Bishop says Heaney using “Gestapo tactics” over primary petitions

Bob Bishop said Monday that his GOP primary opponent, Andrew Heaney, is using “Gestapo tactics” in an effort to kick him off the June primary ballot.

Bishop, the Hamden hay executive looking to clinch the Republican nomination in the 19th Congressional District, said Heaney’s supporters went door to door “harassing” Republicans who signed Bishop’s petitions over the weekend.

Bishop’s campaign quotes a Walton man who says he was visited and questioned about signing a petition for Bishop.

Bishop says that Heaney’s previous statements that he was happy to have Bishop in the race are disingenuous in light of the objections. Heaney is a heating oil executive from Dutchess County.

Three general objections have been filed with the state Board of Elections against Bishop’s petitions. The objections are filed byJason Page, Darin Page and Lorrie Morse, from Hyde Park, Rhinebeck and Port Ewen, respectively. Morse is an event manager for Heaney’s campaign while Darin and Jason Page have both contributed donations to Heaney’s campaign.

“Andrew Heaney can no longer be taken at his word,” Bishop said in a release. “He tells the voters one thing and then works in secrecy in direct conflict of his previous statements. The new tactics he has employed show just how far he will go to have my name removed from the ballot. Political games like these are the reason voters lack trust in their elected officials and Andrew Heaney is showing that he will be no different than the political elite in Washington.”

When asked for comment Heaney’s campaign manager, David O’Connell, pivoted their response into an attack of the third GOP primary opponent, John Faso, a former state assemblyman.

“The rules are the rules, rigged by and for insider-lobbyists like John Faso, but it’s the law and if you are running for public office you follow the law,” O’Connell said.

The 19th district includes all of Ulster and Sullivan counties. Two Democrats, Will Yandik and Zephyr Teachout, are also facing a primary in June.

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