As we all know very well by now, there was a purge of voters from the rolls in Brooklyn in advance of the New York Democratic primary. Based on the recent reporting, it’s looking like the election official responsible for the purge, Diane Haslett-Rudiano, is being canned for this. So far, the purge is being reported as some sort of mistake, perhaps perpetrated by a fairly incompetent person:
Haslett-Rudiano reportedly skipped a step in normal procedure to prevent the removal of eligible voters when conducting a periodical purge of voters who had either died or moved away. This error resulted in the removal of nearly 8 percent of Brooklyn’s registered voters.
Haslett-Rudiano has a recent history of real estate dealings that provides her with a strange connection to the Clinton campaign. Until 2014, she was the owner of a distressed property (an old townhouse) on the Upper West Side of New York City. The property was generally viewed as a hazard, and for many years she refused to sell it off due to her emotional attachment to it. Not for lack of trying, eventually, however.
In 2013, the property was listed for sale, and according to Zillow, it was offered on April 21, 2013, for $1.5 million. Seems like a steal for a big Upper West brownstone, so the fact that it was taken off the market on June 20, 2013, would suggest that the place really was in a pretty terrible state.
And then something interesting happened.
In 2014, while the property was officially off the market (it never came back on, according to Zillow), it sold for $6.6 million. To “an investment group, Holliswood 76 LLC, headed by Dana Lowey Luttway, a developer and daughter of U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey (D, N.Y.).”
I am not intentionally promoting a conspiracy theory. The dots to connect here are obvious. I am bothered. We don’t need any more baseless accusations of election fraud or vote suppression in this primary. So somebody, anybody -— show me there is no reason to wonder here.