Friday, November 05, 2010
By Azi Paybarah
"This week, when I asked Paladino if he had campaigned before any non-Orthodox Jewish groups in the state, he confessed to not knowing the difference between the Orthodox and the larger Reform or Conservative denominations. Which explains how he got mixed up early in his campaign with a fringe rabbi, Yehuda Levin, whose entire agenda consists of fighting gay rights and abortion. So desperate was he for Jewish friends after being accused of anti-Semitism, Paladino never had an opportunity to learn that for the vast majority of New York Jews, like those in the rest of the country, their priority is opportunity for all people and programs that improve the communities where they live.
"In his emailed response to the same question I asked Paladino about Jewish diversity, Cuomo (or his campaign) said: "Throughout my career I have traveled the state meeting with a wide variety of Jewish leaders in different communities." That may be true of his time as an advisor in his father's administration and as attorney general, but he didn't show it in this campaign. The sole foray into organized Jewish life, as far as I can see, was a visit with Satmar and other chasidic leaders in Williamsburg and Borough Park on a single day."
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
By Azi Paybarah
"No one who was there took this at all literally. No one will get special treatment in my office. I was making a reference to the idea that in my office, all those who feel they are voiceless, will have a voice. That was the point, and I think enough has been said on it."
Friday, October 22, 2010
By Azi Paybarah
"When you look at people who have endorsed Attorney General Cuomo, such as Mayor Bloomberg and Mayor Koch, and they've both endorsed me. I think they're showing voters you can vote and split your ticket and end up with good government."
Thursday, July 08, 2010
If there's one moment where congressional candidate Reshma Saujani squirms a little during her interview with Adam Dickter of The Jewish Week, it's around the 3:30 mark, when he asks her if Israel should be permitted to keep its settlements.
Friday, July 02, 2010
Dickter's interview with Blakeman got refershingly deep into the weeds of foreign policy.
Around the 3:30 minute mark, Blakeman says the US is no longer preventing allies from talking to rogue or unfriendly nations.
"The president of Brazil met with the President of Syria. Assad. Bashar Assad. I cannot think that if George Bush was still president, that the President of Brazil would meet with the Syrian president. I cannot imagine a scenario where that would happen."
Around the 4:10 mark, Blakeman hits Gillibrand for not bringing the White House closer into Israel’s corner:
"So, I think there’s a fundamental shift away from Israel and towards the Palestinians, by the administration. Senator Gillibrand has been absolutely silent on that, and I think that has emboldened Iran."
On the home front, Blakeman praised Chris Christie as someone "reflecting the new Republican Party." When asked about Sarah Palin, Blakeman was complimentary, but not non-committal about her 2012 chances.
“I think there’s a perception that she’s not smart. I think she’s very smart. I think she does have great communication skills, leadership skills, but there a lot of good Republicans out there who could be potential presidential candidates, and I think Sarah Palin is just one of them.”