Gov. George Pataki has been taking on a higher profile in Brooklyn's Jewish community than even some of the borough's elected officials.
In the past two weeks the Republican, who announces his re-election bid this weekend, dropped in on Sephardic congregants at two Midwood synagogues on a Shabbat morning with Democratic Assemblyman Steve Cymbrowitz; toured the site of a future Holocaust center at Kingsborough Community College; and addressed a pro-Israel rally for Russian immigrants in Brighton.
H. Carl McCall was among the chorus of critics who rapped Andrew Cuomo, his Democratic gubernatorial rival, for Cuomo's criticism of Gov. George Pataki's post-Sept. 11 leadership. But barely three months after the terror attack, the state comptroller was blasting Pataki's "lack of leadership and blunders" in seeking federal aid.
Cuomo had caused an uproar last week by saying Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was the only leader following the catastrophe and that Pataki "held the leader's coat."