David Storobin, the likely Republican candidate in the special election to replace former State Senator Carl Kruger, has all but assured himself the nomination today as Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig Eaton officially endorsed him. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that the special election will be taking place March 20th. “He will remove the stain of disgrace left by Carl Kruger and the Democrats,” Chairman Eaton announced, connecting the Democratic Party to Mr. Kruger, resigned upon pleading guilty to federal corruption charges.
In New York special elections, there are no primaries for the parties to select their nominees. Instead, the county parties, like Mr. Eaton’s Brooklyn GOP, get to select their candidates. Councilman Lew Fidler is believed to have already locked up the necessary support in the Kings County Democratic Party to secure the Democratic line in the race.
Chairman Eaton’s endorsement placed heavy emphasis on Mr. Storobin’s life background, mirroring the candidate’s own pitch to voters. “David Storobin is a true American success story. After immigrating from the former Soviet Union at age 12 with his family, David worked hard from day one, attending college and law school and starting his own successful law firm,” he said. “Becoming the first Soviet-born State Senator right here in Brooklyn is the perfect continuation of that American success story.”
Mr. Storobin has been taking other steps recently that additionally indicate that he already has the Republican line in this election. He registered a new campaign committee today, and tomorrow evening he’s opening his campaign office.