When Adriano Espaillat ran for Congress against Rep. Charles Rangel in June, representing the most credible challenge to Rangel in recent memory, the Times chose not to endorse him, writing that "he would have to reach out to a wider constituency of African-Americans, whites and Asians."
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.
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.
A couple of notable departures from the pack came from Chris Smith, who expects Barron to give Jeffries a heart attack, but not a fatal one, and field-operations expert Doug Forand, who sees Espaillat beating Rangel.
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)
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.
"He is a people's candidate and a man whose words resonates among many households," said City Councilwoman Diana Reyna of Brooklyn. She acknowledged Barron had abrasive rhetoric, but said it served to "reminds all of us [in the City Council] what communities, what communities are voiceless. It's worth noting that Reyna also has a long-running feud with the Brooklyn Democratic County Leader, Vito Lopez, who is supporting Barron's rival, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries. The vice-chair of the Sierra Club's New York City chapter, Irene van Slyke, said Barron was an early and outspoken critic of the Atlantic Yards project and attended the group's endorsement meeting. "His opponent has been absent, not sometimes but all the time including not showing up at neighborhood debates and the Sierra Club endorsement interview," she said, with Barron's hand on her left shoulder.
Later, Slyke said, "On Atlantic Yards, Mr. Barron showed up when it really counted" early on "when we needed political support to fight a project that was totally out of control."
Barron, she said, "spoke out when it really counted. Mr. Jeffries came after all the decisions had been made. It didn't count anymore. It was just recently."
Obama and Romney agree that the election is about the economy; the White House sees a Hakeem Jeffries test
A top Democrat with ties to the White House: "This primary outcome might represent hope for the future or painfully make clear that the caucus has utterly lost it's way." Also: Hakeem got his photo taken with Obama and Bill Clinton. [Ben Smith]
So, that's why he was that the Waldorf. [Twitter]
Jeffries raised more than $750,000 for his race. [Colin Campbell]
Andrew Cuomo may soon have an ally in the New York congressional delegation.
Last month, when the governor was aggressively pushing for expansion of the state's DNA database to include information even on low-level offenders like turnstile-jumpers, he acceded to exactly one exception: first-time misdemeanor marijuana offenders.