Councilman Lew Fidler is preparing to run for the State Senate seat in Brooklyn’s 27th District that was vacated after Carl Kruger resigned after pleading guilty to corruption charges. Councilman Fidler revealed his plans in a Facebook post last night where he solicited support from his friends.
“Folks, as I prepare to announce my candidacy for the State Senate seat vacated by Carl Kruger, I am compiling a list of folks who are involved with community organizations who I can list as supporters,” Councilman Fidler wrote. “If you are willing—BLESS YOU—please contact me here on Facebook or by email.”
Councilman Fidler’s call for endorsements received a response from several people including Carlo Scissura, chief of staff for Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, who’s planning a run to succeed Mr. Markowitz when his final term expires in 2013.
“You got me Lew Fidler,” Mr. Scissura wrote.
Rumors of a run by Councilman Fidler, who is a Democrat, have began brewing almost immediately after Mr. Kruger’s resignation Tuesday. Councilman Fidler hasn’t exactly been shy about his Senatorial aspirations. In June, he formed a committee to raise funds for an unspecified state office and hinted at future plans in a coy statement released on the day Mr. Kruger resigned.
“For the past several months, I have carefully refrained from disrespecting the United States Constitution and the rights of the accused. In doing so, I have promised that, at the appropriate time, I would comment fully,” Councilman Fidler said. “Today is not that day as it would seem appropriate to let the events that have occurred resonate fully without political commentary. I do, however, promise to comment on and make my plans known in the very near future. Stay tuned.”
David Storobin, a lawyer and official in the Brooklyn GOP, is likely running on the Republican ticket.The councilman declined to comment on this story through his press secretary, Reeves Eisen.