Orange County, NY – Striking back at a verbal tongue lashing by the Satmar Rebbe earlier in the week, Senator elect James Skoufis had some scathing words of his own, warning Kiryas Joel residents to expect no favors during his time in Albany.
As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2AGnzpU), Rabbi Aron Teitelbaum slammed the New York State Department of Education’s new laws mandating significant changes to the secular curriculums of private schools, saying that New York State jails are filled with killers and violent felons who are products of the public school system. In addition to calling on his followers to openly defy the new ruling, the Satmar Rebbe categorized newly elected State Senator James Skoufis as “wicked and evil.”
Just over two hours later, Skoufis fired back at Rabbi Teitelbaum on Facebook.
“I guess he’s still rankled that my campaign was able to easily overcome his bloc vote this past election,” wrote Skoufis, describing the remarks as “abhorrent,” “disgraceful” and “dangerous,” wondering aloud if Rabbi Teitelbaum was hoping to “elicit violence” among his followers.
News 12 Hudson Valley (http://bit.ly/2AKvcMi) reported that Skoufis has continued to speak out publicly about the Satmar Rebbe’s remarks.
“There’s going to be a new sheriff in town and if there’s anything wicked, it’s this preferential treatment some politicians give Kiryas Joel,” said Skoufis. “That’s going to end on my watch.”
Reactions to Skoufis’s statements on Facebook have been far from politically correct, and full of vile anti-semitic undertones.
“They don’t have thieves?!,” wrote Facebook user Shaun Patrick Reilly. “The entire cult has been stealing from NYS under the guise of religion. Bloodsucking golems.”
“Can’t believe we have to share the same space as these vile parasitic lunatics,” commented Facebook user Pete Hermann.
And referencing the measles outbreak that has spread throughout the greater New York area, Facebook user Tommy Starro wrote, “[Obscenity] measle infested leeches.”
Earlier this month, Skoufis pulled no punches, telling supporters in his Election Day victory speech that he was indebted only to them, and blasting both Governor Cuomo and the Kiryas Joel bloc vote, as previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2AHwHL6).
“When we go to the State Senate in January, we will not owe anything to any of them,” said Skoufis. “Not the governor. Not KJ. Not any of the special interests that operate in Albany. The only, the only people I will happily be indebted to are all of you.”