10:03 am Oct. 5, 2012
Here's a 15-page mailer Democratic state senate candidate Simcha Felder sent out to residents in Borough Park, many of whom are Orthodox Jews and, for this week, left without their usual Jewish newspapers to read, since a number of them are not publishing during the current holiday of Sukkot.
Felder is running against Republican state senator David Storobin in the newly drawn 21st district in Brooklyn, dubbed the "super Jewish" distirct.
A reader who received it passed along this copy, which also includes a few words in English.
Multi-page campaign mailers that look sort of like newspapers aren't entirely new. Remember The Kendall Stewart Report with the front page images of Stewart and Obama?
My favorite part of Felder's quasi-paper is the photograph of himself during a City Council hearing holding up an index card with a question on it written by a United Federation of Teachers member. The fact the UFT was literally writing questions for lawmakers spoke to the union's considerable influence on the council. (The UFT did not forget Felder's role in outing their questions.)
UPDATE: A reader not supportive of Felder translated this passage on Page 4:
"No Alternative: "Simcha is the ONLY actual candidate from a Jewish standpoint. The other side (Storobin) is a son without a name. And it's understandable that he is not even to be considered as a candidate for our community."
A second reader supportive of Felder, but admittedly not as linguistically adept, saw this translation and confirmed that is in fact the overall message in this passage.
UPDATE: A spokesman for Felder explained the initial translation was too literal, and that the phrase is comparable to saying, in English "he isn't known around here."