Republican voters in Rochester, New York elected a dead man to serve as Assemblyman for the 133rd District Tuesday.
Lawyer and businessman Bill Nojay had represented the district and run a local radio show since 2012. But Nojay tragically took his own life last week, shooting himself the day before he was set to face fraud charges in court.
Nojay had a primary challenger, local mayor Rick Milne, but local GOP chairmen urged voters to elect Nojay anyways, which would empower them to pick their own replacement for the general election. Republican voters listened, and the dead Nojay won with 58% of the vote.
But all is not lost for Milne, as he plans to petition the chairmen to ultimately select him anyway. “I’ve given them a letter and they certainly know I’ve asked them to choose me,” he told the Democrat & Chronicle. “I’ve got to let them get together to make their decisions. It’s too bad the process went the way it went.”
[Image via NY State Assembly]
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