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  Republicans seem serious about creating new “Super Jewish” (NY) state senate seat
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AuthorColin Campbell
News DateWednesday, November 16, 2011 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
Description"City Hall News’ morning newsletter hears that the Republicans are including an Orthodox-heavy district in their redistricting drafts:

* Senate Republicans appear to be serious about creating a long-rumored “Jewish district” in Brooklyn, according to a well-connected Republican source who saw a copy of their draft redistricting maps. The idea, the source said, would be to put as many Orthodox Jewish voters as possible into indicted State Sen. Carl Kruger‘s Senate district. Nobody is counting on Kruger staying in office for long, and Jewish voters helped propel Republican Congressman Bob Turner to a special election victory this fall. In the prospective Senate race, the Republican candidate could also potentially use same-sex marriage as a wedge issue against Councilman Lew Fidler, who supports it and is presumed to be the Democratic candidate for the seat.

I’ve talked about this prospect before, and noted that the hypothetical new green district in the map above voted 65% for McCain in 2008 — more than the state of Utah.

If Kruger leaves office due to the criminal charges placed against him, and there’s a special election, Republicans would be forced to run a candidate in the current (55% McCain) district.

And there’s always the possibility that Cuomo will veto the map as threatened, sending the map drawing process to the courts."
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