David Storobin’s Independent Line Bid Likely to Fail [Updated]

Special election candidate David Storobin, who already has the Republican and Conservative lines in his campaign to replace former State

David Storobin (Photo: Facebook)

Special election candidate David Storobin, who already has the Republican and Conservative lines in his campaign to replace former State Senator Carl Kruger, will likely be unsuccessful in his efforts to be on a third “School Choice Party” line, a Democratic source told Politicker.

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The Democrat explained that 2,387 valid signatures were needed for an independent ballot line in this State Senate district — an awkward number as it’s calculated from the number of votes the district cast in the last gubernatorial election. Apparently Mr. Storobin fell several hundred signatures short of this goal.

Mr. Storobin’s bid to be on the School Choice line will still be successful if his signatures remain unchallenged, but the Democratic source suggested strongly that they will be challenged, additionally arguing that the lack of signatures shows a lack of organization for the aspiring State Senator.

“We wanted David Storobin’s name to appear with the School Choice emblem on the ballot so that the voters would know where David stands on that issue. We wouldn’t expect a whole lot of votes on the School Choice on the line, but it would be information for the voters,” School Choice Party Chair Gary Popkin said in an interview.

Third party lines are mostly symbolic, but they can provide a signal of support for voters looking at the ballot. The School Choice Party’s platform, advocating for financial support for parents with children in private school,  is particularly salient in districts like this this one, as many Jewish families enroll their children in yeshivas.

Mr. Storobin’s Democratic opponent, Councilman Lew Fidler, is unlikely to personally contest Mr. Storobin’s signatures, but Mr. Popkin placed the blame on the candidate should they be challenged. “I don’t know what Lew Fidler would accomplish by throwing them off the ballot … unless he doesn’t want the voters to know where David stands on school choice.”

The State Senate seat both candidates are vying to win opened up when Carl Kruger pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges and resigned. In addition to the Democratic Party’s line on the ballot, Councilman Fidler has already obtained the Independence Party’s backing.

The election will take place on March 20th.

Update: Councilman Fidler’s campaign manager Kalman Yeger sends over his response:

“How sad that Mr. Storobin is so uncomfortable with being associated with Albany Republicans that he would try to fraudulently manipulate the ballot with a manufactured ballot line. Brooklyn voters know that Councilman Fidler stands with them, and are again wondering exactly who David Storobin is. Will Mr. Storobin’s next move be to scrub his Republican enrollment as he has done with his erratic internet rants?”

David Storobin’s Independent Line Bid Likely to Fail [Updated]