“I decided to run on my own,” the city councilman said, adding that he’s had a successful record on council issues from housing to job creation and hopes to bring the same effectiveness to Washington. As for Lopez, “He’s had 20 years to come up with an opponent to challenge Ms. Velázquez in a primary, and he’s never done that,” Dilan said. After committing to a run on his own, he said, “I reached out to [Lopez] and asked for his support.” – NYDN
Daily Archives: 06/06/2012
From TJP: The Jewish Press endorses Erik Martin Dilan in the June 26 Democratic primary election in the 7th Congressional district. The district consists of Little Italy and the Lower East Side in Manhattan; in Brooklyn it includes, Williamsburg, Bushwick, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, parts of Fresh Pond, Red Hook, Gowanus, Greenwood, Sunset Park and Cypress Hills; and in Queens, parts of Fresh Pond and Woodhaven.
In his interview with The Jewish Press, Mr. Dilan was very forthcoming with positive views on issues important to our community. (We refer readers to page 32 for a full report on Mr. Dilan’s positions.)
We have no doubt Mr. Dilan will be a forceful advocate for what is right. We have learned over the years and to our dismay that his opponent, Congressman Nydia Velasquez, cannot be expected to be that advocate.
Jacob Kornblue flags this NY Sun story from late 2008: Simcha Felder, who chairs the Governmental Operations committee, said the bill will be considered this year. “It certainly has merit,” Mr. Felder said of the proposal. “Why in the world should New York City be held hostage to the state? It just doesn’t make sense.” Mr. Felder acknowledged that the bill “would face many hurdles,” but said it deserved a debate. “I think the people in New York City are very interested for the most part in it. The question is the people outside New York City in New York State who have been eating the fruits of our labor for all this time. They aren’t going to be ready to just say forget about it.”
According to a tipster in the district — often referred to as the “Super Jewish” seat — Mr. Tischler is “full force ahead” and has a complete set of volunteers hitting the streets and gathering signatures to get him on the ballot. In order to be successful, he will need to do a better job at collecting signatures than in his 2010 campaign, where he was ultimately kicked off the ballot, leaving David Greenfield and Joe Lazar as the main candidates in a special election to replace Simcha Felder in the City Council (Mr. Greenfield ultimately won, of course). – Colin Campbell
“I recently had the opportunity to meet with Mrs. Ostreicher, talk about her family’s tragic situation, and get a better understanding of what they are going through,” said Turner. “The circumstances are dire and I commend Chairman Chris Smith for putting this hearing together so their story can be heard and get the attention it deserves.”
Turner went on to describe the conditions Jacob Ostreicher is currently living in.
Today, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) participated in a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee hearing on the case of Jacob Ostreicher. While Velázquez does not serve on the Foreign Affairs Committee, she was invited to participate as she has followed Ostreicher’s case closely. Below is Velázquez’s opening statement from today:
Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld tells Hugh Hewitt that the Israel government can’t trust that the Obama Administration would not leak information regarding an impending strike against Iran. – Breitbart. Press Read More for Audio
JPost Reports: Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman on Wednesday threw his weight behind Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s plan to evacuate the Ulpana outpost. Liberman said that his Yisrael Beytenu faction accepts the prime minister’s outline for the plan and that the party’s ministers will vote against “hasdara” bills that would undermine the plan.
Kadima head Shaul Mofaz told Israel Radio that every eligible Kadima voter present in Israel will vote against the outpost bill. The two “hasdara” bills in question are set to be voted on in the Knesset on Wednesday.
Netanyahu’s mammoth 94-MK coalition will shrink to 91 lawmakers on Wednesday if Habayit Hayehudi carries out its threat to depart in protest of government opposition to controversial legislation on outposts.
Total votes cast was 71,731. The count is with 100% precincts reporting but it is no yet certified. Democrat John Lehman has 36,255 votes, and Republican Van Wanggaard, who kicked out Lehman from office in November 2010, has now 35,476 votes. If the Democrats hold the lead on this seat, they take away the Republicans’ 16-16 Majority of the State Senate. The GOP easly won three of the four Republican State Senate seats that were put up for a recall.
Lehman’s lead is by two points, 51%-49%. This is more than the 0.5% which permits a free recount. But before closing the deal on this seat, there are still thousands of absentee ballots all over the state that have yet to be counted, likely many of them in SD21.
The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee posed this on its website 1:53 am (with 98% reporting and its candidate at 34,905 vs 34,080 for the Republican): The DLCC Executive Director Michael Sargeant released the following statement on John Lehman’s election to the Wisconsin State Senate:
“I hope to be of service to my community and my country,” Rothman told supporters Tuesday evening. “I don’t believe I’ll be running for political office ever again.” Rothman pledged to help his opponent — whom he called “my friend, Bill Pascrell” — along with President Barack Obama in the November elections. The eight-term Congressman nearly choked up several times as he recounted his family history and tenure in office, joined on stage by his children, John and Karen Rothman. – NJ.Com
On the day leaders from the Orthodox Union (OU) met Obama at the White House, we get this story from the JTA: President Obama extended a waiver for an additional six months that delays moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
Obama’s waiver, issued June 1, follows in the footsteps of predecessors Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, who also extended the waiver every six months since a law was passed in 1995 mandating moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Presidents are permitted to delay the move on national security grounds.
The Obama campaign — which has largely kept President Obama himself out of the Wisconsin recall election — puts out a statement saying that a message had been sent to Gov. Scott Walker, despite his win. “While tonight’s outcome was not what we had hoped for – no one can dispute the strong message sent to Governor Walker. Hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites from all walks of life took a stand against the politics of division and against the flood of secret and corporate money spent on behalf of Scott Walker, which amounted to a massive spending gap of more than $31 million to $4 million,” Tripp Wellde, campaign state director, said in a statement. – Politico
Many Liberal such as the Editor from Political Wire ran the following post from John Ellis likly because they thought Walker will not win by more than five points. Some were willing to set the bar very high for Walker. Well… the results are history so before anyone walks back the following post that they tweeted and linked, have a read of the relevant part: