Sunday, August 21, 2011

NY-9: Another Dem Crossing To The Winning Team?

Things are getting curiouser and curiouser in NY-9.

Tonight, Democratic Assemblyman Dov Hikind just went on the airwaves and said that he could not support David Weprin! This follows up on the coverage like this from David Freelander:

“I don’t know who I’m going to support,” he said of the Congressional race between Weprin and Republican Bob Turner to fill the seat left vacant by Anthony Weiner. “I do have a problem with David Weprin on a certain issue which I will talk about a lot more as we move on.”
So what exactly does this mean? Is an endorsement of Bob Turner in the offing? Right now, there are more questions than answers, but a Hikind endorsement could have a significant effect on this race. Let's analyze, shall we?

Assemblyman Hikind represents the 48th Assembly District. He won re-election after a tough challenge from our good friend and Brooklyn GOP Radio contributor Brian Doherty who garnered 38% of the vote on the R and C lines. So we know the people in the district can find the Republican and Conservative columns.

the 48th overlaps with the 9th Congressional in only 4 EDs, all of which Turner carried against all of them against disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner in 2010. So the impact of a possible endorsement by Hikind, a fixture in the Orthodox Jewish community for decades, is more about how it would resonate throughout the 9th than it is about winning in the 48th AD. Also, we should note that the Orthodox community is a small segment of the Jewish population in NY-9.

A Hikind endorsement at right about the same time in the election cycle last year played a significant role in Congressman Michael Grimm's victory in the 13th CD - could the same happen in the 9th this year? You know what they say about counting chickens before they hatch, but the possibility is there.

UPDATE: Here is the audio from Dov Hikind's radio show! (h/t to TheBrooklynPolitics)

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