Apparently, “the Schwartz” will be with the Democrat.
Assemb. Todd Kaminsky said Tuesday that Mel Brooks, the star of screen and stage as well as Kaminsky’s great-uncle, will again be making robocalls for his great-nephew’s campaign. This time the star power will be used in the tight special election in April for a state Senate seat on Long Island.
In 2014, the little-known Kaminsky drew the spotlight when Brooks’ voice was called into voters’ homes in a boost for Kaminsky’s campaign.
“It’s still the thing a lot of people know about me, that I’m Mel’s relative,” Kaminsky (D-Long Beach) said in an interview.
Kaminsky faces Republican Christopher McGrath in the race for the 9th Senate District that had been represented by former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre). Skelos held the seat for 20 years until he was convicted of corruption in December and stepped down.
Kaminsky said Brooks plans to write his own script for the automatic robo-calls next week, for use later in the campaign. Brooks, whose film parodies include “Space Balls,” in a takeoff on “Star Wars,” and includes the catch phrase, “May the Schwartz be with you.”
In 2014, Brooks’ patter included: “Hello, this is Mel Brooks. Yes -- It really is Mel Brooks! I am calling you on behalf of my nephew -- actually my great nephew -- who is running for Assembly . . . and aside from a few allergies, which you can’t fault him for, he is bright (which runs in our family) and incredibly principled (which does NOT always run in our family).”