Former Lt. Gov. Benjamin plans to remove himself from ballot
Former Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin says he will sign the necessary documents to remove himself from the state primary ballot.
In a tweet, he says he is innocent of the charges. However, he says he won’t be able to serve under these circumstances.
Benjamin resigned last month as lieutenant governor.
He was indicted on charges related to campaign fraud.
The New York State Senate introduced a bill that would remove his name.
Currently, a candidate’s name can only be removed if he or she dies, runs for another office or moves out of state.
Lawmakers would have to pass a new law to make it possible for Benjamin to remove his own name from the ballot.
I will sign the necessary paperwork to remove myself from the ballot. I am innocent of these unsubstantiated charges. However, I would be unable to serve under these circumstances. I want to thank all of my constituents and supporters for giving me the opportunity to serve. pic.twitter.com/s7HYTiNiZp— Brian Benjamin (@BrianBenjaminNY) May 2, 2022