Edited by: TJVNews.com
As the nine-way race for Manhattan District Attorney continues to heat up, there is one candidate that stands out from the rest.
Tali Farhadian Weinstein, 45, arrived in the United States in 1979 as a 4-year-old, the daughter of Jewish parents from Iran who fled the revolution and applied for asylum, according to a New York Times report.
Having attended Yale Law School, Farhadian Weinstein was then offered clerkships with Merrick B. Garland, who was then a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court, as was reported by the New York Times. She even worked at the United States Department of Justice as an attorney under Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who remembers her as a fierce debater.
“She had really good judgment and the guts to challenge people at the Justice Department,” said Mr. Holder, who has endorsed Ms. Farhadian Weinstein, as was reported by the New York Times. “She was not a shrinking violet.”
In addition to working at the Department of Justice she also has experience working in a city prosecutor’s office. Having achieved the state of a Rhodes scholar, Farhadian Weinstein also have a formidable and quite impressive legal resume, as was reported by the New York Times.
Thus far, Farhadian Weinstein has been offered endorsements from prominent New Yorkers and has been able to raise significantly more campaign dollars than her opponents.
Farhadian Weinstein is married to Wall Street hedge fund manager, Boaz Weinstein and as a result, as of January of this year, she has raised $2.2 million. The NYT reported that hundreds of thousands of those dollars were donated by Wall Street titans and others in the financial sector.
As to Farhadian Weinstein’s positions on the issues that are being discussed in this important race, rather than taking the perspective (as her opponents are) that reforming laws focused on the reduction of prison sentences for convicted criminals, she has promulgated a more conservative position, according to the NYT report. She has expressed concern about rising crime statistics in New York City as well as the proliferation of illegal guns and the deleterious impact of drug related gangs, as was reported by the Times.
As is quite common in politics, Farhadian Weinstein’s opponents are balking about the sources of the money that she has raised thus fair. They have notably mentioned that the Manhattan district attorney’s has tremendous influence over a large number of financial crimes.
Speaking to the New York Times, Susan Lerner, the executive director of Common Cause New York, a government reform group said, “It’s very difficult to see how a Manhattan D.A. candidate can accept really large and numerous donations from people who are involved in industries who could easily be the subject of that office’s attention.”
For her part, Farhadian Weinstein has stated quite emphatically that the donations that she has received for her campaign from the financial sector will not hold sway on decisions she makes on cases that she will be prosecuting. She specifically said that she has not received significant donations from criminal defense attorneys in the city, according to the NYT report.
Speaking to the NYT, Farhadian Weinstein said, “Judge me on my record. I’ve gotten every job I’ve ever had on my own and I’ve never done a favor for anyone.”
The majority of the donations that Farhadian Weinstein has received have come from a relatively small group of donors from the hedge fund industry, as was reported by the NYT.
Among those who have contributed to her campaign are Bill Ackman, the founder of Pershing Square Capital Management, along with his wife. The couple have contributed $70,000 to her campaign, according to the Times report. Moreover, Citadel founder Kenneth Griffin gave Farhadian Weinstein $10,000, and his colleague Pablo Salame, the head of global credit at Citadel, donated $35,000, as was reported by the NYT.
Others who have made considerable campaign donations to Farhadian Weinstein include Zach Schreiber, the founder of yet another hedge fund known as PointeState Capital, as well as his wife. The Schreibers donated $70,800 and she also received $55,000 from Michael Novogratz and his wife. Novogratz is formerly of the Fortress Investment Group.
The money that Farhadian Weinstein has received will certainly afford her a formidable advantage in the race. According to the NYT, the race will most likely be decided by a narrow margin during the June Democratic primary.