Apparently Bob Friedrich is still smarting from his loss to David Weprin in last month's special election to fill the vacant seat in the 24th Assembly District. Admittedly, it's been a rough couple of months for Friedrich, who lost to David's brother Mark Weprin last November in a City Council race. To make matters even worse, it has the appearance that the Weprin brothers were beating up on Friedrich: the race for the Assembly was to replace Mark Weprin, who left the Assembly to replace his brother David - the new assemblyman - in the City Council.
In both elections, Friedrich, a registered Democrat, ran on the Republican line.
And Friedrich is still smarting over a mailer that David Weprin sent out during the campaign that criticized Friedrich for being soft on hate crimes. What really got under Friedrich's skin, however, was that the mailer featured a Nazi Swastika. And now, nearly a month after the election, Friedrich hasn't let the issue go.
On Monday night, he appeared before the Northeast Queens Jewish to deliver a speech asking the group to denounce the mailer as vicious hate speech. It was going to be a tough crowd for Friedrich - Corey Bearak is the chairman of the group and he also ran Weprin's campaign, and Jack Friedman is the president. Oh yeah, did we mention that he also used to be David Weprin's chief of staff while he was a member of the City Council? We're tracking down more on the evening's events, and will bring them to you next week.
Friedrich also plans to make an appearance before Community Board 8 on Wednesday night (after this paper goes to press) to ask the members of that board to denounce the mailer, as well, details of which we'll bring you next week also.
Perhaps Friedrich really is disturbed that his name was loosely associated with a symbol of hate, and his motive here is to clear his name and unite the community. Again, perhaps. Another possibility is that he is planning to challenge Weprin again this November, and is laying the groundwork for an eventual campaign, one that paints Weprin as a hate-mongerer who divided the community. It's your call.