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Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer tours Borough Park, buys religious books at Eichler’s

By Mason White 5:28 PM August 19, 2013
Eliot Spitzer at Eichler’s 

By: Shifra Unger
(Scroll down for video) The Borough Park section of Brooklyn, New York welcomed a high profile mayoral candidate last week.

Wearing a yarmulke and a wide smile, the former governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer, stopped by the neighborhood on Friday, visiting two businesses and even purchased prayer books for the upcoming Jewish New Year holiday.

Spitzer met with local leaders for several hours, trying to peel away Orthodox Jewish votes from his opponent, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who, like Spitzer, is Jewish. Although raised in a secular home, Spitzer made every effort to convey to Jewish voters and the press that he was still in touch with his Jewish roots.

“It’s in my blood, literally and figuratively. My heritage is in the Jewish community,” Spitzer said while standing on 13th Avenue, a main business street in Borough Park. “I’m not as religious as people in Borough Park, but being Jewish is essentially part of my structure of values ​​and what I believe. That is why I’m in public service,” Spitzer said.