By COLlive reporter
A day before the Democratic Primary in New York, the Chabad-Lubavitch movement is being drawn in to the mix – against its will.
The campaign of Rubain Dorancy, running to be the Democratic nominee for New York State Senate’s 20th district, distributed a promotional flyer titled “Crown Heights Jewish Community United for Rubain Dorancy.”
The image that appears with it is the annual group photo of the Kinus Hashluchim, the international convention of Chabad Rabbis, taken on the backdrop of Lubavitch World Headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn.
“Proud to have the support of so many in the #CrownHeights @Chabad community. All our communities matter,” @Dorancy4Senate wrote on Twitter on Sunday night.
The tweet didn’t get much attention, but the flyer with the same photo was said to be distributed to many Jewish homes in the neighborhood.
On Monday, Lubavitch World Headquarters sent the following statement to COLlive.com:
“It is a long standing policy that Lubavitch World Headquarters does not endorse political candidates for any political office.
“It has come to our attention that political campaign literature has been circulated using a photo of Chabad Lubavitch emissaries against the backdrop of Lubavitch World Headquarters.
This was done without our knowledge and authorization.”
Dorancy, 43, a former a public school administrator, has the backing of Mayor Bill de Blasio, U.S. Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and her mother Una Clarke, former City Council member, who are both locally influential.
His opponent is Jesse Hamilton, 51, an attorney and former city tax assessor, is endorsed by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams who held the seat for 7 years.
The Democratic Primary is Tuesday, September 9.
The 20th District which covers Crown Heights, parts of Brownsville, Prospect Heights, Gownaus, Boro Park and Flatbush’s Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Running for the Republican ticket is Mendy Raitport, a Jewish meat store owner.
UPDATE (2:54 PM Eastern Time):
COLlive.com was told that Rubain Dorancy had a phone conversation with Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, Chairman of Merkos L’inyonei Chinuch and administrator of Lubavitch World Headquarters.
“Rubain just called Rabbi Krinsky to personally apologize for the misuse of the kinus hashluchim picture,” said a person involved in the matter.