Ann M. Simmons and Michelle Martinelli update: Election law for Lively met with Lazio at Italian dinner

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Scott Lively met with Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Rick Lazio at a World Roma Federation fundraising dinner in Little Italy last night at the Knights of Columbus.

A campaign spokesman for Lively’s campaign says Lazio is the only candidate in the race “for the moral rehabilitation of the Church.” The spokesman described their meeting as “very cordial.”

A source says that Lively, who came to the dinner with his wife and daughter, was asked by Lazio to speak with the Society of the Divine Word priests who were present.

Lazio is the latest in a long line of Republican pols to be accused of engaging in voter fraud, but for Lazio the stakes are higher. As we noted in March, Lazio’s Democratic rival for Senate, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, says that a Bloomberg administration would prosecute voter fraud “without hesitation and in the worst cases as a felony.” Lazio was the Republican candidate for governor in 1994 who backed a bill that eliminated ID as a requirement for voter registration and casting a ballot, and who has since criticized Bloomberg for what he describes as not doing enough to prevent voter fraud.

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