Hikind Backs Republican In Staten Island House Race
10/20/10
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Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Democrat who has made no secret of his desire to see the Republicans retake Congress, endorsed Staten Island GOP challenger Michael Grimm on Wednesday.

Hikind said the decision had nothing to do with the “Jewish list” controversy last spring when Democrat incumbent Michael McMahon fired a spokeswoman who spoke in an interview about “Jewish money” collected by Grimm.

“He apologized for that,” Hikind said. “It was cleared up.”

Hikind said he backed Grimm because he was impressed with the ex-Marine and former FBI agent’s background and his opposition to Israeli concessions to the Palestinians. “He’s against a two-state solution,” Hikind said. “He goes even further in that issue than almost anyone I know. He’s an impressive guy in terms of the issues and is very knowledgeable about terrorism.”

Grimm also favors clemency for Israel spy Jonathan Pollard, Hikind said. “When I asked him about it I didn’t know what to expect from a former FBI agent,” Hikind said. “He expressed without reservation that the fact that Jonathan Pollard has been in jail for 25 years is a horrible thing.”

Hikind has had a mixed record with endorsements, having backed losing candidates in statewide and local races, most notably Joe Lazar, the candidate who was trounced by Councilman David Greenfield last winter.

“If I wanted to just pick races where the candidate is 20 points ahead that’s not difficult to do,” said Hikind. “I do as well as the New York Yankees in terms of the percentages. I hope I can make a little difference in some parts of the Jewish community but it’s not about picking the person who is leading in the polls.”

By endorsing Grimm, he added, “What do I gain personally except antagonizing a bunch of Democrats?”

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10/21/2010 - 11:39

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To Ira and Fact check: Boro park today may not have the same faces as it did 28 years ago when Hikind was elected BP has changed thru the years for the good and unfortunately for the not so good as well. Boro Park was no different than the rest of the city even more global than that in terms of Israel being in our thoughts where ever Jews may have been. Unfortunately BP today couldn't care less if Israel exists or G-D forbid doesn't, with all the Chesed organizations BP has and should be proud of, somehow this warped thinking of indifference to other Jews are abundant. Hikind still appeals to Jews outside of BP and the rest of the world that have nothing but care, concern and love for another Jew. So Dov Hikind's endorsement still means a lot to our brothers and sisters outside of Boro Park. by the way I don't believe I should generalize and clump all of BP in the same box there are plenty of real caring Jews in BP.
If you read more carefully Mr. Fact Check Hikind said Grimm "is an impressive guy in terms of the issues and is very knowledgeable about terrorism.” Presumably there were other issues discussed closer to home, and terrorism certainly fits the bill as a concern to the people of the district. It's no surprise Mr. Hikind mentioned Israel and Pollard when talking to a Jewish newspaper. If he were talking to another publication he might have discussed tax cuts or repealing Obamacare,
So he supports Grimm because of Grimm's background and his stance on Israel and Palestine but not his views on any EVERYDAY issue concerning Americans. Mr. Hikind, I respect you for your role as a figure and a leader in the Jewish community in New York City and for that matter the country; but understand this, you are elected to represent the American people, not Israel. It would seem that you are better fit to serve in the Knesset. By endorsing Grimm you put the interests of a foreign nation above those of the American people.
Who cares. Hikind couldn't get his endorsed candidate elected in a Boro Park City Council race, where he is the sitting State Assemblyman, why would anyone care about an endorsement of an out of district Congressional race?

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