Dem Chair Arrested

PUBLISHED: 6:36 PM 31 Jan 2019
UPDATED: 6:59 PM 31 Jan 2019

Former Stamford Dem Party Head Arrested, Claims Ballot Forgery “Cloaked In Good Faith”

John Mallozzi, Stamford’s former Democratic Party chief, was arrested Wednesday on charges of ballot fraud, but he claims he acted in “good faith” and that is shouldn’t be a “criminal” offense.

Stamford's former Democratic Party chief John Mallozzi has been arrested for ballot fraud.

In Stamford, Connecticut, the city’s former Democratic Party chief John Mallozzi, was arrested Wednesday for charges related to ballot forgery and fraud in the 2015 election. After handwriting samples were compared, he appeared to forge ballots for a number of Spanish-speaking residents and Albanian-Americans new to the election system, according to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

The democrat ‘leader’s’ lawyer claimed that his conduct “was cloaked in good faith.”

Really? So, this democrat argument is that it was for the people’s good that he broke the law and illegally forged ballots?

“Mallozzi was charged with 14 counts each of filing false statements and second-degree forgery. He turned himself in to Stamford police on the charges, both Class D felonies punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000 per count.”

His bail was set at $50,000, which is a meager amount to most democrats.

Mallozzi chaired the Stamford Democratic City Committee from 2012 to 2016, and was a member of the Democratic State Central Committee.

“Investigators with the State’s Attorney’s Office in Stamford allege that Mallozzi’s handwriting matched that of signatures on 14 absentee ballots assigned to voters who said they never requested them.

“According to the arrest affidavit, the town clerk’s office wrote Mallozzi’s initials on 34 ballot applications to indicate they went to him. A state forensic scientist determined that 14 of the resulting ballots were fraudulent, the affidavit states.

“State’s Attorney Richard J. Colangelo Jr. said the probe was limited to the one election, in which Stamford voters chose city representatives and members of the finance and school boards.”

“We investigated the 2015 election,” Colangelo said yesterday. “Anything prior to that, there were no records for us to look at.”

Mallozzi’s attorney, Stephan Seeger, said his client shouldn’t be charged with criminal acts.

“Mr. Mallozzi has fully cooperated, honoring all of the state’s attorney’s requests for assistance in the investigation,” Seeger said by email. “He has been an active participant in community politics for three decades, and has faced these allegations head-on from the outset, because he believes in the system and its inherent fairness.”

Seeger claimed, “this case could easily be misunderstood as one involving an attempt to skew election results, or gain an unfair advantage. However, nothing could be further from the truth.”

Mallozzi’s conduct “was cloaked in good faith,” Seeger said.

Really? Apparently, it’s okay for democrats to break the law if they’re doing something that won’t deliver an ‘unfair advantage?’ Come on! Results of the election show otherwise, with absentee ballots having the power to skew the municipal race where only a few hundred people even voted.

“That is why any irregularity for which he has been charged does not rise to the level of criminal conduct,” he said. “If you take a look at the whole picture, it becomes clear that absentee ballot procedures lend themselves to what might be referred to as procedural complacencies.”

Mallozzi will plead not guilty and wants to find a “fair resolution” to his illegal and unethical conduct, Seeger said.

Josh Fedeli, who succeeded Mallozzi as the head of the Democratic City Committee, said the party wasn’t responsible.

“This is not a systemic problem within the party,” Fedeli claimed. “There was never a time when the Democratic Party was in question, or when the party as an entity was found to have done something wrong. This was the result of the actions of one individual. Any and all wrongdoing should be brought to our attention, and we hold the rights of voters to be most paramount in the democratic process.”

In the Board of Representatives races (of course) Democratic incumbent “Michael Briscoe of District 17 was declared the winner, defeating Republican Jon Hoch by one vote. A recount, however, declared Hoch the winner by one vote.”

“On the Board of Finance, Democrat David Kooris beat the next-highest vote-getter, Republican Dennis Mahoney, by 99 votes. The difference in their absentee-ballot votes, 351 for Kooris and 242 for Mahoney, was 109 — enough to turn the race.”

“According to the arrest warrant affidavit, the alleged fraud was uncovered when Stamford Republican Registrar of Voters Lucy Corelli contacted the State Elections Enforcement Commission to report that a Stamford man, Shkadran Hoti, had voted twice in the 2015 election — once by absentee ballot and once at the polls.

“Hoti told investigators that on Election Day 2015 he was rejected at his District 8 polling place in the Cove by a monitor who told him the record showed he’d already voted by absentee ballot. Hoti said he had not. The monitor allowed Hoti to vote after Hoti filled out a form attesting that he did not vote by absentee.

“Donna Loglisci, the town clerk at the time, checked and found an absentee ballot application and a ballot in Hoti’s name, but the signatures on those did not match the signature on Hoti’s voter registration card.”

Big surprise.

“Of the 34 applications investigated, seven were in Spanish, five were for members of Mallozzi’s family and 22 were for Stamford residents of Albanian descent, most of whom were recently registered voters, according to the affidavit.”

“Many of the signatures (on the ballot applications) appear to be a similar style of writing,” the affidavit states.

This highlights the unscrupulous actions considered normal by many democrats.