Behind an Early Endorsement

The decision by the Jewish Press, the politically conservative, denominationally Orthodox Brooklyn weekly, to endorse Eliot Spitzer in February raised some eyebrows. Like most papers, they usually endorse a few days or weeks before an election.

But one person familiar with the paper’s workings said the endorsement didn’t just come out of the blue. Spitzer and Shelly Silver met with the paper’s editors last Friday, and pushed hard for the early endorsement. Part, it seems, of a strategy of trying to cut Tom Suozzi off at every pass.