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Akselrod Campaign Treasurer Resigns Following “Negrohood” Flub

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: The campaign treasurer for Friends of Ben Akselrod resigned yesterday, outraged that his address was put on thousands of mailers to neighbors that said crime is up in the “negrohood.”

Sheepshead Bites was the first news outlet to report last week that Ben Akselrod, looking to unseat State Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, sent out a mailer to thousands of residents that Cymbrowitz was “allowing” crime to rise in the “negrohood.”

Additionally, the flier contained several typos and factual errors.

The flier came from “Friends of Ben Akselrod,” one of two campaign groups supporting Akselrod for Assembly, and had the return address of the campaign treasurer, Bryan Goldstein.

Following our report, Goldstein contacted Sheepshead Bites and said that he was “not involved” in creating the literature, and that his address was used “WITHOUT permission or authority.”

“As you can imagine, when I found out about this over the weekend I was quite upset about this,” he told us on Monday. “I agreed to be the treasurer for Ben Akselrod. We’ve been friends since high school. It was not something I was thrilled to get involved with but I figured I’d do a favor for a friend.”

Goldstein, a lawyer, said that he was largely just a name on the account, occasionally signing paperwork, cutting checks and depositing donations. (It is not unusual for campaign treasurers to have little involvement in the campaign.)

But since the mailers went out, Goldstein is worried that the nefarious flub would muddy his name, and that “weirdos and nutcases” may try to contact him.

“Basically, I think the feeling was that it was no big deal to use my address …  that no harm would come of that, and obviously I disagree,” he said. “Naturally, when you see something like that and have my home address attached to that, naturally that’s very disturbing.”

Goldstein said he had no involvement in the creation of the flier, and that he wasn’t sure how it could have happened.

“I have no idea how this quote got into it; it was never explained to me and to my knowledge, Mr. Akselrod does not know about it,” he said.

Asked if, as treasurer, he issued payment for the printing, he indicated that no payments had been made to anyone that would be large enough to cover such a printing, but that it was possible he had not yet received the invoice.

At 5:27 p.m. on Monday, Goldstein sent an e-mail to Sheepshead Bites that said, in part, “Effective immediately, I have resigned as treasurer of the campaign for Ben Akselrod.”

Despite multiple requests for comment, no one from the Akselrod campaign has responded.

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  1. now think about it- this is a guy who wants to be your assemblyman and he puts out this literature that he never bothers to check/ review. At best, this is a lazy/ sloppy/ careless guy. At worst, a real racist

  2. That article you linked is pretty damning for Akselrod since it demonstrates his ignorance for the jurisdiction of the office he’s running for. Someone should send him to junior high school to learn about simple government concepts. Oh and perhaps he should learn that debates are conducted with an independent moderator and not just him shouting false allegations at his opponent.

  3. I dunno, Cymbrowitz runs blood drives and Akslerod calls the district a negrohood. I’d say that’s an issue.

  4. Despite our continuing boom, I wouldn’t overestimate the type of individuals who have found our area of Brooklyn, paradise. Many of these folks do not look to Chekhov, Confucius, or Kerensky for inspiration. Look, Storobin, ran what a number of us natives felt was an embarassing and shameful campaign, yet he got in…

  5. Why would they call negrohood?are they crazy? It’s latinohood. He should report this to president Obama 🙂

  6. Storobin got in because voter turnout is diminishing, and it was a special election, which usually means only the truly motivated will vote. A lot of locals are apathetic, those more likely to vote include those who are unhappy with the status quo.

    It’s time that people started recognizing that southern Brooklyn is no longer a given for progressive candidates, and that such a change matters.

  7. The only thing wrong with what he said is the fact that it’s true, especially when you’re talking about the notorious Nostrand Ave. projects. But, as a NY Demoncrat, he should know better than to tell the truth. The people are simply not used to it.

  8. Tinman, maybe you need a lesson in reality. You may be close to the beach, but that doesn’t mean you should continue keeping your head in the sand.

  9. Akselrod.  Cymbrowitz.  Goldstein.  Negrohood.

    Taken as a whole, a most inspiring assemblage, no?  Goes a long way to explain the disastrous course our nation has taken over the past 75 years — a nation hijacked. 

    The first group is far too small in actual numbers to effect political change alone.  But using their innate intelligence, financial resources, and guile, they opportunistically exploit the other group to serve as their ground troops — indeed, as cannon fodder — in their ideological war.

    Of course, Jews have to be sure to direct all of this anger, indignation, and aggression they encourage and provoke in their propagandized targets away from them, and toward their common “oppressor”: whitey.  And yes, every once in a while there will be blowback — such as the criminal activity the Jews must endure in their communities, as they are preyed upon by the young black males they have “liberated” (from whatever else, apparently any fear of authority, real-time violent consequences, and retribution).  But as a whole, this “alliance” has proven well worth it to the superior partner.

    So let us all raise a glass to the most successful coalition to ever emerge in American politics:

    Blacks and Jews: Perfect Together. ®

  10. Akselrod.  Cymbrowitz.  Goldstein.  Negrohood.

    Taken as a whole, a most inspiring assemblage, no?  Goes a long way to explain the disastrous course our nation has taken over the past 75 years — a nation hijacked.

    The first group is far too small in actual numbers to effect political change alone.  But using their innate intelligence, financial resources, and guile, they opportunistically exploit the other group to serve as their ground troops — indeed, as cannon fodder — in their ideological war.

    Of course, Jews have to be sure to direct all of this anger, indignation, and aggression they encourage and provoke in their propagandized targets away from them, and toward their common “oppressor”: whitey.

    And yes, every once in a while there will be blowback — such as the criminal activity the Jews must endure in their own communities, as they are preyed upon by the young black males they have “liberated” (from whatever else, apparently any fear of authority, real-time violent consequences, and retribution).

    But as a whole, this “alliance” has proven well worth it, especially to the superior partner.  So let us all raise a glass to the most successful coalition to ever emerge in American politics:

    Blacks and Jews: Perfect Together. ®

  11. All he did was state a fact, pure & simple.

    Stating facts, especially ones no one dares to admit or face up to, are perpetually attacked on this website. The attackers, in all their phony self righteous condemnation, of course know the truth as well, but what better way to make themselves feel they’ve taken the higher road.

    Yet another example of political correctness extremism.

    http://repeatingislands.com/2011/09/25/black-population-growing-in-new-york-city/

  12. Question.

    Who paid for the “negrohood” mailer? I can’t seem to find any expenditure in his last financial disclosure on the NYS Board of Election Website.

    Can someone on this blog look into that?

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