There’s only one person standing between newly minted Democratic congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and DC — a Queens Republican who hasn’t even filed the paperwork needed to raise campaign funds.
The Queens County GOP nominated Anthony Pappas, a 72-year-old professor from Astoria who teaches economics and finance at St. John’s University, back in February.
His campaign has no website or Facebook page. He has not filed the paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission needed to take donations.
“I haven’t filed anything because the donations have been zero,” said Pappas. “I’m starting from the basement.”
A spokeswoman for Councilman Eric Ulrich, a Queens GOP powerbroker, said he was not available to comment.
Messages left with the Queens Republican Party and its chairwoman, Joann Ariola, were not returned.
Any GOP bid in the 14th District, which covers parts of Queens and the Bronx, is a long shot: Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 6-1 margin.
“I’m running to help everyone,” Pappas said.
But asked about his top issues, he didn’t mention immigration — although half of the district’s population is Latino — or even President Trump.
He spent most of his time talking about putting restraints on state judges in divorce cases — which are not federal matters.
It’s a personal cause for Pappas, who cited his own divorce case, which he said began in 2004 and was still ongoing.
Judges “can make up false narratives and accusations, and it is very hard to reverse their rulings,” he said. “I went through a divorce, and I had experiences that were bizarre and horrific.”
New York divorce records are sealed, and his ex-wife did not return a message for comment.
He claimed his case was prolonged by judges who were “biased and sort of stepped off the case.”
“The replacements don’t really want to make changes,” he said.
“They can just respond that all of your arguments are without merits. You’re facing a judicial dictatorship in a way.”
Pappas’ St. John’s bio shows he has a Ph.D. in economics from Yale and a bachelor’s from MIT.
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