By Reuven Blau (NY Daily News)
November 5, 2012
There's a new sex scandal brewing in the race for Brooklyn’s super Jewish state Senate seat.
A day before the election, supporters of former City Councilman Simcha Felder slammed his opponent, state Sen. David Storobin, for asking a judge for a lighter sentence for his client who was busted for child porn.
“How can he claim to be an advocate for stricter sentences? How can he claim to be tough on crime?” asked a Felder supporter.
In the 2008 case, federal judge Gerard Lynch admonished Storobin for being “utterly unprepared to deal with the seriousness of the matter before the court.”
The pervy client, Michael Malinowski, canned Storobin right before he was sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison for sending child porn images to an undercover Bronx officer and downloading. The cop was posing as a mother interested in setting up a rendezvous with her children.
On Monday, Storobin defended his record as a lawyer and said he stopped defending Malinowski after he moved to take back is guilty plea.
“From a moral point of view, it would be very difficult to represent someone who was actually guilty of something,” he said.
The case is the latest attack in a contentious battle for the newly carved out political seat.
The “Super Jewish” district was created in part by the backing of Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, who views the spot as a way to grab a Republican seat in the largely Democratic region. The SD-17 district includes Borough Park, Midwood, Flatbush and Kensington.
Felder, who works as a top aide to city Controller John Liu, is running on the Democratic and Conservative party lines.
But the politically savvy former city lawmaker has cut a deal with Skelos to conference with the GOP and supports him for leader, according to a source close to the situation.
While initially the underdog, Felder now appears to be the strong frontrunner, despite Storobin's recent victory over Democratic favorite City Councilman Lew Fidler, political pundits said.
In September, Storobin's campaign was dealt a serious blow when three top staffers jumped ship, and his powerful political money man, Nachman Caller, stopped supporting his candidacy.
Storobin denied he was facing an uphill battle Tuesday.
“This is like some alternative universe where nothing is what it seems. They are just slinging slime,” he said, referring to the latest attack.
“Their whole campaign has been incredibly personal. They have refused to debate or deal with actual concerns of people in the community.”
Felder's campaign manager, E. O'Brien Murray shot back: "David Storobin has always had trouble telling the truth. Today is no different. He is the only candidate in this race that has sent negative mail.”