Frank Seddio is planning a bid to fill Lew Fidler’s City Council seat in Brooklyn’s 46th District.
“I was going to run in 2013 anyway, but I haven’t really begun anything until this week,” Mr. Seddio told The Politicker. “I will be putting together a committee pretty shortly, probably focusing on 2013, but if it becomes open, I’m definitely running.
Yesterday, Councilman Lew Fidler formally launched his campaign to fill the State Senate vacated by Carl Kruger, who resigned before pleading guilty to federal corruption charges.
“Frankly, and I’m not just being coy about it, my main concern right now is that Lew Fidler wins the State Senate seat and we don’t have a second Republican senator in our area of Brooklyn,” Mr. Seddio said. ”If he does win, his seat is probably going to open up in March.
Mr. Seddio is a lawyer, former judge and leader for the Democratic party in the 59th Assembly District who was a close ally of Mr. Kruger’s and is famous for having elaborate, annual displays of Christmas decorations at his home in Canarsie.
Over the weekend, Mr. Seddio created a Facebook page for his Council campaign. Mr. Seddio will be pitted against Mercedes Narcisse, a community activist whose Facebook page describes her as the “CEO” of Statewide Medical & Surgical, which operates a medical supply shop on Avenue L in Brooklyn.
“I’m the godfather of her daughter, so I know her pretty well. Mercedes always wanted to do this, she sees it as an opportunity. This is America, everybody gets an opportunity. Good for her,” Mr. Seddio said.
Given their family ties, we asked Mr. Seddio if he wishes Ms. Narcisse luck with her campaign.
“I don’t know if luck is the right word. I hope if there’s luck it’s my luck, but I wish her well,” he said.
Mr. Seddio is a member of the Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club, a powerful, local political organization that also counts Mr. Fidler among its membership. Hours before Mr. Fidler officially launched his Senate bid, the Republican party was already citing his ties to local “party bosses” to paint him as an old-school, machine politician. Mr. Seddio rejected the idea that either he or Mr. Fidler are part of a political machine. He also pointed to the recent controversy over Tweets written by the Republican candidate for Mr. Kruger’s seat, David Storobin, that characterized President Obama as a Muslim as evidence the Republican Party is grasping at straws.
“I resent the term ‘machine politics.’ Look who’s calling the kettle black, the Republicans,” Mr. Seddio said. “These guys can’t get themselves a candidate to run for President. They want to talk about finding some Russian guy, this guy apparently had very many things on his either, Facebook page, or whatever they’ve been trying to scrub since he decided to run for office. It’s almost embarassing.”
Mr. Seddio is confident Mr. Fidler will defeat his opponent regardless of how the legislative lines are drawn in the redistricting process later this year.
“I’m very confident that somebody like Lew would win any district that he has to run in, because he’s that kind of hands-on kind of guy,” Mr. Seddio said. “If that’s what you call machine politics, I’m proud of that.”
Mr. Seddio clearly isn’t worried about attempts to paint him as a party boss. We also asked him if he’s concerned his association with Mr. Kruger could hurt his chances. Mr. Seddio doesn’t think his Kruger connection will be an issue.
“I know Carl for 40 years. I’m astounded that this whole thing happened. In my wildest dreams, I never believed he would do something like this, but it’s happened. He’s now resigned and he’s not a factor anymore,” Mr. Seddio said. “It’s a sad thing. It besmirches all of us, but it’s not a factor anymore. I almost think it’s like the ‘Harry Potter’ movies; ‘He who must not be named.’”
The 46th District includes the neighborhoods of Bergen Beach, Canarsie, Georgetowne, Starrett City, Flatlands, Futurama, Marine Park, Mill Basin, Mill Island, Gerritsen Beach, Madison and Sheepshead Bay.