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“Golden” Boy Greenfield Uses Obama Tactics in 44th City Council District Special Election

March 2, 2010

We’ve seen these tactics before. Liberal Democrats who want to raise taxes and promote agendas that are not in the best interest of our citizenry have been using them for years, and sometimes successfully.

David Greenfield, the Vito Lopez-backed liberal who has strangely received the support of Democratic Sympathizers Jerry Kassar and Marty Golden, has been using tactics that we have seen a similar Democrat, Barack Obama, use in the early stages of his campaign for state senate in Illinois.

Some of you may recall this story while Obama was still on the campaign trail:

As a community organizer, he had helped register thousands of voters. But when it came time to run for office, he employed Chicago rules to invalidate the voting petition signatures of three of his challengers.

The move denied each of them, including incumbent Alice Palmer, a longtime Chicago activist, a place on the ballot. It cleared the way for Obama to run unopposed on the Democratic ticket in a heavily Democrat district.

“That was Chicago politics,” said John Kass, a veteran Chicago Tribune columnist. “Knock out your opposition, challenge their petitions, destroy your enemy, right? It is how Barack Obama destroyed his enemies back in 1996 that conflicts with his message today. He may have gotten his start registering thousands of voters. But in that first race, he made sure voters had just one choice.”

Obama’s challenge was perfectly legal, said Jay Stewart of the Chicago’s Better Government Association. Although records of the challenges are no longer on file for review with the election board, Stewart said Obama is not the only politician to resort to petition challenges to eliminate the competition.

“He came from Chicago politics,” Stewart said. “Politics ain’t beanbag, as they say in Chicago. You play with your elbows up, and you’re pretty tough and ruthless when you have to be. Sen. Obama felt that’s what was necessary at the time, that’s what he did. Does it fit in with the rhetoric now? Perhaps not.”

It would seem that that is the case with Mr. Greenfield.

As you may recall, we were the first to report that Mr. Greenfield was suing the other candidates in the 44th City Council race.

In a piece in today’s Daily News (thanks to Isaac for forwarding it to us), Mr. Greenfield’s tactics were closely scrutinized as he has moved to knock all opposition off of the ballot and tie up his competitors in court, undermining the democratic process:

Brooklyn teen is hoping to become the City Council’s youngest member ever – but the adults are fighting tooth and nail to keep him off the ballot.

Abraham Tischler, 18, is running for the Borough Park Council seat left vacant when Simcha Felder took a job with city Controller John Liu

Still, at least one of the adults running against him in the 44th Council District worried enough to take him to court.

David Greenfield, 31, the executive vice president of the Sephardic Community Federation, is suing Tischler and says the teen’s petitions have forged and duplicated signatures.

Tischler insists there is nothing wrong with his petitions.

After all, his mom and dad helped him gather the 1,415 signatures he eventually submitted – nearly double the required 765. Anything that looked fishy, Tischler said, was tossed.

“They wouldn’t knock me off if they didn’t think I was a real challenge,” Tischler said. “Let the people decide who they want to be their councilman.”

We must wonder why the mainstream media has not covered this situation more rigorously…

Nevertheless, an even bigger question is what the Conservative Party and The Golden Prince (aka Marty Golden) think about their endorsement of Greenfield in light of this negative attention he has been getting.

As for Mr. Golden, it would appear that endorsing an ACORN rally for the Atlantic Yards was not enough. He needed to go ahead and endorse a Democrat as well. As for Mr. Kassar, we assume he does what his employer Marty Golden tells him to do.

(You may recall Mr. Kassar attacked our blog (sort of) in a recent newspaper piece)


So, all in all, it would seem we don’t have to wait until 2012 to see Obama run for another election.

We have David Greenfield.

Let’s see how that works out.

  1. Isaac permalink
    March 2, 2010 1:31 pm

    This story got a lot of play, I think because people hate what Bloomberg has done and Bloomberg is supporting Greenfield.

    In Borough Park, Brooklyn an 18-year-old is running for City Council on the platform of saving student metrocards and funding for the FDNY, but already an older opponent is trying to sully his name. David Greenfield, who’s already backed by Mayor Bloomberg, is suing Abraham Tischler, claiming that the Touro College sophomore faked signatures on his petitions. “We don’t know anything about the guy,” his spokesman told the Daily News, adding that since Tischler isn’t accepting city campaign financing, “He could drop half a million dollars of family money in the campaign tomorrow.”

    But the teen’s dad, a contractor, called the suggestion “ridiculous” since he’s allotted exactly $1000 for his son’s run for the seat, left open after Simcha Felder went to work for Comptroller John Liu. So far Greenfield has raised $131,000 for his campaign. “David Greenfield, with all his money, with all his power, is trying to get an 18-year-old kid off the ballot because he’s scared,” said Harold Tischler, “Give him a shot.”

  2. Joseph permalink
    March 2, 2010 3:11 pm

    Yeah I read a similar comment like this on another blog. This is exactly what Obama did. Well, we know Greenfield is in bed with Vito Lopez, so what more proof do you need?

  3. David permalink
    March 2, 2010 6:12 pm

    Greenfield = Obama.



