The chairman of the Brooklyn Democratic Party was left scratching his head when Democratic officials endorsed a Russian media mogul write-in candidate over the party’s nominee in a City Council race yesterday.
Frank Seddio was almost as amused as he was bewildered by the decision, less than three weeks before Election Day.
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.
Inspired by the Tea Party, Gregory Davidzon is trying to craft a right-wing of the Democratic Party.
The Brooklyn-based Russian media mogul, known for trying to crown candidates in local races, made another foray into citywide politics this year when he backed a little-known reverend named Erick Salgado for mayor.
Mr. Salgado, a social conservative who often boasted about being the only Latino Democrat running, finished a distant sixth in the primary Tuesday– a disappointing showing, Mr. Davidzon confessed.
Uttering Russian phrases and offering paeans to Soviet military sacrifices, the Democratic candidates for mayor battled for the affections of elderly Russians at a forum in Brooklyn earlier tonight.
All of the mayoral candidates, except absent Council Speaker Christine Quinn, strained to relate to the relatively conservative, Russian-speaking crowd packed into the first floor of Read More
Over the past weekend, two Russian-American pols, embittered rivals running for the same City Council district this year, escorted their preferred mayoral hopefuls along the Brighton Beach boardwalk.
First, on a sultry Friday afternoon, Democrat Ari Kagan led Comptroller John Liu through the elegant Tatiana Restaurant on the boardwalk, greeting voters in the middle of a late lunch. Two days later, Republican David Storobin brought Joe Lhota, a former deputy mayor in the Giuliani Administration, to do the same exact thing
And, although mayoral politics may have been the theme of the day, the political animosity from their respective Council campaigns was very present as well.
Church & State
As the old saying goes, politics makes strange bedfellows, and that is certainly true in this year’s mayoral election. One dark-horse candidate is being backed by an alliance made from an odd coupling of religious Jews and Evangelical Christian Latinos to support his socially conservative yet resolutely Democratic agenda. In a city—and a mayoral race—where even Republicans tend to be socially liberal, a religious, right-wing Democrat is certainly a novelty. But Pastor Erick Salgado would like to be more than that. Mr. Salgado, who lives in Staten Island and claims his Iglesia Jovenes Cristianos, or Churdch of the Young Christians, now has “around twenty” congregations “in the New York area,” said Jews and Christians with conservative religious beliefs have been denied “the respect that they deserve” from the city’s dominant political party.
“We are Democrats; we don’t want to do this in another party, we want to do this here in this one,” he explained to Politicker when we spoke with him last week in a small campaign office a few blocks from one of his churches in Bath Beach
Democratic Assemblyman Steve Cymbrowitz may face a primary challenge from Ben Akselrod, multiple tipsters told The Politicker. Mr. Akselrod, they indicated, might even earn the support of Brooklyn Democratic leader Vito Lopez in his endeavor.
Mr. Akselrod, a politically active local who’s been involved in multiple Jewish community organizations, could have additional appeal in the district’s large Russian-speaking population that is growing into a powerful political force in southeastern Brooklyn.
The campaign of David Storobin, the Republican candidate in the special election to replace Carl Kruger in the State Senate, announced this evening they are pursuing a federal elections complaint against Russian-language media force Gregory Davidzon, a key supporter of Mr. Storobin’s Democratic opponent, Councilman Lew Fidler.
“Storobin’s campaign attempted to purchase $10,000 in radio advertising from Davidzon radio two weeks ago,” their press release read. “After several delay tactics, Mr. Davidzon himself refused to allow the advertising even though he is required to do so under federal law.”
Gregory Davidzon, the owner of a number of Russian-language media outlets, announced at the Baku Palace restaurant last night that he’s endorsing Councilman Lew Fidler in the special election to replace Carl Kruger in the State Senate. Mr. Davidzon is credited with helping push Russian voters to the polls in the last special election in southeastern Brooklyn, where Congressman Bob Turner routed his Democratic opponent. Mr. Kruger’s district, vacant since he plead guilty to corruption charges and resigned a few weeks ago, contains an even higher percentage of Russian-speaking voters.
However, it remains to be seen how much impact Mr. Davidzon’s endorsement will have this time around. Councilman Fidler’s likely Republican opponent, David Storobin, was born in the Soviet Union and is fluent in Russian.