Dr. Robert Mittman, the controversial underdog Queens congressional candidate, released a campaign video on YouTube yesterday. So far, only 13 people have watched the clip, which includes footage of Dr. Mittman reading the statement he made when he first announced his campaign interspersed with photos of him and his family, the good doctor at work treating patients and pictures of New York and Washington landmarks all set to the tune of Billy Joel’s 1989 hit “We Didn’t Start The Fire.”
“As a lifelong Queens resident, a parent, a voter and a medical doctor, I am here to offer a precsription for a healthy economy,” Dr. Mittman says in the video.
When Dr. Mittman first announced his candidacy, he faced accusations he was a plant designed to split the Jewish vote, which would favor Assemblywoman Grace Meng, the candidate who has the backing of the Queens County Democratic Party. Dr. Mittman has vigorously denied these allegations. In his video, Dr. Mittman slams his three Democratic opponents in the 6th district race; Ms. Meng, Assemblyman Rory Lancman and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley as career politicians.
“I am running for Congress to get Washington working for you, the people. Unlike all of my opponents in the Democratic primary, I am not a career politician. I’m a medical doctor,” he says. “As a doctor, I have been trained to diagnose an illness and prescribe the proper treatment. I’ll apply these same techniques as your representative in Congress.”
To drive home the point that his experience as a health professional will be a political asset, Dr. Mittman’s clip also features the slogan “the prescription for a healthy economy” and his campaign logo, whish is his name alongside a healthy, nutritious apple. For good measure, there’s a real-life apple is also shown sitting on his desk.
Watch Dr. Mittman’s YouTube video below.