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EXCLUSIVE: After Defeat, Storobin Says He’ll Never Run For Office Again, Takes Swipe At GOP Colleagues


City Council candidate David Storobin

Following his defeat on Tuesday to Councilman-elect Chaim Deutsch, former State Senator David Storobin told Sheepshead Bites that he has no plans of ever running for office again, and also threw a jab at his Republican colleagues, likening them to a “debating society.”

The comment was made in an e-mail to us, following a tweet we posted in jest after the results of Tuesday’s election came in.

In reply, Storobin sent us this:

On twitter, you wondered about my future runs for office, against Cymbrowitz or someone else. Let me put this to rest: I didn’t run for the last two years because I’m obsessed with campaigning for public office. I’ve always been interested in politics and felt it was a way of making a difference for the better. The way things lined up, I had to run 3 times in a row, a nightmare I would’ve never started had I known how long it would take. But once I was in it, this is what I had to do. Under the circumstances, those were the correct choices, regardless of the final outcome.

My one regret in all this is that all my time in public eye has been very divisive because that’s the nature of elections where you have to distinguish yourself from your opponent, particularly when you are trying to be “the first”, both as a Russian and as a Republican, which upsets a lot of the traditional political balance.

I wish I had the chance to work without the divisiveness of elections. The one article I enjoyed the most about myself featured a quote from a CUNY professor who said I wasn’t just a Russian Senator, I tried to work for everyone in my brief tenure. I wish I could’ve done more of that – help my neighbors, regardless of their ethnicity, political affiliation or even if they like me or not.

And now things will go back to normal. I will go back to being a lawyer. Brooklyn Democrats won’t have to worry about getting re-elected. Brooklyn Republicans will go back to being a small debating society. Everything makes sense to everyone again.

After we requested clarification on whether or not this means he was done with politics, Storobin was unequivocal:

“Yes, I have no intention of ever running for office again,” he wrote.

If this is the end of the line for Storobin’s political career, it was a brief but historic stint. Storobin made his mark as the first Russian-American to sit in the State Senate, a distinction he won after an uphill campaign in a 2012 special election, taking on one of the city’s most powerful politicians, Councilman Lew Fidler. The victory was an upset, and seen by observers as an indicator of a Republican resurgence emerging in Southern Brooklyn.

Unfortunately for Storobin, his two subsequent campaigns, one to take on Simcha Felder for the “Super Jewish” district last year, and this year’s run for City Council, did not have the same success.

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  1. On election day I strongly objected to Storobin’s van consistently making loud noise to get out the vote for him. At first, in the morning, I thought it was a Chaim Deutsch noise machine as I thought I heard “vote for Chaim Deutsch” until I realized the voice was shouting “DON’T Vote for Chaim Deutsch”! I wasn’t sure I was even going to vote for anyone for that office until I heard that. An Abomination! That van circled my neighborhood ALL day, morning, noon & night. It was very offensive to me & Storobin was the only candidate doing this. He should have been cited by the police for the loudness. I was able to hear it clearly blocks away, & when it was on my block it was deafening. Storobin has no class at all to permit this terrible behavior in his name.

  2. “I wish I had the chance to work without the divisiveness of elections.” One of the pesky inconveniences of democracy.

  3. I took his advice. I didn’t vote for Deutsch. I didn’t vote for Storobin either. In fact, I didn’t vote for any of the candidates listed for City Council.

  4. I appreciate Mr. Storobin’s reflection. But he was far less graceful
    during both of his campaigns. Sheepsheadbites’ own reporting chronicles
    his decidedly harsh and extreme tone, often verging on racial ostracism
    and Islamophobia. The political divisiveness
    he speaks of was, to a large extent, seeded by his own campaign. To
    someone like me—a Russian-speaking Brooklynite and his former
    constituent—being the first Russian-speaking State Senator is only a
    virtue if all your constituents are included and given voice, not just
    those who speak the same language or share your religious faith. The
    emerging cadre of Russian leaders, particularly those who ran in these
    city and state elections, continue to lose because they have yet to
    transcend ethnic politics in an increasingly diverse borough.

  5. Worry not about Storobin’s future. It is more likely than Earth will be hit be a massive asteroid than young David does not run for public office. Both are likely to happen.

  6. This is possibly the best news to come out of this election!

    Look, David seems like a nice enough guy one on one, and many of my friends who helped with his campaign had a lot of good things to say about him, but the fact is that in public he came off slimy and self-serving. I think Steven Volynets hit the nail on the head with this comment.

    David – I wanted to vote for you. I really did. So many of my friends are huge supporters of you. An organization I hold close to my heart backed you. You were the first Russian-American to hold a state office. I even agreed with you on many issues. But there was just something about your campaign that made it seem like you were a total puppet who was willing to give control of his strings to anyone who would pay. You alined yourself with the sleaziest people in our community, had fundraisers in their homes, and when asked about local issues you would go into random tirades about national issues that had nothing to do with the position you were running for. I think you’re probably a great guy who got suckered into this election by people who needed “their guy” in office. Unfortunately, even though I’m glad you’ve come to your senses and realized that what you were doing did not feel “normal” to you, in the process I think you’ve lost the respect of a fair chunk of our community. The campaign was indeed “divisive”, but it didn’t seem to be so because of the other candidates, it seemed that way because of you and your supporters. I suspect that few of these decisions were yours, and that you were just the face of the campaign, but in the end your face is the one which has been muddied. I wish you success in the future, but please stay off my ballot.

  7. It seems you couldn’t refute a single point he made, which makes it seem like you’re the one missing a clue

  8. Whatever his worth was individually, at least he temporarily broke the virtual one-party system here. One party systems, be they Democratic, Republican, or Whig, make for a hotbed of corruption.

  9. Politicians have been doing this for decades in this city, regardless of party affiliation. It is what it is.

  10. Mr. Volynets.
    It is my understanding, and please correct me if I am wrong, that you are of Jewish decent and an islamophile?

  11. It’s very good to know.
    I can assure you are not alone in doing so.
    I however was interested in other matters.
    I gather you choose not to answer my question.
    is the above conjecture correct?

  12. Nooo, It’s not that Mr. Volynetz.
    You are simply afraid to answer the truth.
    And I commend you for that.
    Apperently you still have a minimal amount of grey matter left in your skull to realize that should you had given me a positive answer you would have come across as a monumental putz, pardon my Yiddish.


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