Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst and Bath Beach need to wake up and smell the coffee --- a new majority governing coalition is FORMING --- it just might win in 2017
Not only do the latest tea leaves, polling trends, and animal entrails show that it’s “LAST HURRAH” time for the GOP and Conservative Party in Brooklyn --- traditional local Democrats like Abbate, Brannan and Carroll might also be headed to an “ELEPHANTS GRAVEYARD” of their very own
According to a report that recently appeared in the Brooklyn Eagle --- The Reverend Yhader El Yateem is clearly looking past the upcoming Democrat Primary --- AND --- He has a plan to win, or at least contend for, Republican-leaning voters in November
A few days ago, Paula Katinas, writing for the Brooklyn Eagle, said that: “Rev. Khader El-Yateem, the first Palestinian-American to run for the City Council seat representing Bay Ridge, appears to be shaking up the race for more reasons than just the historic nature of his candidacy, according to political observers, who said he is making notable efforts to differentiate himself from the rest of the Democratic field…. El-Yateem told members of the South Brooklyn Progressive Resistance at a forum the group held on April 18 that he was confident he could get Republicans to cross over and vote for him in the general election in November….” (See “El-Yateem boasts of ability to attract GOP voters” by Paula Katinas, 4/20/17, Brooklyn Daily Eagle [http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2017/4/20/el-yateem-boasts-ability-attract-gop-voters]).
DEMOCRATS MIGHT BE MORE UPSET AND/OR IMPRESSED THAN REPUBLICANS
This article prompted several of my regular team of Baker Street Irregulars to zip off E-mails with links to the Brooklyn Eagle-Khader article. Two of those “heads-up” deals were from a pair of Democrat wags, one is still quite active; the other is an old war horse, who has been very non-aligned lately.
The initial E-mail that came to me was from a well-known Democrat Party activist, and it contained this very interesting comment in the subject heading: “This guy is insane…. [clearly referring to candidate El-Yateem]. I can’t go into any more of what this operative’s insightful and inciting observations about the reverend-candidate are at the present time, because this faithful servant doesn’t want his identity or his current pre-primary activities and alliances to be revealed.
Another long-time Democrat who earlier had sent me the Khader-Brooklyn Eagle link, later on followed-up with an observation that was quite surprising. It was accompanied by this subject line: “Eagle: El-Yateem says he can get GOP votes…”. Furthermore, according to this often-quoted Democrat-leaning wag, "El-Yateem has nailed down the progressive Bernie Sanders vote which is all that counts in a democratic primary. Now El-Yateem is explaining how he can win the November election. Abbate, Justin and the others will never realize this till 10 pm on primary night.… In a primary whenever its one progressive against three political hacks the progressive wins….!!"
THE VENUE OF REV. KHADER EL-YATEEM'S REMARKS ABOUT GOP VOTERS DOES SEEM UNUSUAL --- BASED ON >>> WHERE AND TO WHOM <<< IT WAS SAID
That a given candidate might claim a special ability to obtain a significant number of cross-over votes is not unusual; in fact, it is almost pedestrian. However, in this instance, what makes this claim by the Reverend El-Yateem stand out is that it was made at a forum conducted by the >>>South Brooklyn Progressive Resistance <<<.....
It just isn't part of the normal political idiom to brag about the ability to attract conservative voters at a progressive event....
But that's part of what makes the Reverend-candidate El-Yateem >>> a candidate like we have never seen before.....