn't challenge the state assembly maps at trial or on appeal. We're just bringing the Assembly map into the suit and to have the law that's already been decided apply,” Foldenauer says.
A special master is now charged with redrawing the maps, and they need to be done by May 20.
If the case against the assembly maps succeeds, the attorney says he thinks that map should be done by then as well.
It appears New Yorkers will be voting in two primaries this summer, on June 28 for governor and state Assembly and then Aug. 23 for Congress and state Senate.