“I think they’re just trying to sell hate”
The latest piece of campaign literature to come out of the District 12 County Legislature race contains an error that some say really isn’t an error at all.
Sent out by Preserve Ramapo in support of Airmont Trustee Joseph Meyers, the back side of the glossy mailing talks of Legislator Patrick Withers’ support from Ramapo Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence, former Assemblyman Ryan Karben and Legislator Ilan Schoenberger, D-New Square.
Schoenberger has never lived in New Square. He lives in Wesley Hills and has since the early 1980s. The village of New Square is included in his legislative district.
That was not a mistake on the mailing, he said.
“I think it’s an attempt on their part to appeal to the people who are anti-Semitic,” he said.
I’ve tried to reach Preserve Ramapo Chairman Robert Rhodes, but my phone message wasn’t immediately returned. I’ll update once I hear from him.
UPDATE: Rhodes said that he knows Schoenberger lives in Wesley Hills, “but he has always been the representative from New Square.”
When I told him about Schoenberger’s comments that the mistake appealed to anti-Semitic supporters, Rhodes said he was “full of [doody.]” Except he didn’t say “doody.” Sorry- it’s a family newspaper.
Rhodes also said that Schoenberger has made a career out of calling his opponents anti-Semitic.
Withers, D-Suffern, and Meyers are vying for the Democratic nomination for District 12. The primary is Sept. 18.