The chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus sees a silver lining in the divisive primary fight to replace Representative Ed Towns in Brooklyn.
"The good news is there is hardly any chance we won't have a C.B.C. member elected from that seat," said Emmanuel Cleaver, a longtime congressman from Missouri who has chaired the caucus since 2010.
A spokesman for Rep. Ed Towns of Brooklyn is accusing the New York Post of deliberately excluding local African-Americans from the newspaper's coverage of a police officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty in Towns' district.
In an email under the subject line "WHERE ARE THE BLACK ELECTED OFFICIALS?!" that was addressed to a New York Post reporter and distributed to other media outlets, Towns spokesman Julian Phillips wrote, "It seems strange to me that the only people of color portrayed in the NY Post's coverage—where the PERPS themselves."
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.
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.
Breaking an awkward silence on the matter of the “Ground Zero Mosque” over the past weeks, at least a small number of New York's House and Senate delegation have pivoted off Michael Bloomberg’s instantly historic pro-mosque speech on Aug. 3 to voice their own support of for project.
Of 12 House members whose districts are mostly or entirely in New York City, and the state's two Senators, three have praised Bloomberg's speech and another has issued a statement supporting a Landmarks Preservation Commission decision to deny landmark status to a building the mosque is supposed to replace without mentioning the mayor's speech. One has issued a noncommittal statement. And nine have balked, entirely: one no-comment and eight non-responses to requests for comment.(1)