New York Conservative Party Unknowingly Nominated a Dead Person for State Senate in 2010

Ballot Access News:

This New York Times story explains that the Conservative Party nominee for State Senate, 31st district, in 2010, was deceased before the party nominated him. Dr. Raphael M. Klapper, of the Bronx, died in May 2010. But during June and July, a petition was circulated to qualify him for the Conservative Party primary. He was dutifully nominated without opposition, and his name appeared on the November 2010 ballot. An investigation is underway to determine how this happened. Most of the district is in Manhattan.

The Conservative Party nominated 55 candidates for the 62 New York State Senate seats last year. They included 47 candidates who were also Republican nominees, one candidate who was also the Democratic nominee, and 7 candidates who weren’t the nominee of any other party. Dr. Klapper was one of the party’s nominees who wasn’t also a major party nominee. In the general election he received 1.62% of the vote. By contrast, in 2008, when the Conservative Party also ran someone in this district who wasn’t a major party nominee, the Conservative nominee only received .74%. Thanks to Rick Hasen for the link.

10 thoughts on “New York Conservative Party Unknowingly Nominated a Dead Person for State Senate in 2010

  1. paulie Post author

    Symbolic irony abounds.

    But really, why not? I would prefer any dead person in office to almost any live one. Even people who should have been kept far, far away from office when they were alive can be preferable to breathing politicians once they die.

    Running dead people for government office is a trend which we should encourage. Spread the word…a dead candidate on every ballot!

  2. Here's a radical idea

    We going to blame this on Wayne Allyn Root?
    His parents helped start the New York Conservative Party. There has to be a link here.

  3. paulie Post author

    More proof that the NY Conservative Party is dead.

    That was one of the things I meant by “ironies abound.”

  4. Gene Berkman

    In 1972 a Judge in Los Angeles County who was up for re-election died some weeks before election day. He faced a challenger, and the Los Angeles Times endorsed the dead Judge rather than the live challenger.

    Probably one of the few L.A. Times endorsements I did not object to that year.

  5. Richard Cooper

    I read the Times article that appeared today. Having run as a candidate and ballot drives, I was a little mystified. Candidates in NY must accept or decline their nomination within 3 days of submission of petitions. One wonders whether someone filed an acceptance in which case we have something for the District Attorney.

    If there was neither an acceptance or declination, then his name should not have appeared.

    I have been Nassau County Chair and was LPNY Chair 2000-02, and 06-07.

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