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Fidler: I’ll stop the GOP’s red wave in Southern Brooklyn

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Councilman Lew Fidler says he sees the red wave about to crash down upon southern Brooklyn — and is lashing himself to other Democrats to weather the upcoming storm.

The Marine Park Democrat, battling Republican attorney David Storobin for disgraced Carl Kruger’s vacant state Senate seat, accused deep-pocketed GOP leaders of encroaching in other typically blue districts that stretch from Canarsie to Brighton Beach.

“This is where we draw the line in the sand,” a fired-up Fidler told two-dozen members of the Brooklyn Young Democrats at a Jan. 18 gathering the group hosted at Wheeler’s Restaurant in Sheepshead Bay. “If I lose this race they’re coming for [every Democrat].”

Fidler said a GOP takeover would redraw the political map — dooming future Democrats’ chances for decades to come.

“They [want] to change politics for the rest of your adult lives here in Southern Brooklyn,” Fidler said.

Fidler spokesman Kalman Yeger said the veteran lawmaker plans to “run a campaign that speaks to the voters in the district,” but declined to discuss specifics on their plans for beating Storobin.

Fidler’s tough talk followed comments by state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) that Senate Republicans planned to spend up to $500,000 to help Storobin trounce Fidler in the March 20 special election.

Southern Brooklyn was long considered a Democratic stronghold until Rep. Bob Turner (R–Sheepshead Bay) beat Assemblyman David Weprin (D–Queens) to replace former democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, who resigned after a cybersex scandal last year.

Nearly 66 percent of voters in Kruger’s former district backed Turner, giving borough Republicans hope that they could expand their influence from Bay Ridge, where leaders include Golden, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R–Bay Ridge), and Rep. Michael Grimm (R–Bay Ridge) who beat Democratic incumbent Michael McMahon in 2010, to southern Brooklyn.

Storobin, also the vice president of the Kings County Republican Committee, launched his candidacy within weeks of Kruger resigning after confessing to taking $1 million in bribes while in office. The rookie candidate also blasted Fidler for launching his campaign on the steps of City Hall instead of inside the district, which spans from Brighton Beach to Mill Basin.

“He’s ignored the needs of the people of southern Brooklyn as a councilman, and now he’s ignoring us as a senate candidate,” Storobin said. “Our community deserves better.”

But Fidler’s supporters vowed to keep Storobin out of office.

“We can’t let Republicans take Southern Brooklyn,” said Sheepshead Bay native and Brooklyn Young Democrats president Amanda Pizzuti. “I hope we can keep the senate district blue.”

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Jon from Bay Ridge says:
Lew Fidler is a mensch and one of the best elected officials Brooklyn currently has. David Storobin is a party hack, who has extremist ideas that are so far out of the mainstream. He has no ties to any local community organization. Its a real shame that the GOP could not find anyone else to run.
Jan. 26, 2012, 4:07 pm
A FRIEND from BROOKLYN says:
READ TO BOTTOM, PLEASE, ABT
DEMOCROOK LEW FIDLER!
Daily News Editorial, 9/11/10...GREEDY POLS ARE TAKING PUBLIC CAMPAIGN FUNDS THEY DON'T NEED: NYC has among the most generous programs for publicly financing political campaigns, and, wouldn't you know it, the taxpayers are getting hammered.

The Campaign Finance Board sends check to candidates who abide by contribution limits as a way to diminish the power of moneyed special interests and to make it easier to run for office.

But when a candidate has little or no opposition often still file for checks and find over-the-top, unnecessary ways to spend the money.

In last year's primary, 10 candidates (nine of them incumbents) won with more than 60% of the vote, yet they got a total of $802,498 in tax dollars for their no-contest contests.

In the general election, abuses were even more rampant. An astonishing 29 runaway winners took a combined $1,156,615 from the treasury.

The worst of the bunch was Brooklyn Democratic Councilman LEW FIDLER , who worked the system for $88,550 on the claim that he had a tough GOP challenger - and wound up winning with 81% of the vote.
Jan. 26, 2012, 5:20 pm
Carl Kruger is Lew from Manhattan Beach says:
Lew Fidler and Kruger are best friends
Jan. 26, 2012, 11:16 pm
Milton from Canarsie says:
Lew Fidler is not only 'best friends' with crooked Carl Kruger, but he was just endorsed by Kings Cnty Dem party chairman, controversial Vito J. Lopez, who is now being investigated by the Federal and City governments!

Yes, Fidler is part of a crooked bunch. His hands are sticky, not having returned some $88,550 campaign funds that he was asked ro return. Seems he said he needed it back in 2009, but he won 81% of the vote, and did not need the funds. Is the money helping lower his personal costs for his son's college educaton? Mmmmm.
Jan. 27, 2012, 12:44 pm
Mo Yai from Marin Park says:
A long time career politician is the tile of Lew fidler, brooklyn is fed up with those type of phony characters.
March 13, 2012, 4:53 pm

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