Rev. El-Yateem’s fundraising numbers shows a very big footprint --- Well, at least among a lot of Arabs, who look like they have addresses inside the 43rd Council District
newcomer to local politics, like Nader
El-Yateem, makes a lot of “rookie”
mistakes --- but, this time, this rookie looks like he’s
doing many things right
The Reverend Nader Al-Yateem’s top showing in the candidate fund raising sweepstakes, thus far, has earned him some of that campaign Milk and Honey that I often talk about, “Earned Media”…..
Here’s some of that earned media from the Brooklyn Eagle and Paula Katinas: “Rev. Khader El-Yateem may be a political newcomer, but he is proving to be a prodigious fundraiser, according to figures released by the New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB), which showed that he has garnered more financial support than any other candidate running for the City Council seat representing the Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights area…. Figures released by CFB showed that El-Yateem, the pastor of Salaam Arabic Lutheran Church in Bay Ridge and a first-time candidate for public office, has raised an impressive $81,611…. El-Yateem, a Democrat, said the CFB figures demonstrate that there is widespread, grass-roots support for his candidacy….” (See “Rev. El-Yateem leads council field in campaign fundraising” by Pala Katinas, 3/20/17, The Brooklyn Eagle [http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2017/3/20/rev-el-yateem-leads-council-field-campaign-fundraising]).
Here's how Nader Al Yateem described his financial supporters: “We raised this money without the support of PACs, special interest groups or big corporations. My donors are deli owners, cab drivers, health professionals, teachers, parents and students, who are investing in a new political reality where all people in our district can thrive and live with dignity….”
When Nader El-Yateem says “… that there is widespread, grass-roots support for [my] candidacy…” --- he must mean widespread, grass-roots support for his candidacy from Arabs, because that’s what his numbers to the NYCCFB actually show.
Nonetheless, if that Arab grass-roots support translates into equivalently impressive signatures on petitions and votes on Primary Day, then the Reverend Yader El-Yateem phenomenon will mean that there has been real political change in Bay Ridge --- and everybody needs to hope for the best.