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Brooklyn, NY - Caller Bows Out As Storobin Announces Candidacy For Super Jewish Seat

Published on: June 13, 2012 07:59 AM
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Sen. David Storobin talks to Hamodia Editor Yochenen Donn, announcing his candidacy, while Nachmen Caller listens in on Jun 12 2012. Photo: HamodiaSen. David Storobin talks to Hamodia Editor Yochenen Donn, announcing his candidacy, while Nachmen Caller listens in on Jun 12 2012. Photo: Hamodia

Brooklyn, NY - The Republican ticket for the upcoming “Super-Jewish” senate seat underwent a radical change as newly elected State Senator David Storobin announced his candidacy and previously announced candidate Nachman Caller stepped down and endorsed Storobin instead.

Storobin, a criminal lawyer, declared his intentions on Monday night in an exclusive interview with Hamodia, saying that he decided to run after consulting with various senate members.  An active member of New York City’s Russian Jewish community and Vice Chair of the Kings County Republican party, Storobin has been active in community affairs and credits his interest in politics to a desire to repay all those who helped his family when they first immigrated to the United States from the former Soviet Union.

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According to reports in Hamodia, Caller explained that despite his April announcement that he intended to face off against Simcha Felder in the race for the new senate seat, his intended goal had been to maintain Republican momentum in the district.

“I was basically putting myself out as a candidate that the community should know that there is an alternative,” explained Caller. “It was always understood if you could go back to my earlier statement, it was that David ran a very hard fought campaign and that if he wins, he earned it and that he deserves to run.  Everyone said that, including Dov Hikind.  They all said that if David wins, he runs.”

Storobin, who said that his recent victory in the 27th district will benefit both the Jewish community and others with conservative values, told Hamodia that he hopes to wage a positive campaign that will focus only on the issues and will be free of personal attacks.

“On November 6th there will be an election,” said Storobin.  “On November 7th I would like to go out to lunch with Simcha Felder and be friends.  I think that is the right thing to do and I hope that is the attitude he takes.”

Storobin, whose grandfather went hungry during the largest tank battle in history because he could not get kosher food, said that while his family outwardly kept their Jewish heritage a secret while living in Russia in order to avoid persecution, they always identified themselves as Jewish and hopes that the fact that Felder is an Orthodox Jew will not be a factor in the upcoming election.

“I’ve paid a price to be a Jew,” declared Storobin.  “I deserve to be known as a Jew.”

Storobin hopes the November 6th election will focus on the issues and hopes that if elected, he might do certain things differently than Felder.

“The point is not that he is a bad person, the point is that I will be able to deliver more and I think that I will be more in lines in terms of political ideology,” explained Storobin.  “So when it comes to Barack Obama, I never supported Barack Obama.  When it comes to tax policy, I would never vote to raise our taxes 18.5 percent.”

In the short time since his election to the senate, Storobin has hit the ground running, sponsoring legislation marking the 40th anniversary of the massacre of Israeli athlete at the 1972 Munich Olympics and offering aid to college students, including rabbinical students.

Storobin, who plans to relocate from Brighton Beach to the 27th district, reiterated his commitment to the residents of the so called “Super Jewish” district.

“I will be there trying to make a difference and succeeding in making a difference by being in the majority,” pledged Storobin.  “The same argument that I made last time still stands.  I am with the people on fiscal issues, I am with the people on social issues, I am with the people on educational issues, on non-profits and other mosdos and on any other issue – I am with the people of this district.”


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 Jun 13, 2012 at 08:09 AM shalomke Says:

This is the 2nd time that Nachman Caller has dropped out in favor of another candidate. What happened?

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 Jun 13, 2012 at 08:41 AM DemsBeBabies Says:

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shalomke Says:

This is the 2nd time that Nachman Caller has dropped out in favor of another candidate. What happened?

Mr. Caller is a true conservative, so he spends his own money to make sure that the liberal machine in midwood/borough park has a challenger. When that happens, he steps out, and supports the nominee, in this case, David Storobin, a sitting State Senator.