  4. Larry from Midwood permalink
    March 2, 2010 8:47 pm

    Vito Lopez is slime and the Democrats need to go. The Republicans are running scared. They’ve made so many deals, it makes me SICK!

  5. Marty Golden is Truly Vito Lopez's Bitch permalink
    March 2, 2010 11:59 pm

    Gee Olly, What do Golden, Lopez, and Greenfrog have in common?


  6. BrooklynPolitico permalink
    March 3, 2010 12:01 am

    Greenfield = Obama, now that is a joke. I predict Judge is going to loose and it ain’t Obama’s fault he is a weak candidate no matter how much you try and prop him up! He is strongly tied to the 2 x time loser Lucretia who will loose again for the 3rd time, which is not the charm but rather delusional. His other tie is to the ONE term Assemblyman Ferraro from decades ago.

    • Gerry permalink
      March 3, 2010 12:23 am

      Why is that a joke? Greenfield has said he will raise taxes. He is proud to have Vito Lopez’s backing. He is using the same tactics Obama used to win.

      I think you should actually make an argument and not come here and be nasty like some other bloggers do.

      And I bet you are O’Brien, you thug. You seem to hate Jonathan and are determined to throw any kind of filth his way. But just know this O’Brien: you got beaten, fair and square. The boy collected valid signatures, and the only way he’ll get kicked off is through the machinations of the Vito Lopez machine.

      But you just couldn’t do it. You got beat by a kid. Your days are numbered LOL

      Your days are numbered, you miserable thug.

      • BrooklynPolitico permalink
        March 3, 2010 12:37 am

        I don’t hate Jonathan. I judge, pardon the pun the people one associates with. Lucretia and Arnaldo have given the 49th a black eye. Potter can see Albany from her window and Ferraro never got over the fact he was a 1 term assemblyman. If Judge was serious about politics he would know how much lucretia and Ferraro have hurt his chances to be considered a serious candidate by the GOP.

      • Gerry permalink
        March 3, 2010 12:45 am

        No, you judge because you seek to judge.

        You’re pissed because you attacked Jonathan and he called you out in front of everyone about it… You physically grabbed the boy and threatened to wipe him off the political landscape.

        How’s that going? LOL

        Jonathan has come out stronger than the entire GOP could for their pathetic, stealth candidate.

        He doesn’t need to be “considered a serious candidate by the GOP.” He’s done that without their help, it seems.

  7. Marty Golden is Truly Vito Lopez's Bitch permalink
    March 3, 2010 12:15 am

    Hi Gerry!
    Your name is at the top of the list under RAT BASTARD!
    I predict you will be the mole that sells all your dirty little secrets to the highest bidder. YOU will be exposed!
    Your dirty fingerprints are EVERYWHERE!

  8. Greenfield Hearts Obama permalink
    March 3, 2010 12:21 am

    Those that follow by example idolize by example.
    Greenfield must really love Obama.

  9. Just Curious permalink
    March 3, 2010 12:35 am

    Is that the same Gerry O’Brien who supposedly has some real dirt regarding Marty Golden’s alleged mortgage fraud investigation?

    Nice crowd this Greenfield hangs around with.

  10. Just Curious permalink
    March 3, 2010 12:48 am

    Does this mean you are Vito Lopez’s bitch too?

  11. Gerry permalink
    March 3, 2010 12:53 am

    “Make no mistake, to borrow a favorite Neo-con phrase, Jonathan Judge’s candidacy in the 44th represents an “existential threat” to the KCRP leadership headed by Craig Eaton.” – Wag-The-Dog

  12. Brooklyn Reformer permalink
    March 3, 2010 1:13 am

    It seems that Jonathan has done very well and even better without the Brooklyn GOP. Potter and Ferraro are the true Brooklyn Politicos. Jonathan is serious about politics and with the support and endorsement of the Brooklyn Young Republicans and the Fiorello LaGuardia Club he already is a serious candidate.
    To be “condidered” for anything by the Brooklyn GOP is a joke.
    Any candidate they have supported always lost. Remember that Lazio.
    Jonathan has proven he does not need them, nor does he need to have his campaign sabotaged by the Brooklyn GOP as they are famously known for. Remember that too Lazio.
    The Brooklyn GOP is irrelevant.

  13. Brooklyn Bettor permalink
    March 3, 2010 1:30 am

    Hey guys I’m givin 10 to 1 odds Marty Golden endorses Cuomo for Governor. I’m giving 2 to 1 odds that Golden get his assed kicked out of office by any opponent. That guy really sucks!

  14. Gagging Gallo permalink
    March 3, 2010 1:36 am

    Russell-How does Raw Rice taste? Better than Short Brained Leslie?

  15. Brooklyn GOP Hearts Obama permalink
    March 3, 2010 1:41 am


  16. Melancholy Holly permalink
    March 3, 2010 3:01 am

    Craig Eaton is out of touch with, and removed from average, regular, middle class Brooklynites.

