Lander has endorsements, from among others, the New York Times, a host of labor unions, the Citizens Union, and the Working Families Party (WFP). Just today he got the nod from the Daily News.
The AY issue
Skaller's been a longtime opponent of Atlantic Yards--hence the support connected to DDDB.
On most issues, they're pretty close, as the Citizens Union notes. Lander makes a strong case to OTBKB that he has more experience on urban planning and neighborhood issues. Skaller sees himself as an activist more willing to take a stand, getting out front on issues like AY.
I've known Lander as a source for years and see him as capable. I don't think I've ever spoken to Skaller. Both have endorsements from people I respect.
A seemingly ancillary issue in the campaign, however, has pointed to the compromises candidates may make.
The issue came up during the September 5 episode of Hikind's radio show, a download of which is linked from Gatemouth's blog. The relevant action starts at about 38:50.
DH: "One of the things that boggles me is you being described by certain people... saying that you're anti-Israel."
BL: "I'm a Zionist. I'm a strong supporter of eretz Yisrael. I've been there twice... You go there, you get a real feel for what a wondrous place it is, and also for the perils that face people there, every day, from terrorist enemies, out to destroy the state."
DH: "How does it make you feel when people make these comments?"
BL: "It's painful, it's preposterous, it's a campaign. And more than a decade ago, I wrote a short piece, after my son's bris, that, as it was sort of published, doesn't well represent what I think, what I feel. It's very one-sided. It doesn't represent who I am or what I think. There's a much longer track record of my support for our people and my support for our state."
DH: "In politics, people will use anything they can.... I really look at Brad and say he's the kind of individual who really will be there for people at the end of the day."
That recalls the basketball star Charles Barkley, who famously claimed he was misquoted in his autobiography.
(Updated and clarified: Pointing out that many candidates fudge, I previously cited the question in the Brooklyn Paper, as to whether Skaller's wife is a "public school teacher" or someone who works for a private organization that provides services to public schools. Skaller's communications director responds that Kelly Skaller teaches at the Audubon Center in Prospect Park, which is publicly funded and provides services to public school students from all over the city. I don't think that makes her a public school teacher in the common understanding--indeed the Audubon Center uses the term "educator"--and it's funded both by City Council and private foundations. But it's a lesser dispute than the one in Borough Park.)