An Orthodox Approach
In a Brooklyn council district that many had trumpeted as a “super-Russian” seat, the Russian-American candidate with a trace of star power was ultimately routed by 16 points Tuesday night.
Chaim Deutsch, a longtime staffer to Councilman Michael Nelson, seized the open seat, proving the clout of the district’s Orthodox Jewish community is real and growing. Mr. Deutsch will join Councilman David Greenfield as the second Orthodox Jewish member of the City Council.
Republican City Council candidate David Storobin charged that his Democratic rival doesn’t live “anywhere near” the Brooklyn district they are vying to represent–even though records show he does–adding another level of aggression to an already chaotic race.
Republican candidate David Storobin has a not-so-friendly wager for his newest rival in a bitter City Council race.
Mr. Storobin bet that Russian media mogul Gregory Davidzon, who announced yesterday he’s waging a seemingly quixotic write-in campaign less than three weeks before Election Day, would earn just a handful of votes.
In a bizarre 11th-hour twist, Russian media mogul Gregory Davidzon has leaped into a heated City Council race in southern Brooklyn.
Mr. Davidzon, the owner of a local Russian-language radio station and magazine, announced today that he’ll be mounting a write-in campaign for a highly competitive seat with just three weeks to go before the November election.
One candidate meowed. Another, taking a page from the Anthony Weiner playbook, rose up to denounce most of his rivals. And a third claimed his Russian opponent, a fellow Soviet émigré, was engaging in Communist class warfare.
The Democratic candidates for the open 48th Council District seat squared off in Flatbush last night, and made it clear, early and often, that they do not like each other.
Councilman Mike Nelson’s district was controversially reshaped during this year’s redistricting process to contain a higher percentage of Russian-American constituents, and that change is clearly shaking up the race to replace him. Previously, District Leader Ari Kagan was one of the only candidates openly campaigning for the seat, but now a bevy of additional hopefuls are poised to join him.
“The lines look good! The lines look good!” attorney Igor Oberman, who temporarily ran against the then-powerful, now-incarcerated State Senator Carl Kruger before withdrawing his campaign, told Politicker. “I haven’t made any decision but I can say every morning, the lines get louder and louder.”