After being forced off the campaign trail for at least the past two weeks, Councilman Lew Fidler appears to be actively competing in the special election for Carl Kruger’s old State Senate seat again.
“It’s 1,000 percent full steam ahead,” Mr. Fidler told Brooklyn Daily, which first reported the news. Calling the extended stay in the hospital “a temporary setback,” he further vowed to “beat the pants off of” his Republican opponent, attorney David Storobin.
He had been hospitalized due to a severe allergic reaction to medications he was taking.
“It’s understandable that people were worried, but those who came to visit me knew that I was going to be walking out of the hospital,” he explained to Brooklyn Daily. “Once people see me back on the job, they’ll understand that I’m going to be fine.”
Mr. Fidler’s absence had caused debates and candidates’ forums to be canceled, as well as some amounts of confusion and concern in the race overall. Mr. Storobin’s campaign previously told The Politicker the candidates were next scheduled to debate on NY1′s Inside City Hall next Monday.
The special election in the southeastern Brooklyn district is March 20th. The seat opened up when then-State Senator Carl Kruger pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges and resigned last December.