Republicans emboldened by a recent Congressional victory are eager to grab the state senate seat vacated by disgraced Sen. Carl Kruger - but they’re facing a popular Democrat who’s flush with cash.
The race is likely to pit Democratic City Councilman Lew Fidler against David Storobin, a lawyer and vice-chairman of the Brooklyn GOP.
The district is dominated by registered Democrats - but Republicans plan to mount an all-out push to repeat the upset scored by Rep. Bob Turner, who defeated Democrat David Weprin in a special election to replace disgraced pol Anthony Weiner.
“This is not a traditional Brooklyn district,” said Storobin, who immigrated from the Soviet Union when he was 12, got his start in politics volunteering for Rudy Giuliani, and hosted one of Brooklyn’s first Tea Party meetings. “Even the Democrats tend to be conservative Democrats.
... Fidler is viewed as well-liked in his Council district, where term limits prevent him from running again, and has already amassed a $332,000 war chest and taken out ads in Orthodox Jewish newspapers touting his accomplishments.
... Gov. Cuomo has called a special election for March 20 to replace Kruger, who resigned and pled guilty to a massive bribery scheme. The district covers parts of Sheepshead Bay, Brighton Beach, Mill Basin, and Canarsie - much of the same turf as the Congressional seat.