The five-way comptroller’s race was always going to be a tough haul for Felder. (He never declared, but gave every indication he would enter the race).
Felder, who is an Orthodox Jew, was one of three candidates from Brooklyn (along with David Yassky and Jim Brennan) running for comptroller, and one of four Jewish candidates (in addition to Yassky, Melinda Katz and David Weprin). The fifth candidate, Adolfo Carrion, is well-funded, and is the only Latino running citywide.
Felder has doubtless calculated that in a Senate race, the demographics will be more to his advantage. If the votes split along ethnic lines, Felder could conceivably put together a winning tally on the strength of the district’s Orthodox Jewish population, which is concentrated in Borough Park.
Borough Park, the 45th Assembly district is represented by Dov Hikind, who has told some members of the Jewish community that he wanted Parker unseated. Felder used to be Hikind’s chief of staff.
Mayor Bloomberg is going to put his political clout on the line and will be endorsing his longtime ally for the state Senate seat.
Felder has roughly $1.4 million on hand in his city campaign committee. Because the contribution limits are lower for city races, he can use that cash to bankroll a Senate run.
Brooklyn Councilman Simcha Felder confirmed this morning that he indeed plans to challenge Sen. Kevin Parker in September.