Ezra Friedlander, head of the Friedlander group, has joined the Christine Quinn campaign for mayor as a key advisor on Jewish outreach, YWN has learned.
Recently, Mr. Friedlander took the role of being the first Orthodox Jew to publicly endorse Christine Quinn for mayor. In an Op-Ed on one of the leading news sites, Ezra explained the reason he decided to back Quinn for mayor and why the Orthodox Jewish community should follow suit.
“I couldn’t be more proud to welcome Ezra to the team,” Ms. Quinn said in a statement released. “He is a tireless advocate for the Jewish community and will bring an unparalleled wealth of knowledge to our campaign. His presence will be invaluable and a key component for our path to victory.”
Friedlander stated, “I am thrilled to be joining the Quinn team and look forward to getting Chris elected the next Mayor of the City of New York. I know that Chris will continue to have a positive impact on the future of our city and bring more great opportunities to the Jewish community. She is the right kind of candidate we need–she delivers results, has years of experience, is honest, dependable, and has shown me that she understands and can work with the Jewish Community. I am confident that she will continue to do so and look forward to serving as the bridge between the community and the campaign.”
Ms. Quinn, according to sources who have spoken to YWN, has been courting key figures within the Orthodox Jewish community, in Brooklyn, for quite a while. The most recent incident in which Hatzolah saved the day for Ms. Quinn and the lower than expected support for the ‘Two Bill’s’ (Thompson and de Blasio) at this point in the race may have attributed to Ms. Quinn’s decision to compete for the Jewish vote, in hope of rebounding to first place in a possible runoff.
In the most recent poll on the mayoral race, conducted by Siena Research, Christine Quinn is in the lead with 28% of the Jewish Vote, Anthony Weiner at a steady 20%, and the two Bills, who are considered more favorable among Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn, are tied for third place.
(Jacob Kornbluh – YWN)