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Queens GOP leader won’t back Pappas

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Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2018 10:30 am

Anthony Pappas is running on the Republican line against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez but he doesn’t have the backing of the Queens County GOP.

When Chairwoman Joann Ariola-Shanks and Bronx County GOP Chairman Michael Rendino asked Pappas in early September how his fundraising was going, he said that an account with $1,200 was seized because of his divorce case, in which he owes $1.5 million.

According to Ariola, Pappas told them there was also a 20-year order of protection against him because of accusations he beat his wife, put her in the hospital and caused facial reconstruction.

“Well, at that point we kind of had to collect ourselves and we told him that very day that we would be rescinding our support for him,” Ariola-Shanks said. “Because we could not, in good, conscience, run a candidate who was involved in a domestic violence incident and had an order of protection against him.”

Pappas denied the allegations that he beat his wife.

Pappas had come to the party in March seeking its endorsement and they were impressed with his resume.

After Ocasio-Cortez pulled off the primary upset, the Queens County GOP asked him if he had started filing out campaign information and he told them he had not.

Ariola-Shanksfelt that the race might be too big for him but says, “He was adamant about the fact that he wanted to run, he was ready to run.”

Then came the revelation about the divorce case though Pappas has remained in the race even after losing the official endorsements of the party leaders.

How could the party not know about the divorce which has received attention online? “We took it at face value but we have since implemented that anybody coming to the Queens County GOP for endorsement, at their own cost, will have to pay for a background check that we supply,” Ariola said.

She recommends that Republicans vote for the Conservative candidate or a write in.

Ariola-Shanks added, “I will never, as long as I’m the chair, suffer an embarrassment like this ever again.”

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