Espada's Challenge
July 29th, 2010

A war of words — as well as a battle over filing petitions — has broken out between State Sen. Pedro Espada and one of his opponents, Gustavo Rivera.

Espada is challenging the signatures on Rivera’s petitions in an effort to get him booted off the ballot, a move that Rivera’s camp called “disgusting” and a sign of “how scared Mr. Espada is.”

Not so, said Daniel Pagano, Espada’s election lawyer in a statement. According to Pagano, Espada’s people conducted a line-by-line review of Rivera’s signatures and “found considerable evidence that the petition signatures Mr. Rivera filed with the Board of Elections are invalid.” Challenging them, the statement continued, “is good government at work. If Mr. Rivera’s petition signatures can’t stand up to scrutiny and meet election law standards … he deserves to be removed from the ballot because he is not a valid candidate. ”

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