Brooklyn, NY - Caller Bows Out As Storobin Announces Candidacy For Super Jewish Seat
Last updated on: June 13, 2012 09:23 AM
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.
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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