Mr. Davidzon, a self-styled kingmaker in the Russian-American enclaves of southern Brooklyn, received 1,424 votes in his race to replace term-limited Councilman Michael Nelson, despite launching his campaign only a few weeks before Election Day.
Insiders believed Mr. Davidzon was trying to foil one of his rivals, David Storobin, by peeling off Russian voters to help the Democrat and eventual winner, Chaim Deutsch. Mr. Davidzon denied these charges, but nevertheless said he was satisfied with the outcome of a race where he still finished many thousands of votes behind Mr. Storobin and Mr. Deutsch (Mr. Deutsch won with more than 10,000 votes).
“I am very happy with the numbers but I really believe hundreds of people wanted to vote for me but didn’t vote,” Mr. Davidzon told Politicker yesterday evening, estimating that he could have netted as many as 2,000 votes. “When people ask to vote, they need to borrow glasses. People without glasses cannot vote. There’s not enough space to write in [the name]. It’s almost impossible to fit the name in the box.”
“Can anybody in this city have a two-week write-in campaign and get almost 2,000 votes?” he later boasted.
Mr. Davidzon owns a local radio station and other Russian-language outlets, and used his influence to promote his candidacy. In the past, he would often boost other candidates for office on his radio show, while accepting lucrative advertising and consulting fees from those same candidates. But Mr. Davidzon said his political work isn’t especially important to him–financially at least.