• July 21, 2019
  • Welcome!
    |
    ||
    Logout|My Dashboard

Queens Chronicle

Platta is runner-up in primary and off ballot

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2018 10:30 am

A lawyer who decided to throw his hat into the political ring, Slawomir Platta was defeated by Tom Sullivan in the Republican primary for state Senate District 15 last Thursday.

“Did I see this coming? No,” Platta said in a phone interview with the Chronicle. “I was definitely hoping that my opponent was going to act more honorably than he did but, again, lesson learned.”

What bothered Platta was a Sullivan advertisement which had Platta in handcuffs. “We were leading in polls up until 48 hours when he decided to send this nasty mailing with Photoshopping my face to a person in handcuffs,” Platta said.

The flier made reference to Platta being arrested and charged with harassment last year. In a meeting with the Chronicle editorial staff last month, Platta said the charges had been dismissed.

“I was outraged,” Platta said Tuesday. “I was outraged and I think he went way too far, especially with my understanding that he is an Army veteran, I was expecting more of him.”

During the campaign, Platta had started the “No Homeless Shelter Party” and looked to have enough signatures to be on the ballot as a third-party candidate in November. A few days before the primary, he learned the line had been rejected.

“As far as I understand, and again this is what I was told by my legal team, the Board of Elections rejected the petition and that was the end of it,” Platta said.

He didn’t remember being given a reason and was told that was the end of the process. “It was happening all at the very end when I was really busy with campaigning,” Platta said.

When asked for his prediction for the general election in two months, Platta said, “I don’t know. I certainly wish well the Republican Party and the people of the Republican Party.”

Sullivan will face state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach).

Now Platta is back at his law firm. “I’m happy to be back at work and I will be definitely going back to my community, the people that supported me in this election,” he said, adding that he will definitely run for office again at some point.

More about

Welcome to the discussion.