Earlier today Brooklyn State Senator Carl Kruger resigned and plead guilty to accepting over $1 million in bribes.
While he faces the prospect of jail time, the jockeying is already under way to replace him. On the Democratic side, City Councilmember Lew Fidler has the clear edge. On the Republican side, David Storobin, a lawyer and an official in the Brooklyn GOP, told The Politicker that he already has a breakfast scheduled tomorrow with GOP Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and with Brooklyn State Senator Marty Golden.
Mr. Storobin declined to say where the meeting would be held but did specify that it would not be a fundraiser. And even though there are several candidates vying for the GOP nod, he said Craig Eaton, the county Republican chairman, had already asked him to run.
“At this point I still have not made my final decision as to what I am going to do,” he said. “I need to speak to my family, my friends, and my political advisers.”
Mr. Storobin said that the district gave John McCain his second largest vote margin over Barack Obama in 2008, and that it voted for Bob Turner over David Weprin by a 2-1 margin in the 2011 special election to replace Anthony Weiner.
“I am obviously very pleased and honored that people want to support my candidacy. Whoever runs, I believe this will be a Republican seat.”
Mr. Storobin is a criminal defense and bankruptcy attorney who runs his own law firm. According to its website:
David Storobin is a family lawyer admitted to practice law in Federal and New York State courts. Mr. Storobin regularly appears on TV and radio as an expert and has been quoted in books and newspapers.
In addition to receiving a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University Law School, Mr. Storobin also graduated from the Civil Trial Institute, the New York Trial Academy, National Criminal Defense College and Western Trial Advocacy Institute.
Prior to starting his own practice, Mr. Storobin worked for a New York Supreme Court Justice and then a prominent New York law firm.
Although Mr. Fidler is expected to have a huge fundraising and name recognition advantage, he said that he would be out of touch with the district.
“Lew Fidler doesn’t fit this district ideologically,” Mr. Storobin said, noting that Mr. Fidler is pro-gay marriage and has voted to increase taxes.
“Ideologically speaking, of all the people here, Republican and Democrats, he is the most liberal elected official and this is not a liberal district. Every time you talk about taking money from the wealthy, the Russians get very upset. And the orthodox Jews are very socially conservative. These are not the kind of people that vote for Lew Fidler.”
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