Panic in Wheedle Park

By Yerachiel Lopin (Frum Follies blog)
November 18, 2013

The buzz at the Agudah convention over the weekend, which overshadowed the rabbinic sermonizing, was panic at the thought that Thompson is not corruptible. They are frantically trying to figure out how to stymie his stated intent to properly examine and follow through on the molesting charges against cantor and rabbi, Baruch (Mordechai) Lebovits. It is not a question of his innocence. Any savvy, sentient being in Boro Park knows the many, many allegations against him. But this does not matter. It is a question of preserving the pattern they established with Joe Hynes of being able to get most of their criminals coddled.

The fixers are frustrated because their standard shtadlanim (political pleaders) are now irrelevant. The Friedmans, Niedermans, Ben Barbers, and Henna Whites are all yesterday’s trash swept away by Thompson’s 11% percent primary victory, without the ultra orthodox vote. There is a new sheriff in town and he is a serious man.

Nevertheless, they will muster all their political ingenuity and call in all their chits with intermediary politicians, whether venal or gullible, to make the case to Thompson that he should hold back on the Lebovits case. I doubt they will succeed, in spite of all their chatter. But they will find a way to give the Thompson transition team an earful of contrived rumors and a few veiled threats.

I feel for the Thompson team which will have to put up with the input and filter out the garbage. But I suppose that goes with the territory of being Brooklyn DA. At the end of the day this will be part of his team’s political education about absurd messaging in the defense of reprehensible molesters. I am confident that over time, the Thompson team will get better and better at sorting the truth from the chaff and will learn which sources are actually trustworthy.