If the RINOs and Tyrannosaurus-Reps are looking for a role model (which of course these spineless mealy-mouthed cowards are not), they need look no further than David Storobin.
Here's the latest status report on the Sheepshead Bay Muslim Brotherhood mega-mosque.
The reporter on this story is writing in dhimmi-speak, but you get the picture -- I emphasized the adjectives that makes this report more of an oped from an Islamic supremacist apologist.
"Storobin: Mosque can be a security concern Brooklyn" Brooklyn Daily, July 25, 2012
State Sen. David Storobin has joined the hopeless fight against a mosque being built in Sheepshead Bay — a battle that’s been repeatedly quashed in the courts and has left political insiders believing that the newly minted legislator is more concerned with winning votes than helping mosque opponents.
Storobinfired off a letter to Mayor Bloomberg last week, claiming that the house of worship is thumbing its nose at city laws and threatens its neighbors’ lives.
“This may pose a danger to public safety,” Storobin (R—Brighton Beach) wrote as he bashed the city for allowing work on a house of worship continue.
Yet political insiders say[note say - not 'claim' as in the previous paragraph - Atlas] Storobin is using the mosque fight to strengthen his image as a right-wing conservative — something that will help him in the race for a new Midwood district peopled with conservative Orthodox Jews.
“He thinks being further to the right is more helpful to him in getting elected than being for diversity is,” said political analyst Hank Sheinkopf. “Will it matter ultimately? No.”
Wrong, it will help him enormously. Elected officials are supposed to look out for their constituents; that's why they get elected. D'oh.
Storobin refuted Sheinkopf’s allegations, saying he’s more interested that the law is being followed.
“I just want to make sure that the concerns of the citizens are answered,” he said. “The opposition isn’t to who is building it, but to what is being built.”
Storobin’s letter discussed a variety of issues regarding the Islamic religious center, [why can'including the fact that it will accommodate between 200 to 300 people at a time while providing no parking. With prayers occurring five times a day, the mosque could see 1,500 people per day, Storobin claims.
The letter closes with concerns over the mosque’s backer, The Muslim American Society. Storobin said the organization has been the subject of numerous federal investigations due to its alleged support of Hamas and Hezbollah, which are listed as terrorist organizations by the US State Department.
The reporter does no inquiry of his own. The Muslim American Society is the public face of the Muslim Brotherhood. "Alleged" support -- their support is well documented.
Members of the Bay People, who have been fighting the construction of the mosque since owner Ahmed Allowey bought the single-home property it sits on near Nostrand Avenue, and have lost numerous court battles to have the project quashed — cheered Storobin’s intervention.
“He understands the needs of his neighbors,” said Bay People spokesman Victor Benari. “He’s strongly against this construction, and against this organization.”
Mosque leaders feel that Storobin is risking his political future by backing the Bay People.
“Some [politicians] want to take the risk to please some people in the neighborhood, but it will come back to haunt them,” said Allowey. “Any opposition he faces down the line will bring this up. ”
Storobin is not the first politician to act on behalf of the Bay People: Borough President Markowitz sent a letter to the mayor in regards to the Sheepshead Bay Mosque, highlighting the group’s concerns. Rep. Bob Turner (R–Sheepshead Bay) met with members of the Bay People and sent letters asking the Department of Buildings to intercede on the group’s behalf, Benari says.
Opponents say that traffic and parking are their driving concerns in demanding that the mosque close, but the tenor of their rallies has been more anti-Islamic rather than anti-congestion.
Neighbors protesting the mosque often held signs reading, “Islam not welcome here,” “New York is not Islamabad” and “Do not forget 9-11!”