The office Republican Sen. David Storobin, who is running for re-election in the new so-called “Super Jewish” district this November, sent out this photo of the Brooklyn lawmaker standing atop a tank and holding a military gun at the Syria/Israel border.


Senator David Storobin (R-Brooklyn, on the left) today visited with General Shmulik Olansky (center), a 3-star general in charge of the Golan Heights Armor Division, directly on the Syrian border in a hostile region,” the press release that accompanied the photo states.

“The senator is on an official state visit approved by the Defense Minister of Israel. To the right is the Senator’s Chief of Staff, Paul Gullo.

Storobin won a special election this year for the seat vacated by disgraced former Sen. Carl Kruger after he pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges.

He defeated a candidate the Democrats thought would be a sure thing in the Democrat-dominated district, NYC Councilman Lew Fidler, surprising a lot of people – including his new Senate GOP colleagues, who were so certain he wouldn’t win that they proposed a redistricting plan that eliminated his district.

Now Storobin is determined to stick around in Albany.

He’s likely to face former Democratic NYC Councilman Simcha Felder, who has some very close alliances with Republicans, although Felder first has to win a primary against 21-year-old Abraham Tischler.

In 2010 Tischler ran for Felder’s NYC Council seat, which Felder vacated to go work for NYC Comptroller John Liu not long after winning re-election in 2009, but was removed from the ballot due to a lack of legal petition signatures after being challenged by the eventual winner, NYC Councilman David Greenfield. (This line has been edited for accuracy – thanks Gatemouth!)

That has put Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos in a bit of an awkward position, but Storobin doesn’t seem to care.

The Jewish vote is very important in this part of Brooklyn – hence, the Israel trip.

“Israel shares a border and a region with multiple dangerous countries,” Storobin said. “Thank G-d for the brave men and women in the Israeli armed services that stare down this danger to protect Israel every day.”

According to Storobin’s office, the senator met yesterday with Limor Livnat, the Israeli Minister of Culture, to discuss Storobin’s (unheeded) call for the International Olympic Committee to pay tribute to the Israeli athletes killed at the 1972 Games in Munich.

The Politicker reports Storobin isn’t the only Republican candidate in Israel at the moment. NYC Councilman Dan Halloran, who is running against Democratic Assemblywoman Grace Meng in NY-6, is also there.