Fidler accuses his Republican rival of having ‘ties’ to hate groups

Briefing: Part of the Star-Ledger's front page. (Newseum.org)
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The skirmish in Brooklyn's 27th State Senate district has echoes of a fight happening in the emerging contest between Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and one of her possible Republican challengers.

The Democrat in SD-27, Councilman Lew Fidler, accused his Republican opponent of having "ties" to racist organizations and erasing from the Internet articles he wrote that the groups have praised. The Republican in that race, attorney and Russian immigrant David Storobin, said he was unaware that those groups picked up his writings (on the topic of what he says has been an American foreign-policy bias in favor of "Islamic terrorists" and against Serbia and Russia), and that he has no association with them.

A blogger on Room 8 has been investigating Storobin's other writings and say there's a reason hate groups like them.

Gillibrand's campaign has been attacking her undeclared Republican challenger, Marc Cenedella, for posting onto his blog (and under his name) sexually explicit and misogynistic material. Cenedella, a successful Internet entrepreneur, said he was trying to launch an edgy, Gawker-like blog at the time.

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Not much substantial similarity between the guy who wrote controversially about America's conduct in Kosovo (Storobin) and the guy who used to traffic in offensive  link-bait. But they're both providing a reminder, as if any were needed, that the Internet remembers everything.

Some links:

2012

Mitt Romney looks like he's going to win Florida by a lot. [Nate Silver]

Herman Cain and Sarah Palin are suboptimal surrogates for Newt Gingrich. [Steve Kornacki]

Replacing Biden with Clinton could help Obama in November but would set Hillary back in 2016, says a former conservative governor and presidential candidate. [Pete Du Pont]

2013

After being asked about it by a reporter, Quinn refunded a donation she got from a person associated with tainted fund-raiser Norman Hsu. [Sally Goldenberg]

"The contest to replace the beloved Brewer is expected to be hard fought." [Leslie Albrecht]

SD-27

Fidler said Storobin has "ties to skinheads and neo-Nazi groups and white supremacist groups." Storobin said the groups picked up articles he wrote without his knowledge. [Erin Durkin]

Cuomo

His public-private partnership plan to rebuild the Tappan Zee Bridge may not spare drivers from high tolls. [Nicole Gelinas]

Christie

Rep. John Lewis criticized him for saying black Americans would have preferred a public referendum on civil rights in 1960's. Democrats say Christie's words will haunt him. [Heather Haddon]

The legislator Christie called "numbnuts" responded, "My college roommates used to call me that." [Matt Friedman and Jenna Portnoy]

Redistricting

A columnist appreciates Farrell's transparency about how how biased the process is. [Bill Hammond]

"A little imaginative gerrymandering can go a long way toward creating a fully functioning government." [New York Post]

Local

The Syracuse Urban Renewal Agency will change its rules later today in order to force Occupy protesters to disperse from public property. [Tim Knauss]

Images

Romney, in Florida. [Mark Ovaska]

Mitt Romney Campaigns in Florida

Panetta in the Pentagon Auditorium. [S.O.D.]

120130-D-NI589-287 Cuomo's housing commissioner Darryl Towns in Patchogue. [Cuomo]

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The front page of the Star-Ledger today. [newseum.org]

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