New York City voters may not relish seeing mayoral wannabes stuff their faces with hot canines, however after the way in which the Board of Elections botched the preliminary ranked-choice vote counting, perhaps it’s not such a foul thought.
With that in thoughts, the skilled consuming league that hosts the Nathan’s Famous Coney Island hot dog-eating contest joked Thursday that the City Hall hopefuls scarf down wieners and buns on July 4, in a face off that may decide the Democratic main’s winner.
“We view this as a patriotic service to New York City that will bring certainty to a laborious and potentially fraught vote-counting process,” Major League Eating Chair George Shea stated, in a bid to each remedy the town’s main dilemma and promote his annual ceremony of summer season off the Coney Island boardwalk.
“MLE’s integrity is unquestioned, and the organization has deep experience adjudicating complex and difficult contests.”
All candidates who had not conceded within the race — Eric Adams, Kathryn Garcia and Maya Wiley — are invited to a three-minute, all-you-can-eat gobble down on Sunday. Though Adams holds a slight lead over Garcia in preliminary results, Garcia and Wiley would have a possibility to play ketchup and develop into voracious victors if the pair of contenders don’t assume mail-in votes would achieve this, beneath the tongue-in-cheek Independence Day proposal.
In a trolling letter despatched Thursday to the election-bungling Board of Elections, Shea promised to “swiftly resolve” the first’s consequence, with the wolf down winner turning into New York City’s Democratic nominee for mayor.
“This contest would replace the current vote counting effort, with the winner becoming the general election candidate,” reads the letter.
The Major League Eating-organized competitors would accommodate Adams — an evangelical vegan — permitting him to eat meatless hot canines.
“Competitors would have the option of competing by eating the classic Nathan’s all-beef franks or with Nathan’s new vegan dogs,” Shea wrote.
The winner within the contest, held on the Brooklyn Cyclones Coney Island dwelling stadium, would face off in opposition to Curtis Sliwa, the Republican nominee, in a November common election chow down match up, Major League Eating floated.
“I’d be game for anything,” Sliwa informed The Post Thursday. “I think it’s great.”
The Guardian Angels founder additionally touted his pigging out prowess.
“I think, in this case, the odds go to me, as I have been a champion before and I have been a competitor,” Sliwa stated.
“I was the world pickle eating champion four years in a row, back between 1998 and 2002,” he recalled. “I have competed. In fact, in 1996, I finished third, eating 16 hot dogs, which nowadays wouldn’t even get you to qualify for the main contest.”
Adams, Garcia, Wiley and the bunkered down BOE declined to touch upon Major League Eating’s tongue in cheek letter.
The metropolis elections board despatched the mayoral race right into a state of chaos on Tuesday, when it launched ranked-choice voting outcomes on its web site that included 135,000 additional ballots extra votes than ballots New Yorkers, which Adams’ marketing campaign flagged. After hours of confusion, the embarrassed BOE defined the error late Tuesday night.
“It has been determined that ballot images used for testing were not cleared from the Election Management System (EMS),” the board stated in a tweeted assertion of the snafu.
“When the cast votes were extracted for the first pull of RCV [ranked choice voting] results, it included both test and election night results, producing approximately 135,000 additional records.”
The board on Wednesday launched corrected outcomes, which confirmed an almost similar consequence because the one with the junk ballots.