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New Candidate Seeks Republican Nomination for NY Congressional 9th District
Press Release | June 25, 2011 | Steve Schiffman

Posted on 06/26/2011 11:03:00 AM PDT by SteveSchiffman


Steve Schiffman Enters GOP Congressional 9th District Nomination Race

June 25, 2011: BROOKLYN, New York. Long time Brooklyn-Queens resident, lawyer/entrepreneur-turn-diplomat, Steven Mitchell Schiffman, 62, is announcing his candidacy to seek the GOP’s Congressional nomination for the 9th District special election scheduled for later this year.

“I see this as a unique opportunity to contribute to the well-being of our local community; applying my extensive practical experience in building businesses, advising and consulting with foreign leaders and governments; and the promotion of human dignity”, said Mr. Schiffman.

Holder of both a Master’s (LLM) degree in International Economic Law from the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, Steve Schiffman has spent the last two decades working with both the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in places such as Afghanistan, West and Southern Africa, and former Soviet Union, improving the lives of the less advantaged through economic development and jobs creation as well as promoting women and minority rights and fighting corruption.

A Forest Hills-born “native son”, Steve Schiffman is confident that his strong sense of volunteerism, pro-Israel activism, and his unique blend of both domestic and international experience in Washington, DC, Israel, the West Bank, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Cape Verde, Zambia, Armenia, China, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Indonesia, among others, will garner sufficient popular voter support not only to win the Republican nomination for the 9th Congressional district, but to eventually provide a GOP general election victory.

Campaigning to win the nomination and eventual general election on the theme of: Pragmatism, Integrity, and Moral Values, Schiffman strengths include his ability in consensus building -- while maintaining core principles. “Among those I admire for having such traits include: Ronald Reagan, Joseph Lieberman, and John McCain”, noted Schiffman.

“The voters of Brooklyn and Queens have a unique opportunity to send a message to both President Obama and the Congress of the United States that the status quo in Washington, DC is plainly unacceptable,” declared Mr. Schiffman.

“Congress and the Administration must focus on ‘fair play for its citizens’”, added Schiffman. In this context, Schiffman believes that “family core values” are at risk and that a new commitment to the family unit is needed, while recognizing the hardships of single working parents.

This election, believes Schiffman, will be about local concerns of the district’s local needs: the need to jump-start our weak economy; the need to stimulate meaningful and sustainable jobs creation; the need to advocate for a balanced, equitable and fair tax system; the need to ensure a sustainable and affordable Medicare health care system – “especially for our must vulnerable, that being our senior citizens”; and the need to guarantee the continued public support for the security of Israel, “our only and true democratic ally in the Middle East”.

“Given the continued threat of such terrorist groups as Hamas and Hezbollah”, explained Schiffman, “funded in part by Iran, we must vocally advocate America’s support of Israel and against those who wish to eliminate the Jewish State”.

What is the “end game” for Mr. Schiffman, if he is successful at winning the nomination and the general election?

“To advocate and legislate social and economic policies that create meaningful and sustainable well-paying job while at the same time provide for appropriate tax cuts and credits to provide relief to the over-burdened “middle class” while protecting our homes and streets by strengthening the fight against international (and domestic) terrorism”, concluded Schiffman.


Editor’s note: Steve Schiffman will be making himself available for local speaking engagements as well as to the local media to explain his positions on the important issues facing the people of Brooklyn and Queens.

To arrange news interview: +1 718 382 6075

TOPICS: New York; U.S. Congress

1 posted on 06/26/2011 11:03:03 AM PDT by SteveSchiffman
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The Cook PVI for the 9th is only D+5, and the district has been trending Republican. I really do not know how someone like Weiner has continued to stay there. The right Republican could win the district if enough of an investment is put into it. I don’t know how much that would be worth considering they are probably going to eliminate it, but it might have great symbolic value for a conservative Republican to take the “progressive” psychopath Anthony Weiner’s seat.

2 posted on 06/26/2011 11:13:32 AM PDT by RecoveringPaulisto
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To: RecoveringPaulisto; SteveSchiffman; neverdem; randita; perfect_rovian_storm; Impy; ...

Even in the unlikely event that Republicans win this district, it’ll probably be eliminated in redistricting. At the same time, this would give Republicans leverage to eliminate an upstate New York DemocRAT’s district.

3 posted on 06/26/2011 11:32:01 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens collect welfare checks that Americans won't collect)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Sounds like a promising candidate and someone who would be well known to the community. I wish him great success. It would give the NY GOP a psychological boost to pick this one up esp. after losing Lee’s seat.

4 posted on 06/26/2011 12:50:09 PM PDT by randita
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To: Clintonfatigued
If a Republican won, they'd probably be a 1-termer due to the RATs either redistricting the seat to make it safe RAT, or eliminating it outright. That being said, it would be great PR for us ("GOP captures Anthony Weiner's former seat") to counter balence the RATS gloating about winning NY-26 and falsely claiming it was a repuditation of the GOP's policies. They'd really hate having a geninue Republican winning a seat based in the heart of NYC. Also, I'm pretty sure we could elect a decent conservative who would vote reliably on important bills, and every votes helps going into November 2012.

We should pretty much use their NY-26 formula in reverse. I seriously think a pro-Palestianian leftist on the Green Party line or similar third party would divide the RAT vote enough to give us an opening. The district is about 40% Republican, more than enough to win a 3-way race. We need to make sure there's more than one visible liberal candidate on the ballot. So far, I haven't seem any serious effort to make this happen. I'm sure someone can be wooed into running as a third party candidate.

5 posted on 06/26/2011 12:55:27 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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Nice press release, Steve. Wish you the best, but I presume the GOP nomination is under the control of the party organization since it's a special election and there will be no primary.

What other Republicans do you think are interested in the seat and when is the decision on the nominee scheduled?

6 posted on 06/26/2011 5:25:59 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: BillyBoy

McCain got 45% of the vote in the district to Obama’s 55, and Weiner’s opponent got 40% in 2010. It could very well go GOP under the right circumstances. If there is a third party bid from the left, that would increase the odds of a GOP victory tremendously.

7 posted on 06/26/2011 5:38:42 PM PDT by RecoveringPaulisto
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To: justiceseeker93

Andy Sullivan.

8 posted on 06/26/2011 9:39:07 PM PDT by OddLane
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