10:37 am Jun. 19, 20122
It is the most aggressive mail piece I've seen in the race so far. (If you've seen something better, email me!)
On the back, Lancman attacks his fellow assemblymember, Meng, for voting to deprive the NYPD of federal funds if the Department of Justice finds that the a police surveillance program focusing on Muslims broke federal law. Meng said it was a symbolic vote and one that the entire New York City Democratic delegation also took.
Lancman, whose wife is Iranian, one of the ethnicities targeted by the NYPD surveillance program, said that regardless of whether agree with the tactic, voting to take funds away from the NYPD is not the answer.
"It's only symbolic because it didn't pass," Lancman said last night.
City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, another primary opponent, was also targeted in the mail piece, for saying the issue of Israel was a "distraction" in the race.
In, context Crowley's comment wasn't controversial. It was made in a New York Times article weeks ago, in an article about the role the issue of Israel was playing in the race. Former mayor Ed Koch, who has become an influential arbiter on this topic, said that Lancman, Meng and Crowley all had sufficiently pro-Israel positions. ("In the Queens race, Mr. Koch said, all of the three leading candidates’ positions on Israel have met with his approval.")
Crowley was trying to say that the economy was a paramount issue in the race and that debating an issue all the candidates agreed on was less than an ideal way to spend campaign time.
At the NY1 debate last night, Crowley said, "Rory's whole campaign seems to be about stopping Iran."
UPDATE: Lancman's campaign sent me this 20-second video clip of Koch saying on Sunday that the other candidates in the race are "nice people" but "they didn't know anything" about foreign affairs or Israel. The audience at the event mostly chuckled at Koch's hyperbole.