Rent Party Gets Evicted From New York Ballot


The petition that placed the Rent is 2 Damn High Party on the New York ballot for Governor has been held as invalid, according to a report from Ballot Access News. The state also removed the Life & Justice candidate Michael J. Carey.

Jimmy McMillan, the party’s colorful frontman and gubernatorial nominee, drew national attention in 2010 following his performance in a televised debate. In that race he won nearly 42,000 votes.

McMillan has run for numerous offices, including mayor of New York City and governor. In 2012, he announced plans to run for President as a Republican but failed to qualify for any primary ballots. His 2013 mayoral campaign won the support of 1,990 New Yorkers or about 0.18% of the vote.

The decision leaves five candidates on the ballot…

As a result, there are five candidates on the New York November ballot for Governor: Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo (who is also the nominee of the Working Families, Independence, and Women’s Equality Parties); Republican Rob Astorino (who is also the nominee of the Conservative and Stop Common Core Parties); Green Party nominee Howie Hawkins; Libertarian nominee Michael McDermott; and the Sapient Party nominee, Steven Cohn. Cohn’s running mate is Bobby Kalotee, who held himself out as the national chair of the Reform Party for a brief period in 2008. At that time, he proclaimed that the Reform Party had endorsed Republican nominee John McCain for President.

Cuomo says he believes any gubernatorial debate should include all five candidates. Astorino says he believes Hawkins should be in the debates.

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