Letter: Lower Manhattan Democrats club often violent while campaigning

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Forst helper attacking camera blurredLetter: June 15, 2013– By Westider (In response to our story The Robin Forst gorilla campaign)

The woman volunteer trying to attack the camera is Eli Hausknecht, live-in girlfriend of the male volunteer you referenced but who is not shown in your photos, David Reck. (That is his shopping cart in the background, in fact. He never seems to leave home without it.)

Violent confrontations are not uncommon with these two.

For instance, during the 2009 campaign, Reck, who was backing Alan Gerson for city council (Forst worked for Gerson at the time), attacked a diminutive, 5′3″, 18-year old kid who was volunteering for Gerson’s opponent, Pete Gleason. The young volunteer’s “offense” was similar to BatteryParkTV’s: shooting a video of Reck, who was caught tearing down a Gleason poster down.

After tearing down the poster, the burly bully walks over and confronts the young kid, sticking his finger within inches of the volunteer’s eyes. When told that Gleason, a 6-foot former cop, was arriving in a second or two, Reck immediately turns tail and gets out of Dodge. See the incident here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0Lu14u_gV4

This attack was one reason that voters rejected Reck when he ran for district leader two years later. So, no one should be surprised at this current incident. It is surprising the Frost associates with these two, since their history is well known.

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