Same as the Old Dov

Borough Park Assemblyman Dov Hikind: New and Improved?

Undaunted, the assemblyman is plowing ahead. His political action committee, Friends of Dov Hikind, has already raised more than $250,000 just for the upcoming election. But will that thwart his powerful enemies? During his trial, Hikind never hid his suspicion that Mayor Giuliani was behind his troubles, believing that the mayor engineered the investigation after the two parted ways over the 1994 gubernatorial race. The animosity toward Mayor Giuliani is still there. They do not speak, according to Hikind ("but that may be changing soon," he adds), and he frowns on the prospect of Giuliani in the Senate, noting how even his own conservative constituents are tired of the mayor's dictatorial style. "He's done a decent job as mayor, but I'm absolutely not excited about him running for the Senate," Hikind says. "I don't think people like this mayor at all. People look forward to a period when he's not around, when there's less confrontation."

And yet, Hikind has printed 10,000 buttons urging the First Lady not to run. It's not HRC's support for a Palestinian state that bothers him— not only does Israel's new prime minister support a two-state solution, he admits, but even the Israeli lobby has conceded the issue— it's what Hikind calls her "love affair" with PLO chairman Yasir Arafat that irks him so. "Arafat must be dealt with, but let's not forget who he is," the onetime JDL activist says. Continuing with the sexual metaphors, he adds, "I mean, you don't have to go to bed with him, which is what Hillary has done."

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