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Brooklyn, NY - Jewish Democratic Socialist Salazar Wins NY Primary

Published on: September 13, 2018 09:47 PM
Last updated on: September 13, 2018 10:01 PM
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 file photo, Democratic New York state Senate candidate Julia Salazar smiles as she speaks to a supporter before a rally in McCarren Park in the Brooklyn borough of New York. APFILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 file photo, Democratic New York state Senate candidate Julia Salazar smiles as she speaks to a supporter before a rally in McCarren Park in the Brooklyn borough of New York. AP

Brooklyn, NY - Julia Salazar, a democratic socialist, overcame intense scrutiny of her personal life and questions about her truthfulness Thursday to win the Democratic primary for a state Senate seat in Brooklyn.

The 27-year-old, first-time candidate defeated Sen. Martin Dilan in New York’s 18th Senate District, joining the ranks of leftist insurgents nationwide who have knocked out mainstream Democrats.

There is no Republican candidate running in the district in the general election, virtually guaranteeing her win.


Dilan, 67, was a 16-year incumbent representing a district that has gone through major changes, with longtime residents being pushed out by rising rents and an influx of mostly white, wealthier newcomers.

Salazar built a grassroots campaign to unseat Dilan on the grounds that he hadn’t done enough to help the poor or stop gentrification. She assailed him for taking campaign contributions from real estate interests.

Her campaign began attracting wide attention after fellow democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez scored a surprise win in June’s congressional primary over U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley.

But in recent weeks, the race became a soap opera as reporters dug into her background.

Salazar faced criticism for saying she was an immigrant from Colombia who struggled financially growing up when she was actually born in Florida and had hundreds of thousands of dollars in a trust fund. She was scrutinized, too, over a political and religious conversion during her years at Columbia University, where she transformed from a Republican, anti-abortion Christian to a hard-left, Jewish Democrat.

One group revoked its endorsement after learning Salazar hadn’t graduated from Columbia, as she said on its survey.

Salazar said she “inadvertently misrepresented” her family’s history and chalked up some biographical discrepancies to mistakes by her staff.

Then, reporters revealed that in 2011, when she was in college, Salazar was accused of attempted bank fraud by the estranged wife of a famous neighbor in Florida, former New York Met Keith Hernandez.

Salazar was arrested but not prosecuted. She later filed a lawsuit accusing Hernandez’s wife, Kai Hernandez, of trying to frame her because she erroneously believed she was having an affair with her husband. Kai Hernandez settled the lawsuit for $20,000.

Two days before the election, a conservative news site, The Daily Caller, told the Salazar campaign it was about to publish a story identifying her as a woman who had anonymously accused a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of sexual assault.

Saying she didn’t want to be “outed” against her will, Salazar tweeted about the incident, saying the Netanyahu aide, David Keyes, had bullied her into an unwanted sex act.

Keyes called it a false allegation “made by someone who has proven to be repeatedly dishonest about her own life,” but after additional women came forward with accusations, including a Wall Street Journal reporter, he took a leave of absence. At least four female Israeli lawmakers called upon Netanyahu to suspend Keyes.

Dilan was first elected in 2002 and was a member of the state Senate Democratic Conference’s leadership. He spent 10 years in New York’s City Council before being elected to the Senate.

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 Sep 13, 2018 at 10:58 PM Moishe Says:

ה' ירחם


 Sep 13, 2018 at 11:09 PM Secular Says:

NOT Jewish


 Sep 14, 2018 at 01:16 AM lazy-boy Says:

being a liar is part of being a politician, but generally they are good liars, she seems to stink at being a liar....


 Sep 14, 2018 at 02:47 AM Mark Levin Says:

New York State is done. Flee!!!! Get out while you can.


 Sep 14, 2018 at 07:29 AM yamsar Says:

Reply to #2  
Secular Says:

NOT Jewish



 Sep 14, 2018 at 09:33 AM Anonymous Says:

We can thank agent orange for making these candidates win. Aveira goreres aveira.


 Sep 14, 2018 at 10:10 AM Anonymous Says:

To #5- Was her Mother Jewish, or did she have a conversion according to Halacha?


 Sep 14, 2018 at 12:50 PM Anonymous Says:

Oy the future of the left. They become stranger by the day. It could only mean Mashicah is coming


 Sep 14, 2018 at 02:51 PM From her website (Aug 24 '18) Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

To #5- Was her Mother Jewish, or did she have a conversion according to Halacha?

The truth here is simple: my father was of Sephardic Jewish heritage; my mother was nominally raised Catholic, but religion had little place in our household. It was in college, in the wake of my father’s death when I was 18, that I began to deeply explore my Jewish roots, participate in Jewish communal life, and commit myself to observing Judaism. That experience became an important part of who I am today — part of my social and spiritual life, but also part of my politics and moral compass.

Some have attempted to question whether I am Jewish. I have never demanded or expected that everyone recognize and accept my Jewish identity. My religious and spiritual life have never been a focus of my campaign for State Senate. I can only point out that the article that provoked this is clearly politically motivated, seeking to discredit my conversion and my Jewishness in a misguided attempt to attack my credibility as a progressive candidate. The fact that, as a woman of color, I am facing accusations that my deeply held identity is a false one says more about the politics of Jewish identity than it does about my observing Judaism.


Doesn't seem really Jewish


 Sep 14, 2018 at 06:00 PM Anonymous Says:

Well she is proven liar so I guess that would make her a Democrat.


 Sep 16, 2018 at 08:55 PM Anonymous Says:

To #9- As your posting points out, her Mother was NOT Jewish; therefore, she is not Jewish, according to Halacha; case closed.


 Sep 17, 2018 at 01:22 AM Anonymous Says:

Baruch Hashemshe won, Dilan was a leftist. (I can't think of a single leftist bill he didn't support in his year in office)

He was a cosponsor of assisted suicide, and that alone makes him a bigger rasha than at this point in time than this proven liar.


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