On Sunday afternoon, Councilman Charles Barron stood behind a half-dozen reporters on the corner of Linden Boulevard and Vermont Street in East New York, singing along with about 75 supporters to a lilting campaign jingle, which went: "Charles Barron for Congress, Charles Barron for Congress."
The tune blared from a flatbed truck through the streets of Brooklyn's 10th Congressional district back in 2006, and now it's being recycled for Barron's second challenge to longtime congressman Ed Towns.(2)
Councilman Charles Barron's entrance into the race to unseat Rep. Ed Towns will make for a more lively Democratic primary season.
It may also end up helping return the longtime lawmaker back to office in the New York's 10th congressional district, in Brooklyn.
Barron kicked off his campaign on Sunday in what is textbook fashion for him, which is to say unlike anyone else I can think of.
Councilman Charles Barron, a Brooklyn Democrat and black nationalist, was never particularly impressed with Herman Cain.
"Herman Cain is not going anywhere," Barron told me in a wide-ranging telephone conversation that started out about his own potential congressional bid, but also touched on Reconstruction, the current state of racial politics, and why he counts Moammar Khadafy among his heroes.
But first, Cain.(1)
Congressman Ed Towns ended the third quarter with just $11,240 in cash on hand, according to his most recent filing with the Federal Election Commission.
Towns began the quarter with about $55,000 on hand, but raised just $69,258 in the last three months, while spending $107,742.
Towns' depleted coffers could encourage a number of primary challengers, namely Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, who recently converted a congressional exploratory committee into a full-fledged campaign account on the strength of his own fundraising.
Rangel admires Occupy Wall Street demonstrators, laments that there aren't more people of color among them
Representative Charles Rangel said this morning that the lack of people of color currently occupying Wall Street is "stark," and suggested the movement is still a "sophisticated" one that has yet to capture the support of the working class.
"I think that's got to change," he said a meeting with reporters in his Harlem office. "It's a sophisticated thing, where people who are poor can find the time and resources to leave their kids and to go anywhere for three or four days, or three or four weeks," he said.
On Monday afternoon, a few hours after he stood beside Mayor Bloomberg at an anti-gun press conference, then sat in on drums at the West Indian American Day Parade with the NYPD band, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly went to find Jumaane Williams.
“The commissioner came to where we were, actually, after we were released to personally find out what happened,” Williams said at a press conference the next day. “I’m not sure if he said exactly it was wrong, but he did seem very apologetic that it occurred.”
“I talked to him,” Kelly said to an impromptu gaggle of reporters at a separate event. “I got their version of what happened. I said that we would do an investigation. I spoke to the councilman. I spoke to Mr. Foy. I spoke to the Council speaker. I spoke to the public advocate.”
Councilman Charles Barron walked to the stairs at City Hall yesterday carrying a small podium bearing the city seal and a dozen activists unfurled a banner and put on stickers that said “Ban Fracking Now.” It was time to start the rally.(1)
It took very little effort yesterday to get into the rally at which Bill Clinton officially endorsed Andrew Cuomo. There was no metal detector, there were no bag checks, there was no request for ID or press credentials. Entry was wide open to the exceedingly humid gymnasium at the New York City College of Technology, a CUNY campus. The NYCCT mascot is the yellow jacket.
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Today, you can tune in to Capital contributors Azi Paybarah at WNYC and Jimmy Vielkind at the TU as they report on city- and state-wide races. Salon's Steve Kornacki will be doing post-primary analysis for us, and our own Josh Benson will be on NY1 to discuss the results after the polls close. In the meantime, catch up on all the primary action this season on Capital.
Charles Barron, who represents parts of East New York, Brownsville, East Flatbush and Canarsie in the New York City Council, is currently the only candidate for governor who was once a member of the Black Panther Party. More importantly, as he points out, he is the only candidate for any statewide office this year who is not white.(1)
Sentimentalists, preservationists, nonprofits trying to counter the rising cost of living in the city, residents who resented newcomers, newcomers looking for what they characterized as an authentic—that is, "gritty"—New York experience, and people in all groups trying to keep up with rising rents saw in the Domino factory a highly visible target for frustration.(1)