On his post-Shabbos radio show, Assemblyman Dov Hikind declared his support for his colleague Rory Lancman’s congressional campaign. Mr. Hikind is a power broker in the city’s Orthodox Jewish community and had previously praised Mr. Lancman, but he made his opinion on the matter crystal clear late last Saturday night.
“I would just urge every person out there to go out and vote,” Mr. Hikind said. “If you’re interested in the issues that I’m talking about, it’s a no-brainer.”
Mr. Hikind even started to reference some of the positive attributes belonging to Mr. Lancman’s Democratic opponents, Assemblywoman Grace Meng and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, before transitioning to again praise Mr. Lancman.
“I mean, the other candidates might be nice, one of them I know she — but it’s a no-brainer that Rory Lancman should be your candidate,” he repeated.
Although most of Mr. Hikind’s influence is in Brooklyn, the Queens district Mr. Lancman is campaigning for does contain a sizable Orthodox Jewish population that he is counting for in his electoral coalition. Like at other points in the campaign, Mr. Lancman brought the discussion back to Israel when he discussed the race on Mr. Hikind’s show.
“I think the Jewish community in Queens has rallied behind my candidacy because this is such an important race for issues that you and I have worked together in Albany, but really for Israel,” he said. “This is a district that has always sent strong, knowledgeable and vocal advocates for Israel to Washington and Israel needs that more than ever.”
“With God’s help, we hope that you will be a Member of Congress,” Mr. Hikind concluded.