Councilman Lew Fidler, who’s running for the State Senate in the special election to replace Carl Kruger, went onto Assemblyman Dov Hikind’s radio show late Saturday night to make his case before the program’s primarily Jewish audience. The guest host, Joe Lazar, who once ran for the City Council himself with Assemblyman Hikind’s backing, asked Councilman Fidler how he felt about one of his more controversial Council colleagues, Charles Barron.
“It was only really when he was at his most hateful that it was necessary to stand up,” Mr. Fidler responded. “The problem with Charles Barron is that he’s a pleasant human being. He’s fun to talk to. He’s glib. He’s articulate. That’s what makes him dangerous.”
The line of questioning made it clear how unpopular Councilman Barron, who’s praised Moammar Khadafy and routinely criticizes Israel, is among the radio show’s audience. “If you will excuse my sarcasm, there’s a very close friend of the Jewish people in the City Council, a guy named Charles Barron, who’s done everything he’s could to show his friendship to our community,” Mr. Lazar said to introduce the inquiry. “I’m sure you’ve had the pleasure or displeasure of having some conversations or having some dialogue with the gentleman. I was wondering if you could shed some light on any of that.”
“When we were first elected to the City Council at the same time in January of 2002, we came to understand who Charles Barron was very, very quickly,” Mr. Fidler answered. “We came to an understanding that Charles Barron should not be addressed except when absolutely necessary, because he loved the attention.” Councilman Fidler went on to describe a situation where Councilman Barron gave a controversial speech and quickly left the room “like the chicken that he sometimes is.”
However, Mr. Barron, who’s currently running for Congress, only occupied a small portion of the interview’s discussion. Councilman Fidler devoted a reasonable amount of time to some of his stump speech, including his “C’s” of governmental philosophy: common sense, communication, character and chutzpah.
Despite Mr. Hikind’s recent reticence to get behind the Fidler campaign, the interview was overall very favorable turf to him, and the hosts regularly praised Mr. Fidler’s biography and record.
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