In a social media post responding to a fundraising campaign by U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), fellow New York Democrat Dov Hikind didn’t hold back.
What’s the story there?
Hikind has been a New York State Assemblyman since 1983, so he’s no stranger to the political game. But since announcing that he will soon be retiring from public office, the public servant evidently felt he had nothing to lose by telling his own party how he really feels.
The Brooklyn lawmaker took offense to a solicitation for donations made by Schumer.
On Thursday, Hikind posted a laundry list of issues on Facebook that he says Schumer “forgot” to mention in the mailer that was sent out.
Assemblyman Hikind begins by saying that his response to the minority leader’s plea for contributions is: “HELL NO!”
Hikind then spells out a litany of glaring omissions in the mailer, such as how well the economy has been performing, and how much the U.S. relationship with Israel has improved. He also criticized Schumer for his efforts to “fully villainize the current administration.”
Some real zingers fired by Hikind are in the closing of the lengthy post, where he fires at Schumer: “You ask for a contribution, but the Democratic Party — which I am a lifelong member of — is currently betraying the ideals that our party once stood for: American values.
“You yourself proposed that Representative [Keith] Ellison head the party, but you must surely know that Ellison has stood with our nation’s leading hate monger Louis Farrakhan.
“Senator Schumer, as a fellow Democrat, I ask you to work to restore sanity and honestly to our party so that I can feel good about supporting it fully. Until then, I’m afraid the Republicans have my support.”