Skip To Content

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Breaking News

Jewish Candidate Calls Dead Man’s Signature On Rival’s Petition ‘Troubling’

A Jewish candidate in a Virginia Beach district that could be key for the Democrats regaining the House in November said allegations of signature fraud by her Republican rival get more “troubling by the hour” after a dead man’s name was reportedly found on a ballot petition.

Retired Navy commander Elaine Luria released the statement after a special prosecutor was appointed to investigate if campaign staff for Republican Rep. Scott Taylor forged signatures — including of a man who passed away in April — in an effort to get rival Democrat Shaun Brown on the ballot as an independent to split the vote.

Special prosecutor Donald Caldwell was appointed on Aug. 7 after news broke about the possible forgeries.

One of the names in question was for Stuart Cake, a civil servant with the Navy, who passed away on April 6.

Cake’s signature was reportedly signed on June 9.

Taylor, who was first elected in 2016, had already fired his campaign manger before the scandal.

Brown dropped out of the Democratic primary after being indicted on federal corruption charges that a non-profit she ran falsified records about meals served to low-income children.

The Democrats had already been eyeing the district as a potential pickup and Luria was among a crop of Jewish candidates who outraised their opponents from April through the end of June.

The outcome, though, was still far from certain as the Republicans garnered 9,000 more votes during the June 12 primary and Taylor still leads in overall fundraising.

Contact Ben Fractenberg at [email protected] or on Twitter, @fractenberg





    Hybrid: Online and at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

    Oct 2, 2022

    6:30 pm ET · 

    A Sukkah, IMKHA, created by artist Tobi Kahn, for the Marlene Meyerson JCC of Manhattan is an installation consisting of 13 interrelated sculpted painted wooden panels, constituting a single work of art. Join for a panel discussion with Rabbi Joanna Samuels, Chief Executive Director of the Marlene Meyerson JCC of Manhattan, Talya Zax, Innovation Editor of the Forward, and Tobi Kahn, Artist. Moderated by Mattie Kahn.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.