    But he must have a exceptionally large, whopping mortgage! He is the $2,300,000 and $1,175,000 man! The legal and real estate professions have been lucrative.

    f/y/i – free, open, publicly available information can be researched at >

  17. Maureen McGillicuddy permalink
    March 3, 2010 12:39 pm

    Craig A. Eaton Esq. (R ?) and State Senator Marty Golden (R ? C ? ) would be happier in the Democrat Party.

    Maybe Marty Golden can run on the Democrat line for his re-election efforts? I’m sure his friends, Vito Lopez and Gerry O’Brien, will gladly help.

    Democratic County Comm.-Kings County NY,
    16 Court St Ste 1207, Brooklyn, NY 11241
    Phone (718) 875-5870

  18. Frank Sobotka permalink
    March 3, 2010 1:06 pm

    What does the tea in China have to do with Craig A. Eaton being a multi millionaire? As long as his vast affluence is inherited and/or earned by merit and/or earned legal income, then there is no issue or controversy here.

    These days it is easy to look up online how much money someone paid for a house or sold a real estate property. Craig A. Eaton and the website

    has this public information.

  19. Jose Rojas permalink
    March 3, 2010 3:37 pm

    The CathedralClub of Brooklyn has received donations from the Eaton KCRC.

  20. Young Republican permalink
    March 3, 2010 4:16 pm

    Did you see this?

    Is he really scared of an 18 year old? He’s got problems.

  21. BrooklynPolitico permalink
    March 3, 2010 5:15 pm

    It seems that Jonathan has done very well and even better without the Brooklyn GOP. Potter and Ferraro are the true Brooklyn Politicos. Jonathan is serious about politics and with the support and endorsement of the Brooklyn Young Republicans and the Fiorello LaGuardia Club he already is a serious candidate.
    To be “condidered” for anything by the Brooklyn GOP is a joke.
    Any candidate they have supported always lost. Remember that Lazio.
    Jonathan has proven he does not need them, nor does he need to have his campaign sabotaged by the Brooklyn GOP as they are famously known for. Remember that too Lazio.
    The Brooklyn GOP is irrelevant.

    How dare you tarish my name with those losers, Potter and Ferraro are not, I repeat Brooklyn Politicos. Were you living in a cave she lost 2 twice as a candidate for the Assembly and the dr, had one term many decades ago. Want to bet she looses again?

  22. Brooklyn Reformer permalink
    March 3, 2010 6:23 pm

    Why the fix already in?
    Third time is the Charm.

  23. Frank Sobotka permalink
    March 3, 2010 8:11 pm

    The multi-millionaires club includes includes the current KCRC chairman. There is no controversy or issue with that as long as it’s earned income the old fashioned way, “he earned it” a la Smith Barney 1980’s commercial or by inheritance or by earned legal income by way of merit.

  24. Wag-the-Dog permalink
    March 3, 2010 11:13 pm

    Maybe, “Tomato Can” will turn out to be the “Top Tomato” Republican in 2010.

    Peter Abbate is an incumbent in an anti-incumbent year. Let’s just wait and see what happens to him later this year.

    Lucretia will do better, with the same campaign as ’08 and ’06, but with a little tweaking she’ll have PA, formerly with HeartShare looking for a heart transplant.

    PA will be doing all-nighters at his headquarters, just the good old days at George Alwon’s 6th Avenue HQ. BTW, George A is alive— and well, you know he’d probably want us to say, “married” (they call it the “New South”, but it ain’t that new). He’s still doing the left wing stuff and even got Dr. Ray Mollica, now with HeartShare (like around the time that PA stepped aside), to sign-on to something that looks very 60’s or 70’s.

    Maybe, Peter Abbate will be answering for the “Amnesty, Acid and Abortion” campaigns of long ago—Can we say “New Era Demeocrats”?

  25. Wag-the-Dog permalink
    March 4, 2010 6:22 pm


    Start paragraph “4”: “PA will be doing all-nighters at his headquarters, just the good old days at George Alwon’s 6th Avenue HQ. ” should read “PA will be doing all-nighters at his headquarters, just LIKE the good old days at George Alwon’s 6th Avenue HQ. ”

    Ultimate paragraph, last clause: “Can we say “New Era Demeocrats”? should read “Can we say “New Era DEMOCRATS”?


  26. Cicero permalink
    March 6, 2010 1:10 pm

    “In addition to the support of Congressman McMahon, Greenfield has also received the endorsements of a number of other prominent elected officials, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor Ed Koch, US Senator Joe Lieberman, New York State Senators Carl Kruger and Martin Golden, and Councilmen Vincent Gentile, Michael Nelson, Domenic Recchia, and Lewis Fidler.”

  27. JJ is a Conservative Republican permalink
    March 6, 2010 11:25 pm

    “Jonathan Judge wants you to know he is a conservative Republican, and “the first and foremost priority of your next City Councilman has to be to make the cost of living in this city lower” (video 3, 4:05). He certainly got in the best zinger of the evening. When Greenfield railed against the high-profile endorsements for Lazar while failing to mention his own high-profile endorsements, Judge owned him in the response. “Both of the two colleagues sitting next to me have been endorsed by the very establishment people that left us with the massive corruption that we are dealing with right now… The people who are messimg up the system are trying to get more of the same people in it to join in the fun” (video 8, 7:45).”


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