One candidate meowed. Another, taking a page from the Anthony Weiner playbook, rose up to denounce most of his rivals. And a third claimed his Russian opponent, a fellow Soviet émigré, was engaging in Communist class warfare.
The Democratic candidates for the open 48th Council District seat squared off in Flatbush last night, and made it clear, early and often, that they do not like each other.
“I’m here telling you … straight,” charged candidate Igor Oberman, an attorney and judge. “I fear for everybody in this room who is able to listen to these bubbameisters and not understand what is really happening.”
The battle for the seat comes following a contentious redrawing of the district, which now ropes in neighborhoods like Flatbush, Brighton Beach and Sheepshead Bay. As a result, political clout was transferred from the Orthodox Jewish community to an emerging Russian-American bloc. And the race is representative of that inherent tension: two candidates, including Mr. Oberman, are Russian-American. One is an Orthodox Jew. And another, a proud Catholic, is a viable contender as well.
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