Republican candidate for Saratoga Springs Finance Commissioner Rob Barile’s petitions were successfully challenged by Bill McTygue. The result is that he will not appear on the ballot in November on the Republican line (he will still appear on the Conservative line) and whoever wins the Democratic primary will in all likelihood be the next commissioner of Finance.
As Bill McTygue has been heavily involved in Patty Morrison’s campaign, I contacted her. Her only response was “no comment.”
I contacted Matt Hogan, chair of the Saratoga Springs Republican Party. He offered the following:
“I haven’t been able to confirm that his petitions were disqualified. If they were, I can only say that these things are best decided by the voters rather than the lawyers.”
I contacted Michele Madigan, the current Commissioner of Finance, who is Ms. Morrison’s opponent in the Democratic Primary. She told me, “I considered challenging his petitions but decided against it. The public is best served when they have a choice of candidates.”