Hours before NYC Councilman Dan Halloran released to the public that he will undergo surgery for a tumor, he kept his schedule for an exclusive interview with GestetnerUpdates.Com to discuss his run for New York’s Sixth Congressional District on the GOP and Conservative lines.
The race has generated a lot of public interest due to the three-way Primary on the Democratic side and the huge number of Jewish voters in the district. “All three of the major Democrats running, says Halloran, are in-line Obama Democrats. They have not bumped their party. They have followed down the line on all the issues that are important to the Communities.”
On the direct question who of the three would be the toughest candidate to beat, Halloran said: “I have to assume Assemblyman Lancman will be a very tough opponent. Rory has a good service record in terms of constituents work. He like I has worn the uniform; I know Rory served in the military, in the infantry and he has a strong Jewish background. Unfortunately his voting record does not match his personal commitment to his faith. He was on the opposite side of gay marriage; opposite side of abortion; and the opposite side on the issues of school vouchers, and tax credits and incentives for those who use private schools to educate our young children.”
Despite all this, Halloran thinks he will have a battle on his hands: “this is not to say that Rory is not a formidable candidate; it’s not to say he has not raise money; it is not to say he does not understand the Jewish questions that are out there. He is very pro Israel as I am. I would say that of the all the candidates, Rory and I share the most in common on National Defense; always taking a hard line on the use of nuclear material by Iran; the reservation of Israel’s right to make the first strike if it is necessary. Our other opponents are not quite so strong on these issues.”