The Prodigal Daughter
October 27, 1993
Barbra returned to the old neighborhood on October
27, 1993. The occasion was to stump for David Dinkins who was
seeking reelection as Mayor of NYC. Dinkins, who was severely
lagging in the polls behind Rudy Giulliani called on friend, native
Brooklynite and staunch Democratic supporter Barbra Streisand to help
give a boost to his campaign. I was there along with a few
hundred others that evening to witness this unique event in NYC
Staging a Barbra Streisand political event in downtown Brooklyn - at
The Brooklyn Academy of Music no less - should have been the perfect
prescription to inject desperately needed life into the lackluster Dinkins campaign: the prodigal
daughter returning to the town of her
birth to lend a hand. It was
a political coup of brilliance designed to garner a massive infusion
of votes for Dinkins.
made an impassioned political speech blasting Giulliani in her plea
for voters to reelect the mayor. She and Dinkins arrived
promptly at 6 PM - along with Marilyn and Alan Bergman in tow (Barbra
was in town collaborating with the Bergmans and preparing for her
upcoming New Years concerts which were only eight weeks away).
Barbra's speech lasted about a half an hour.
Oh yeah. Giulliani
beat Dinkins in a landslide. The rest is history.