A “Golden” Opportunity Squandered As Conservative Party Endorses Democrat In 44th City Council Race
First we saw State Senator Marty Golden endorse a Democrat (again) for the 44th City Council Race just months after attending an ACORN rally.
Now, his employee Jerry Kassar, who also happens to be the Chairman of the Conservative Party in Brooklyn, is endorsing that same Democrat in the Special Election to replace Simcha Felder.
This was recently reported on the (clearly) biased Yeshiva World News:
New York City Council candidate David G. Greenfield today announced that he has received the unanimous backing of the Brooklyn Conservative Party’s Executive Committee. Greenfield, an experienced attorney and acclaimed community advocate, is running in the 44th Council District to replace Councilman Simcha Felder, who is vacating his seat to become a Deputy Comptroller in the New York City Comptroller’s office. The 44th Council District includes the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Boro Park, Midwood and Bensonhurst.
“David Greenfield’s fiscally conservative approach to government, strong family values, and deep-seated moral and ethical fortitude make him the best candidate to replace Simcha Felder in the City Council,” said Brooklyn Conservative Party Chairman Jerry Kassar. “David’s strong record of service and his proven dedication to the issues facing the Southern Brooklyn community over the years has rightfully earned him the respect of both the public and elected officials alike. We will be extremely fortunate to have him serving as our voice in City Hall.”
“I am especially grateful to have received the unanimous support of the Brooklyn Conservative Party,” Greenfield said. “Their support of my candidacy is proof that this race transcends traditional partisan politics, and is instead about the quality of life issues that affect Brooklyn families. It’s simple, really, everyone agrees that we need to make New York more affordable.”
Now, the article deceptively notes that Savino has endorsed the Democrat Greenfield, but a recent story on the Daily Politics blog has called that into question:
Less than two weeks after she joined two fellow senators in endorsing David Greenfield for the still-occupied seat of Councilman Simcha Felder, Sen. Diane Savino is reconsidering her options.
News that her predecessor, former Sen. Seymour Lachman, is considering a run for Felder’s seat complicated things for the Staten Island/Brooklyn Democrats, she said.
But her troubles started long before she received a call from Lackman last week informing her that he might throw his hat into the ring.
“Obviously, if Lackman runs I have to support him, so I have to wait for him to tell me what his plans are,” Savino said during a brief telephone interview this morning. “He said he’s thinking about it very seriously.””…I did endorse David, but that created problems for me, because everyone in Borough Park said: ‘Oh my God, no! Were going to be with Joe Lazar now. It was news to me that Joe Lazar was running. It’s all a big mess.”
If the Conservative Party has seen fit to endorse a Democrat–given Kassar’s close relationship to Marty Golden–it is likely that Senator Golden plans to continue supporting a Democrat in the race over a Republican.
Now, while special elections are technically “nonpartisan,” they ultimately become partisan when the race for the general election begins thereafter. It was for that reason that my colleague Midas Mulligan called the 44th City Council race a “unique opportunity” to foster unity in the party. Mr. Judge, a prior critic of the Brooklyn GOP leadership under Chairman ________ “The Duke of Bay Ridge” ________, might now be experiencing the first hints of retaliation from the party. Threats of retaliation like these are not new.
This is all after Sen. Golden pleaded for and promised unity in the party and support for fellow Republicans after last year’s county committee convention.
Now, however, that promise and that Golden opportunity seem all but lost. It might be that with that opportunity goes the possibility of genuine unity among the factions in the Brooklyn GOP between the Bay Ridge Cabal and…well…everybody else.
We shall see.
This would also seem to be a rebuke against the 49th Assembly District leadership, which has endorsed Mr. Judge in this race. As you know, I supported their cause to unseat the current Chairman, who I believed was less qualified and too derisive to be in “charge” of anything, let alone a political party.
So, in the end, what chance does the Brooklyn GOP have to come together in 2010?
It would seem Sen. Golden and now Mr. Kassar have indicated those chances are slim to none.
Shame on you both.