Entering the Fray
Former State Senator David Storobin officially filed for term-limited Councilman Mike Nelson’s district today, setting the stage for what will likely be one of the few competitive general election race in heavily-Democratic New York City.
Politicker actually bumped into Mr. Storobin last night at a fund-raiser for socially conservative Democratic mayoral candidate Erick Salgado–although Mr. Storobin, a Republican, said his presence wasn’t an endorsement. The buzz among several attendees was that the former state lawmaker would indeed run for the seat, so we asked him where he was at in his decision-making process. He claimed to be undecided.
Brighton Beach Battle
At a pro-Israel rally earlier today, Brooklyn District Leader Ari Kagan told Politicker that he will file to run for City Council within the next few days, entering what is likely to be a hotly-contested battle for term-limited Councilman Michael Nelson’s seat.
And, Mr. Kagan said, he has friends in high places already lined up to support his candidacy, including Frank Seddio, the chairman of the Kings County Democratic Party.
changing the guard
Over the past days, Republican State Senator David Storobin replaced the top levels of his government office and campaign operations, including his chief of staff, spokesman and campaign manager, according to sources familiar with the decision.
“I honestly don’t want to comment, right now,” Mr. Storobin told Politicker last night when we asked about his motivations for the changes, “I think it’s better kept personal. It was the right move to make at this point.”
State Senator David Storobin is in Israel, and he’s doing more than tasting the falafel.
“Senator David Storobin (R-Brooklyn, on the left) today visited with General Shmulik Olansky (center), a 3-star general in charge of the Golan Heights Armor Division, directly on the Syrian border in a hostile region,” read a morning press release accompanying the photo on the left, featuring Mr. Storobin holding a military rifle. “The Senator is on an official state visit approved by the Defense Minister of Israel. To the right is the Senator’s Chief of Staff, Paul Gullo.”
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State Senator David Storobin and Councilman Dan Halloran are teaming up to travel to the Holy Land. The two Republican officials, who are both competing in areas where the observant Jewish vote is critical to their electoral coalition, are set to leave over the weekend and return at different points next week.
“The Jewish people have a right to build and live wherever they want,” Mr. Halloran, a candidate for Congress, said in a statement. “Our president is not a real ally of Israel’s. Our president’s party, the Democratic Party, is not a real ally of Israel’s. They think Israel needs to apologize for defending herself. They think that we should apologize for standing with Israel.”
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“Upon information and belief, the Storobin Petition is fraudulent, insufficient, ineffective, false, and invalid and null and void,” an order to show cause, prepared by the campaign of Democratic State Senate candidate Simcha Felder, argued to the State Supreme Court yesterday.
Mr. Felder’s legal position is that the signatures gathered by incumbent State Senator David Storobin to get on the ballot for reelection are so rife with fraud that they should be tossed out altogether.
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It’s filing day, and both Republican State Senator David Storobin and his main Democratic rival, former City Councilman Simcha Felder, like their campaigns’ fundraising accounts. Mr. Felder reported raising $229,000 with $525,000 cash-on-hand, while multiple sources in Mr. Storobin campaign told us they aren’t that far behind, at least in terms of campaign raised.
“He raised more in the last two weeks than in the whole previous campaign,” one source explained, with another pegging the number at below Mr. Felder’s, but still in the six figures.
Avraham Tischler, a 21-year-old candidate running against establishment favorite Simcha Felder in the so-called “Super Jewish” state senate district, has a novel idea. Instead of saying he’ll caucus with Democratic Minority Leader John Sampson or Republican Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Mr. Tischler, a Democrat, said he’ll support Bronx State Senator Rubén Díaz instead.
Mr. Díaz would initially seem to be an odd choice for Mr. Tischler, but the state senator, a political gadfly known for his staunch socially conservative positions, allows Mr. Tischler to back a fellow Democrat without saying he’ll back a liberal like Mr. Sampson.
In an interview with the Jewish Press that just went online last night, newly minted Republican State Senator David Storobin presented an elaborate case against his likely Democratic opponent, former City Councilman Simcha Felder. As they are competing for the same socially conservative, heavily Orthodox Jewish district, Mr. Storobin made repeated efforts to link Mr. Felder to Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is both socially liberal ideologically and an open lesbian.
“If you look at previous races, my opponent was a supporter of Barack Obama, my opponent was a supporter of Christine Quinn, my opponent was a reliable Democratic voter of the Christine Quinn Agenda,” he argued, repeating the “Christine Quinn agenda” line again afterwards.
It’s official: State Senator David Storobin will run for reelection in a new, heavily Orthodox Jewish State Senate district. The move doesn’t exactly come as a surprise as Mr. Storobin had been strongly hinting at the possibility for some time, but as Hamodia‘s widely-read weekend edition will report tomorrow, his primary Republican opposition, attorney Nachman Caller, will drop out of the race and endorse Mr. Storobin, clearing his path to the GOP nomination.
Mr. Storobin finally won the recount for a special election in corrupt State Senator Carl Kruger’s district a week or so ago, but because his current seat was dismantled in this year’s redistricting process, his plans were previously in some doubt.