One of the plaintiffs part of a lawsuit challenging Governor Cuomo for not holding a special election after Rep. Louise Slaughter’s death says he was recruited to join the suit by a representative for the Republican candidate.
Richard Hastings tells News 8 he was contacted by a representative for Dr. Jim Maxwell — the Republican running for the 25th Congressional District seat — and asked to join the lawsuit. Hastings also says he is a next-door neighbor to Jim Maxwell’s brother.
In the lawsuit filed this week, seven plaintiffs, all Monroe County voters, said Governor Cuomo had denied their right to representation by not calling for a special election to fill the 25th Congressional District seat after Rep. Louise Slaughter’s death. They wanted the election to be held ahead of Election Day in November.
According to court papers, the group of plaintiffs includes three Republicans, two Democrats and two voters who are not enrolled in a political party.
News 8 has reached out to other plaintiffs to learn more about their involvement in the lawsuit. Through campaign filings, News 8 has learned that David Seubert, another plaintiff, donated $5,000 to Maxwell’s campaign.
In a statement, a spokesperson, on behalf of Maxwell’s campaign says:
“Dr. Maxwell supports the idea of a special election, because the critical national issues facing Congress deserve a voice fighting for the people of Monroe County. Supporters of Dr. Maxwell filed the lawsuit because they believe that in a democracy, voters deserve to have their views represented in any decision made by Congress.”
Governor Cuomo’s office said in a statement, “We are working with the county and board of elections to find the best date that works for them, and we hope to have that selection shortly. We have not been served with any papers, so we cannot comment.”