Ed Towns hires Hank Sheinkopf, again, for a possible re-election campaign

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Representative Ed Towns. (Reid Pillifant)
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In what ought to be a clear sign that Ed Towns is (despite a characteristically unvigorous campaign schedule) planning to run for re-election this year, he has offically enlisted Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf to handle his press.

Sheinkopf was quoted today taking a shot at Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries in a Wall Street Journal story about another strongfund-raising quarter for Towns' primary challenger.

Despite a relatively strong fourth quarter for Towns, he continues to give life to rumors that he's not actually going to run with a string of canceled appearances, including a screening that he missed for the AFL-CIO endorsement.

(In fairness, all the unions so far have gone for Jeffries, and labor is generally vexed about Towns' vote for CAFTA. So it's possible he just thought he didn't have a shot at the endorsement anyway.)

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I asked Sheinkopf, who has worked for and against Towns for decades, if he wanted to put the rumors to rest.

"No one, including the already anointed candidate of Manhattan's one percent, Mr. Jeffries, is a candidate until petitions are filed," he said. "So we shall see what happens."