Challengers to Ed Towns settle into primary position

An Ed Towns supporter in 2008. (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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Representative Ed Towns of Brooklyn has been in office for a long time, but there's apparently something about him that signals vulnerability to would-be challengers. 

He ignored two primary opponents in 2006 and won re-election semi-comfortably, and fended off Kevin Powell of MTV "Real World" fame in 2008.

This year he's facing two more primary challengers.

One is Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, who will be the beneficiary of a fund-raiser organized by Danny Simmons, the brother of hip-hop producer and businessman Russell Simmons.

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The other is Councilman Charles Barron, whose wife, Assemblywoman Inez Barron, just voted against Andrew Cuomo's tax plan, and who plans to make an issue of what he says is Albany's inattention to the district.

Also: Holly Doering has a good follow-up on a piece of legislation that Towns is defending after it was criticized by Senator Chuck Schumer.

Some links:

Barack Obama said Republicans should ask Bin Laden about his agressiveness on foreign policy. [ABC News Radio]

A Mitt Romney surrogate said nominating Newt Gingrich would take the focus off Obama, which will help Democrats. [Deborah Charles]

A conservative suggests Romney should "run to the right of Newt. You know you can get there." [Rush Limbaugh]

That may not be easy, especially on Medicare. [Ronald Bronstein]

Gingrich became the first candidate to say he'd free Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard. [Gil Hoffman]

Rick Perry opted out of Donald Trump's debate. [ABC News Radio]

Jon Huntsman defended DOMA. [Chris Johnson]

Russell Simmons' brother helps Hakeem Jeffries raise money to unseat fellow Democrat Ed Towns. [David Freedlander]

Towns introduced a bill to limit the time frame in which a home foreclosure can take place. [C. Zawadi Morris]

Towns defended his telecommunications bill after Schumer spoke out against it. [Holly Doering]

Towns' holiday party is on Dec. 15, at 585 DeKalb Avenue. [C. Zwaldi Morris]

The Times launched an Election 2012 app whose content will be curated by Times editors. [Chris O'Shea]

Here's footage of Cuomo's press conference last night at which, after the tax legislation was proposed, printed, voted on and passed, he answered questions about it. [Nick Reisman]

The police announced the arrest of a spokesman for OEM for driving while intoxicated. [Jill Colvin]

The Ridgewood-Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, founded by Assemblyman Vito Lopez, is getting "three grants totaling $845,806" from the state. [Celeste Katz]

A former MF Global official who joined the city comptroller's staff in September has resigned. [WNYC]

Only two Democrats in the Assembly voted against Cuomo's plan. [Nick Reisman]

An Assemblyman in Brooklyn hopes Cuomo's tax plan is the start of a "broader" discussion about helping the middle class. [William Colton]

The city is looking to close 12 struggling public schools. [Yoav Gonen]