web analytics
April 25, 2015 / 6 Iyar, 5775
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post


A Mayoral Candidate’s Low Blow

Mr. Lhota promptly followed up his attack on Mr. Silver with an extravagant fundraising e-mail.
Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota.

Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota.

We were dismayed by Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota’s opportunistic call last week for New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to resign from his leadership position over the Vito Lopez matter.

To our mind Mr. Lhota’s injecting the Lopez Assembly controversy into the mayoral race, something that has scant relevance to anything in his campaign platform, is a transparent effort at jump-starting what has otherwise been a lackluster campaign by securing some name recognition and perhaps whipping up some financial support. We think it no small coincidence that Mr. Lhota promptly followed up his attack on Mr. Silver with an extravagant fundraising e-mail.

It should be noted that Mr. Lhota’s remarks were directed at someone who has long been the single most productive elected official in the country in terms of laws enacted to protect the rights of Jews as a minority group. And while politics is politics, Mr. Lhota could not have been unmindful that his attack – were anyone actually paying attention to anything he says – could have helped fuel the anti-Silver bandwagon being driven by the city’s daily tabloids.

It is also a fact that the major candidates for mayor on the Democratic side have all been leaders in advocating for women’s rights and all have expressed support for Speaker Silver in the Lopez matter. In addition, Mr. Silver enjoys nearly unanimous support on the issue from the members of the Assembly Democratic caucus – including its female contingent, which has pressed for many women’s rights initiatives. Indeed, Mr. Silver himself has long been key to many of the achievements in this area.

There is another very current issue on the state level if Mr. Lhota is truly searching for a state issue to address. As we discussed last week, the Assembly had passed a bill sponsored by Speaker Silver that prohibits domestic insurers from including on their financial statements investments in companies that engage in investment activities in Iran. State insurance regulators rely on such financial statements to determine whether a company is solvent and able to pay claims.

Mr. Silver has said his bill addresses a concern that investments in Iran are not financially sound given the political turmoil there. Yet he also noted that he hopes this legislation would further encourage divestment in Iran in tandem with federal legislation. This is certainly something our community, along with most New Yorkers, is interested in. Sadly, the Republican majority leader of the State Senate, Dean Skelos, did not even allow Silver’s bill to be voted on before the legislature adjourned last Friday.

Rather than commenting on this clear failure on Senator Skelos’s part, Mr. Lhota chose to challenge Speaker Silver over the Lopez affair.

Come election time, our community should not forget Mr. Lhota’s priorities.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

3 Responses to “A Mayoral Candidate’s Low Blow”

  1. Roy Neal Grissom says:

    Jews don't need "rights as a minority group." They need to remember their objective responsibility to HaShem, the true G-d. What are these "laws that protect Jews' rights as a minority group?" Do they spread Qiddush HaShem before the Nations of the World or do they minimize and privatize it in the name of a secular public square? And just what sort of "women's rights" are we talking about here…abortion on demand? Jews have the "right" (but not the obligation) to observe Torah only when the culture has been secularized? Only where there is abortion on demand? How about homosexual marriage? Does that help "Jewish rights as a minority group?" I'm certainly glad when Yehoshu`a Bin Nun went into Yerecho he didn't spend any time worrying about "the rights of Jews as a minority group." He didn't secularize Yerecho, he killed its residents and destroyed it because it was HaShem's commandment to do so. Is this **really** the same paper that Rabbi Me'ir Kahana' (zt"l; Hy"d) used to write for so regularly?

  2. Roy Neal Grissom says:

    Jews don't need "rights as a minority group." They need to remember their objective responsibility to HaShem, the true G-d. What are these "laws that protect Jews' rights as a minority group?" Do they spread Qiddush HaShem before the Nations of the World or do they minimize and privatize it in the name of a secular public square? And just what sort of "women's rights" are we talking about here…abortion on demand? Jews have the "right" (but not the obligation) to observe Torah only when the culture has been secularized? Only where there is abortion on demand? How about homosexual marriage? Does that help "Jewish rights as a minority group?" I'm certainly glad when Yehoshu`a Bin Nun went into Yerecho he didn't spend any time worrying about "the rights of Jews as a minority group." He didn't secularize Yerecho, he killed its residents and destroyed it because it was HaShem's commandment to do so. Is this **really** the same paper that Rabbi Me'ir Kahana' (zt"l; Hy"d) used to write for so regularly?

  3. Alice Lemos says:

    Silver is a creep and must step down. If he cared about "women's rights" he would not have covered up the harassment scandals in Albany.

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
"Killing Jews is worship that draws us closer to Allah." That's his Jihad. What's yours? - An ad campaign sponsored by  the American Freedom Defense Initiative.
MTA Hopes to Change Rule, Ban ‘Killing Jews’ Anti-Jihad Ad
Latest Indepth Stories
israeli-american flags

All GOP candidates will continue seeking – and praying – for Jewish money with greater success.

New immigrants from USA and Canada arriving at Ben Gurion Airport.

The one reason to make Aliyah outweighs all the arguments not to move to Israel.

Keeping-Jerusalem

“We returned to this Land not in order to be murdered, or uprooted. We came here to be replanted!”

Ambassador Danny Ayalon

I don’t fear for the future of our people because I believe Yeshiva University has created an “Iron Dome” of Jewish leadership

Poland’s great Jewish cities where Jewish life had once flourished and thrived, were now desolate

Chief rabbi, Rav Dovid Lau, stated that the Torah community’s turnout in the WZO election is vital.

Iran has at its core the same ideology as that of ISIS but, inaccurately, is thought a lesser threat

An early Yom Ha’atzmaut gathering for Israel’s 67th birthday with Pres. Rivlin of Israel and guests

Israel’s Memorial Day shouldn’t be a day of mourning, it’s a day to honor, not another Holocaust Day

God’s 3 part promise for Israel: to the Avot; a plentiful land; the eventual return home by all Jews

A committed Religious Zionist, he was a sought-after adviser on Zionist affairs around the world.

More important, Mr. Obama is simply acceding to Iran’s position on the timing of the lifting of sanctions.

“Texans share a lot of the same attitude as Israelis, that we say what we think and we think what we say, and that makes it much easier to communicate,” he says.

The fight against terror is a case in point…. The establishment of a collective forum for dialogue in the Persian Gulf region…is long overdue….

More Articles from Editorial Board

A committed Religious Zionist, he was a sought-after adviser on Zionist affairs around the world.

More important, Mr. Obama is simply acceding to Iran’s position on the timing of the lifting of sanctions.

For our community, Mrs. Clinton’s foreign policy record will doubtless attract the most attention. And it is a most interesting one.

He went on to say that the United States would defend Israel if it were “attacked by any state.”

In their zechus may we all come to appreciate that life is a fleeting gift and resolve to spend every precious moment of it as if it were the last.

A worthy idea any way you look at it.

If nothing really changes in the hearts and minds of the Palestinians, is Israel obligated to provide them and its other adversaries launching pads for attacks?

The United States placed enormous pressure on Israel to relinquish its gains, which Prime Minister Ben-Gurion did with great reluctance.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/editorial/a-mayoral-candidates-low-blow/2013/06/26/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: