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Candidate’s past comes to light

GOP finds evidence King resides in Coxsackie and has criminal record

— The party ended up endorsing then town committee Chairman Fred DiMaggio for the position of Bethlehem supervisor.

King has been at odds with the Republican Committee leadership in the past, but things have escalated markedly since he announced he would seek to primary DiMaggio on the Republican line. Now, even if King turns in a complete petition, the prospects of a September race between the two are muddled in light of the Board of Elections determination.

“I’m assuming that someone’s going to file an objection, based on he’s not a resident of the Town of Bethlehem, and therefore not qualified to run for office in the Town of Bethlehem,” Bledi said.

A question of conviction

Along with the registration challenge came documents that indicated King had been arrested in 1994 and subsequently convicted of larceny in the third degree and forgery in the second degree in Connecticut. He was sentenced to two years of probation.

King acknowledged the conviction. He said a company had refused to pay him for consulting work he had performed. He took a check from the company’s checkbook and several weeks later affixed the president of the company’s name and cashed it for $4,272.28. King argued since he was owed the money there was no felonious intent or intent to defraud, and he did not break the law. His conviction, he said, was the result of his self-representation and a hostile legal system.

King said he suffered “grotesque legal due process violations” and was effectively denied an appeal due to a catch-22 in which the state refused to provide him with a necessary form. He plans to reinstate his appeal and move to clear his name.

“The felony convictions are 20 years ago. I’m not guilty of the crimes in question. I can still appeal. … There’s a process to do that, I’m moving forward with that process,” he said.”

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