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 Jun 13, 2012 at 09:18 AM Zeidy Says:

What's with Noach Dear is he gona run because Strobin can't beat Simcha Felder But Noach Dear can

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 Jun 13, 2012 at 09:27 AM boropark1 Says:

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shalomke Says:

This is the 2nd time that Nachman Caller has dropped out in favor of another candidate. What happened?

Reb Nachman Caller has a agenda ! Klall Yisroel agenda ! When he ran for city council reb nachman was lied to by aguda people that if he does not drop out of the race then Lazer will win and the yeshivos will not get the TAP program

Guess what Greenfield won and Tap was still passed by aguda and dov

In the storobin / Fidler race , Reb Nachmen was lied to again by the same people they asked him to help defeat Fidler with the clear understanding that in november he will run as the GOP ! He did his part but they jumped on the Felder bandwagon ,

Reb Nachman is a smart lawer ! He believes is "fool me once shame on you - fool me twice shame on me !

Last but not least ! Reb Nachman is a man of his words he told everyone (as did most other askunim) that in the event of a storobin victory and he wants to run then storobin has all the rights and now he keeps his words

We wish all the best for Reb Nachman and a lot of hatzluche with his advocacy group THE COMMUNITY FIRST

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 Jun 13, 2012 at 10:27 AM akivapupa Says:

"Guess what Greenfield won and Tap was still passed by aguda and dov"
So are you trying to say that Greenfield from the city helped to pass TAP a state program, do you know how goverment works???

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 Jun 13, 2012 at 10:10 AM joeynathan Says:

wake up and smell the coffee , this is how political game is played , and if you don't like it you can always wish for a very rich person who is not beholden to anyone and can outspend everyone out there who has his own opinions how things should be done.

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 Jun 13, 2012 at 10:10 AM jew-wish Says:

Uhhh since when does one have to don a yarmulke to enter the Hamodia offices? Next time I am on Foster Avenue, should I take my shoes off too?

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 Jun 13, 2012 at 10:10 AM Aryeh Says:

Best of luck to Storobin and everything, but he stands zero chance of winning an election against Felder. Something tells me that Nachman knows who is the strongest in this match up too...

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 Jun 13, 2012 at 11:42 AM shalomke Says:

At any rate, this promises to be an interesting campaign. It will be hard for Storobin to win major endorsements from the frum community as he is running against a community member. However, he may succeed with Russian vote.

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 Jun 13, 2012 at 11:31 AM TheRealJoe123 Says:

Wow this is gonna be fun to watch, but Storobin will need another miracle in order to win this race.

Fedler should be forced to explain is cozy relationship with Liu and his fancy 200k a year job on the tax payers dime.

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 Jun 13, 2012 at 12:32 PM Anonymous Says:

Felder should try to get the Republican line also. If not that, then the Independent or Conservative line. If he gets enough votes on a non-Democrat line he won't be beholden to the Democratic party and can't be forced to tow the line.

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 Jun 13, 2012 at 01:59 PM Election2012 Says:

Anyone that understands politics would know that if you vote for simcha hes going to be in the minority It's a much safer bet going with shtrobin who's in the majority republican senate

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 Jun 13, 2012 at 04:13 PM DovidTheK Says:

I don't see any internet filters on those computers in the background of the picture.

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 Jun 13, 2012 at 02:22 PM DemsBeBabies Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Felder should try to get the Republican line also. If not that, then the Independent or Conservative line. If he gets enough votes on a non-Democrat line he won't be beholden to the Democratic party and can't be forced to tow the line.

do you honestly think He doesnt have the Republican and Conservative lines? you insane? He is a sitting Republican Senetor, with the backing of all local and state Republicans behind him. He also, I am sure has the full power of boots on the ground of the Conservative Party, as he is a good friend of that party as well.

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 Jun 14, 2012 at 09:58 AM Anonymous Says:

Fielder has a proven track record. Storobin is a novice unknown who won a seat for a few months in a tainted election. I hope the community wakes up this time.

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