Charles Barron’s Orthodox Jewish former ‘odd couple’ colleague says he must be stopped

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Notably absent from a large press conference on Monday at which Jewish Democrats denounced Charles Barron as an enemy of Israel was an Orthodox Jew who served on the City Council with Barron for almost a decade: Simcha Felder.

"They called us the odd couple at City Hall," Barron said during a 2005 interview. "A Black Panther and an Orthodox Jew. And we get along together very well. We have our differences, certainly, but we do it out of respect."

Felder left the Council in 2010 to work in the comptroller's office and is now running for State Senate in the Brooklyn district recently won by Republican David Storobin.

Barron's earlier praise of Felder is making the rounds now, with at least one Jewish blog wondering how much damage it could cause Felder's campaign.

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I asked Felder near City Hall this morning about his relationship to Barron.

His response: "We must be united and do everything humanly possible to prevent Charles Barron from stepping foot in Washington."