11:51 am Mar. 12, 2012
It's no accident that the Republican efforts to claim Carl Kruger's old State Senate seat in Brooklyn bear heavy echoes of Bob Turner's special-election campaign for Anthony Weiner's old congressional seat, which Turner won on the strength of his performance in the Brooklyn part of the district, particularly among Orthodox Jews.
The Democratic State Senate candidate, Lew Fidler, started his campaign by rolling out ads touting his support among Orthodox Jewish organizations and nonprofits, as a sort of preemptive measure against his opponent. (Both candidates are Jewish.)
Today, the Republican candidate, David Storobin, made the comparison to last year's congressional race as explicit as possible.
"We started it with Turner, Let's finish it with Storobin," says a new mailer circulating today. "Rudy Giuliani backed Turner and together shook the political establishment. Now, both Giuliani and Turner have endorsed David Storobin."
The mailer doesn't mention former mayor Ed Koch, a Jewish Democrat whose support was central to drawing attention to Turner's candidacy and helping him defeat his (Orthodox Jewish) Democratic opponent.
Kock is backing Fidler.
UPDATE: Storobin's Russian-language ad about the endorsement, which began airing this weekend on RTN, RTVI & NTV.