Andrew Cuomo will celebrate his 55th birthday at the Waldforf next month, with tickets going for between $1,500 and $25,000. [Casey Seiler]
Charles Barron spoke at the University of Albany today. [Knickerbocker Ledger]
"I reduced Cuomo to (making) robocalls," Barron said of his congressional primary race. [@TUCapCon]
State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said Hurricane Sandy "is our Katrina." [Nick Reisman]
City Councilman Charles Barron, a former Black Panther, defended President Obama against charges that a 2007 speech, which was re-aired by Fox News tonight, was racially divisive.
"I don't think it's race baiting to say the people of New Orleans were not helped after Katrina," Barron said when reached on his cell phone Tuesday night.
The speech to Hampton University in June of 2007 wasn't exactly a secret, since Obama was a presidential candidate at the time, and the event was covered by Fox News and other outlets. But a full 40-minute video of the event was recycled today in a primetime apperance by Daily Caller editor Tucker Carlson on Sean Hannity's show on Fox News, after its appearance had been teased on conservative clearinghouse the Drudge Report. Hannity led with a clip of the president acknowledging his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and described the video as a "bombshell."
Barron called the video's release, and its characterization, "a desperate attempt to save a dying Mitt Romney campaign."(4)
A fight to replace Assemblyman Vito Lopez as chairman of the Brooklyn Democratic organization could affect a handful of local races. It also has implications for the contest to succeed Christine Quinn as City Council speaker, and for the near-term future of the entire Brooklyn Council delegation.
After the governor, both United States senators, two members of Congress, and all five candidates for mayor had called for Assemblyman Vito Lopez to resign from his legislative and party positions, the assemblyman and presumptive congressman Hakeem Jeffries added his voice to the chorus, sort of.
Walter Mosley's candidacy provided an opportunity for Charles Barron's backers to get right with Hakeem Jeffries.
But today, District Council 37 opted not to make amends, choosing to endorse one of Mosley's opponents, Olanike Alabi, who previously served as an aide to the head of health care union 1199 SEIU.
Councilman Charles Barron said he's already seeing incoming congressman Hakeem Jeffries, who he lost to in Tuesday's primary, carving out a legislative agenda in order to pay back political supporters.
After his congressional candidacy came to an end this week, Charles Barron eased back into his more familiar role as the City Council’s most prominent dissenter, casting the sole "no" vote on the budget.
According to the preliminary returns from the city Board of Elections, Barron's primary opponent, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, won every Assembly district in the new eighth congressional district yesterday, including the one represented by Barron's wife, Inez.
Though the New York Times imprematur can be crucial in competitive local Democratic primaries, it doesn't appear to have played a meaningful role in any of yesterday's congressional races, in which three of the paper's five chosen candidates won.
Gentrification has brought some change to Bed-Stuy, the heart of the district in which Councilman Charles Barron is running in today's primary against Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries. But the area is still suffering from a variety of very serious problems that the winner will have to attempt to address: poverty, crime, unemployment.
"Charles Barron would be recon or special forces" and "Hakeem Jeffries would be like a sniper."
Keisha Bell, who grew up in Bed-Stuy, said Charles Barron is "one of those black leaders who does a disservice to black people because he blames everything on race."(1)
Charles Barron is trying to control his message while Hakeem Jeffries visited "Up with Chris" and Ghostfact Killah. [Chester Soria]
Hakeem Jeffries has a lot more endorsements than Barron. [Amy Sara Clark]
A pro-Israel group runs a strong anti-Barron ad. [Rachel Hirshfeld]
"Did The Daily News ever write an editorial proclaiming "Bar Jesse Helms From the Senate?" that infamous racist? Did The Daily News ever proclaim "Bar Strom Thurmond From Senate" that notorious racist? Are the concerns conveniently selective?" [Black Star News]
When the retiring Representative Ed Towns endorsed his old foe Charles Barron to succeed him in Congress, Towns pledged his entire organization to help make sure Barron won and, a week later, the congressman told Politico he'd be campaigning with his old rival.
But, in the three weeks since that early June endorsement, no one seems to have spotted the two together on the campaign trail.(1)
Before he was a controversial councilman and possibly surging congressional candidate, Charles Barron was a controversial community activist and an assistant to the Reverend Herbert Daughtry, the presiding minister at The House of the Lord Pentecostal Church in Brooklyn.