Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, who is challenging Representative Ed Towns in a primary for Congress this year, is fund-raising off his work fighting the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy.
In an email to supporters today, Jeffries' field director, Andre Richardson, writes that the tactic is a "humiliating, degrading experience and a violation of our civil rights."(2)
A few days after endorsing Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries' primary challenge to Representative Ed Towns, the Working Families Party emailed a fund-raising solicitation today calling the race "a clear choice for the 99%."
Charles Barron, the most anti-charter-school candidate in the Towns race, launches 'Parents for Barron'
In his second bid to unseat longtime Representative Ed Towns, Councilman Charles Barron has started a new group called "Parents for Charles Barron 2012" that touts his advocacy on behalf of public schools.
"We are mothers, fathers, grandparents and caretakers of children who range from babies to college students," says an unsigned release posted on Barron's campaign website.
The effort includes its own separate site, parentsforbarron.com, which so far contains three testimonials from public school parents, praising Barron's "integrity" and promoting his work to save P.S. 114.(3)
Bertha Lewis is not happy that Representative Ed Towns is bringing California Republican Darrell Issa, whom she called a "political necrophiliac," to Brooklyn Borough Hall on Monday morning to chair a field hearing on the foreclosure crisis.(1)
With lines looking set, newly redeemed congressional candidate Hakeem Jeffries makes plan for petitioning
Last night, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries won the first important victory in his primary campaign against the longtime Representative Ed Towns, when the special master overseeing the court's redistricting process restored Jeffries' home, and parts of his political base, to the congressional district.
Longtime Brooklyn congressman Ed Towns emailed a statement this afternoon with the subject line "Towns Refuses to Go Negative," responding to criticism made by Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries in a City & State story this morning, and claiming that he has quietly delivered for the district.
Last week, Representative Ed Towns dispelled any doubts about his desire to seek a sixteenth term in Congress when he reported raising $233,000 in the fourth quarter, after ending September with just over $11,000 in cash on hand.
According to his filing, Towns' resurgence was fueled, in large part, by political action committees, which gave him $158,000 in the last three months of the year, compared to $75,000 from individual contributors.
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.
Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries raised just over $105,000 in the fourth quarter, giving him $235,000 for his primary challenge against longtime incumbent Ed Towns.
That's slightly less than Jeffries raised in the third quarter, when he posted $173,000. Towns has yet to report his fourth quarter numbers; at the end of third quarter he had just over $11,000 dollars on hand, but a spokesman recently said he was "busy" raising money since then.
With an upstart primary challenger, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, making a well-attended Sunday announcement of a congressional run, longtime congressman Ed Towns issued a statement this morning proclaiming his intention to run for re-election.
Towns said he has "every intention of being re-elected and returning to Congress to continue my work on behalf of senior citizens, to fight for better educational opportunities, to protect reforms to healthcare, and to ensure that more people get jobs."
On Sunday afternoon, in a brief speech on a bitterly cold day on the steps of Brooklyn's Borough Hall, Hakeem Jeffries finally made it official.
After six months of raising money for a possible run in Brooklyn's 10th congressional district, Jeffries announced to about 50 sign-waving supporters that he will, in fact, challenge longtime incumbent congressman 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?"
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)
"Oh yeah, I'm running," Brooklyn congressman Ed Towns told me with a big smile on the steps of City Hall yesterday afternoon.
Rumors that Towns might retire have been a recurring theme for about half of his 28 years in Congress, and they were stoked again last month when, facing a potential primary challenge from upstart assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, Towns reported just $11,240 in cash on hand.
Jeffries, for his part, reported raising $173,810 (with $158,945 on hand), and he has assembled a coalition that is unusually comprehensive in the Balkanized context of Brooklyn politics.
Towns, speaking after a press conference about federal housing cuts, said he was not overly concerned about the strength of Jeffries' potential challenge, nor surprised.
With the clock ticking on New York's redistricting deadline, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries of Brooklyn thinks that any hope for reforming the process rests on Governor Andrew Cuomo's willingness to hold the line.
"At the end of the day, as long as the governor is willing to adhere to his commitment to veto any lines that are drawn in a way that doesn't project independence and nonpartisanship, then we have a shot to change the way that the redistricting process is done," Jeffries told me on Tuesday evening, as he mingled with 20 or so guests at the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Art, before a screening of the documentary Gerrymandering.(1)