Monday, May 08, 2006

Eliot Spitzer - in Satmar heat

ROL: Eliot Spitzer might not have realized what he was stepping into when he paid a condolence visit April 30 in Brooklyn to Zalmen Teitelbaum.....The problem was that he failed to call also on Aron Teitelbaum, Zalmen’s older brother and rival for the Satmar throne.The next day, both New York City tabloids speculated about whether the attorney general and would-be governor had snubbed Aron.Spitzer representatives told the Daily News it was a harmless oversight: They thought Aron was at home in Kiryas Joel, rather than in Williamsburg, when Spitzer met with Zalmen. They were said to be trying to set up a separate meeting with Aron. But some Aron supporters concluded that Spitzer’s chief of staff, Richard Baum, who supported Kiryas Joel’s anti-Aron dissidents a decade ago as Democratic minority leader of the Orange County Legislature, had steered his boss to Zalmen alone.........
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