An anti-Trump Republican in New York can be seen allegedly illegally forging petition signatures in a parking lot in his effort to challenge New York Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik.
Lonny Koons, who is trying to primary Stefanik in New York’s 21st Congressional District, can be seen in his car in videos that were taken at the Ticonderoga Walmart Parking lot on March 24.
Watch below the video clip of Koons who was recorded in his car signing petitions for himself, unaware that he was being recorded.
Watch it here: NorthCountryWatch/Youtube
The petition filing period starts April 4. Republicans need a minimum of 1,250 signatures to appear on the ballot.
According to election laws, all the petition signatures appearing on the ballot should have original marks from the signers themselves.
Here’s what Koons said, according to Press-Republican:
“I am [dropping out of the race] mainly because I cannot sustain a political campaign on my own. I had stayed afloat by pulling out half of my 401k and that is not enough.”
According to Just The News, Koons wrote in a now-deleted Facebook post:
“It has come to my attention that I have been fraudulently filling in information on my petition sheets; I was unaware that by my filling in date and city cells as well as printing names of the signees after the fact that I was committing a fraudulent act.”
He later told the outlet asserting that he didn’t alter the signatures, just the names, and information of the signers.
“I had people who had lined out their names in order to correct it so I was recreating the messed up pages.”
“I know how this looks and because of that and the financial burden I have put myself in I am withdrawing from the race,” Koons added. “The implications of those videos goes against everything I stand for and I have to accept that no matter [my] intentions, it will always be viewed as if I were cheating.”
“I am sorry that I let so many people down; there is no excuse and nothing I can do to prove my intent. So with that, it’s just better for me to disappear politically.”
But Stefanik believed this kind of crime should be dealt very seriously:
“This is a serious crime and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Koons also told Times Union in November:
“Ms. Stefanik as a Republican is a great Republican, but she doesn’t represent the middle of our district. We’re the ones scraping by and living paycheck to paycheck, and she wasn’t brought up that way.”