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.
City Councilman Charles Barron dusted off the campaign account from his last congressional challenge in 2006, and filed a year-end report last night for his current campaign against longtime incumbent Ed Towns.
Councilman Charles Barron is about to test the proposition that it is possible to win election to Congress by campaigning against a governor with a 70-percent approval rating.
Talking to me earlier this week about Andrew Cuomo's big overhaul of the state's tax code, Barron said, "It's one of them Ponzi schemes. He is something else. Why would we want to support something that brings less revenues in than the surcharge we had?"
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.