2010-05-28 / Top Stories

Taub Bids To Beat Meeks For Senate Seat

Says Congressman Vulnerable On Record, Health Care
By Howard Schwach

Asher Taub believes that this is the year that Congressional Democrats are vulnerable and he will challenge Congressman Gregory Meeks in November. Asher Taub believes that this is the year that Congressional Democrats are vulnerable and he will challenge Congressman Gregory Meeks in November. One would think that Asher Taub would think twice about challenging Congressman Gregory Meeks for the 6th District House of Representative seat that the incumbent has held for a dozen years.

After all, Taub, who lives in Kew Gardens, is a Republican running in a heavily Democratic-registration district.

He is an Orthodox Jew running in a district that is heavily minority and where black Representatives have reigned for nearly 20 years.

And, he is a novice politician running against a savvy political professional.

Despite all that, Taub told The Wave on Monday that he expects to win the seat.

“What’s going on in Congress is ridiculous,” Taub told The Wave in an interview on Monday. “We can’t control our deficits, we are beholden to China and our kids and grandkids are going to pay for Congress’ mistakes.”

“The voters are really upset with the Democratic incumbents and that, coupled with all the investigations that Meeks has drawn, make him vulnerable to a challenge this year.”

Taub sees several areas in which, he believes, Meeks and the Democratic Congress have angered voters. “Nobody is happy with [Congress] and the Democratic majority in the areas of health care and fiscal responsibility,” he said. “Local Democrats are not happy with Meeks specifically for all the

things for which he is being investigated.” Taub pointed to the investigations into the non-profit New Direction Community Development Corporation and the NOAH-F Katrina charity as well as the scandal over the Aqueduct Racino as areas where Meeks has angered locals.

It is the recently-passed health care reform bill, however, that will be his major campaign issue. “That health care bill will bankrupt New York City,” he said. “It will cost us 5 billion in 2011 and 10 billion in 2012.”

Taub, who is a personal injury attorney with an office in Brooklyn, says he speaks with doctors all the time, many of them his relatives. He has come up with his own personal health care reform package that includes a law that would move the bar for personal injury lawsuits from standard negligence to reckless- ness. “Right there, you could knock down health care premiums 40 percent,” he said, adding that premiums now go up every year. He would also mandate that those who receive Medicaid could not sue a doctor for malpractice.

“Doctors are not God,” he said. “They are human and make mistakes. Tort reform is critical.”

Other issues of interest are energy dependence (plant 100 square miles in the desert with solar panels, and you can provide electricity for the entire nation) and his opponent’s morals (there are so many grand juries, he might be in jail before the election, and then what can he do for the community?) Taub does not know whether his religion will help him or harm him in the 6th Congressional District.

“It will help in some areas and harm me in others,” he said, adding that his mother’s father left Poland ahead of the bandits and settled in Cali, Columbia.

“Technically,” he says with a laugh, “my mother, who was born there, is Hispanic, making me Hispanic as well.” All in all, Taub, who already has the Republican line and is awaiting the Conservative line, believes that, despite the drawbacks, he expects to beat Meeks in November.

“I wouldn’t be in this if I didn’t believe I could win,” he concluded. “I believe that this is the year.”

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Good luck Taub. NY can do

Good luck Taub. NY can do much better than Meeks who is presently under investigation for corruption.

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