From the Times Ledger:
Dozens of supporters of state Assembly candidate Bob Friedrich rallied Sunday afternoon in Little Neck to protest what they describe as hateful campaign literature opponent David Weprin sent out last week condemning Friedrich’s opposition to hate crime legislation as “extremist” and featuring a swastika.
The mailings, which went out to residents in the 24th Assembly District in northeastern Queens, came near the tail end of the campaign for Tuesday’s special election between Friedrich, a registered Democrat running on the Republican and Conservative lines, and former City Councilman David Weprin, a Democrat.
“Equating me with Nazi dogma is offensive to people of all religions,” he told the crowd, who waved anti-Weprin signs and chanted slogans in front of the Samuel Field YMCA. “Supporting hate crime laws and then using the same tactics those laws were supposed to suppress is extremism.”
But Weprin’s campaign manager, Corey Bearak, continued to defend the mailing, which he acknowledges having sent, with a solo press conference across the street immediately after the rally broke up.