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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Playing Ethnic Politics

Saw this ad in Hamodia as well as the Yated over Shabbos, and I'd meaning to post it as soon as I got to the office (home scanner's on the fritz), but Ben beat me to it. It was quite an interesting pitch for Eliot Spitzer's gubernatorial candidacy, one clearly aimed at the Orthodox and Charedi segment of New York voters. The ad copy reads in part:
Rejecting a job applicant or firing an employee because he's Shomer Shabbos is illegal - yet Sears Roebuck rejected Kalman Katz, and Virgin Atlantic Airways fired Avraham Abada.

Firing a barber because he wears a yarmulka is illegal - yet Jean Louis David fired Eliezer Katanov.

Penalizing a student because she refuses to dress immodestly is illegal - yet the New York College for Osteopathic Medicine punished Dina Loketch.

What stopped these injustices was New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer.
It also includes a photo (above) of a Chassidic Jew with beard and long curly sidelocks, wearing a work uniform emblazoned with the nametag "Kalman". The copy includes plugs from Agudath Israel and The Orthodox Union praising him for his record in fighting for the rights of Sabbath observers. With the full-page ad placed in Ultra-Orthodox publications, his campaign is certainly playing to right audience in this particular case - as opposed to some mishaps that I recall another area candidate encountering when he tried to play the ethnic politics game a few months back.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The front runner does not have to worry

11:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Standard fare in any election season. You should see what is going on in Spanish media.

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't believe you still read Yated...

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can Kalman even read English?

11:53 AM  
Anonymous gross said...


It's your blog but I think you shoud delete the above comment from 11:53 AM

11:01 PM  
Blogger blogRfactor said...

I wonder who within the Spitzer camp thought of this ad - whether you agree or disagree with its contents - you have to admit that its a great piece of political campaigning

11:27 PM  
Blogger orthomom said...

Anonymous said...

Can't believe you still read Yated...

Are you kidding? Some of the best blogging comes from its pages. How could I resist?

2:18 AM  
Blogger SephardiLady said...

Yated is my yetzer hara too. It provides at least bi-weekly blog fodder. . . and I only get the email version.

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you read hamodia and yated

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey ortho if kalman was calvin would you bother with this post or is it your thing for chassidim that gets you all going?

5:40 PM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Avraham Abada is a impersonator!!! He is not shomer shabbos and he never was. He used this as an excuse to sue the airline industry to get some money from them since he was not employed at the time because he was fired.

He unfortunately was able to win over $115,000 dollars in his lawsuit against his former employer by lying and using the religion card. Lets get it straight!!! He was never religious nor shomer shabbos! Avraham Abada is a fake and liar.

Since, I worked with him and the Human Resource department, he was never a good employee. He was not able to adapt to the job and had a hard time getting along with his co workers.

Since, I worked with Virgin Airlines HR the truth must come out to all people who think they know him. Terrible employee, can't get along with anyone, and a absolute fake.

Furthermore, I would like everyone in the airline industry and outside to know that he is GAY!!! Even though he has denied this because he said he was a Frum Jew. This is not true. We determined that he had a improper relationship with another male employee. Avraham Abada was engaged in homosexual sex in the airport and his employer got wind of this and didn't want to be sued. So they got rid of him for this reason. And this is the truth about Avraham Abada. I would not be surprised if he engaged in kiddie porn or sexual contact.

Please be aware of Avraham Abada.

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