Before he was a controversial councilman and possibly surging congressional candidate, Charles Barron was a controversial community activist and an assistant to the Reverend Herbert Daughtry, the presiding minister at The House of the Lord Pentecostal Church in Brooklyn.
On Thursday night, beneath a framed picture of Robert Mugabe, a big dry-erase calendar and a map of the newly configured eighth congressional district, about a dozen campaign volunteers for Charles Barron were toiling away inside a little cafe called Sistas' Place on Nostrand Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant.(2)
Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries is getting an assist in his congressional bid from some top bundlers for President Obama.(1)
Charles Barron accepted an endorsement today.
On the steps of City Hall, the controversial councilman picked up his first big show of support from DC 37, the city's largest public employees union.
It's something of a coup for Barron, who has consistently shrugged off the steady stream of support for his more palatable opponent, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries.(4)
A few minutes before a half-dozen African-American clergymen were scheduled to endorse Hakeem Jeffries at Brooklyn's Borough Hall this morning, Jeffries' campaign staff was still trying to drum up some press coverage.
Three months earlier, when Jeffries kicked off his congressional campaign in the same spot, on an even colder and windier day, recruiting reporters hadn't been a problem. Jeffries' bid, after all, made for good copy: a young upstart trying to unseat the veteran Ed Towns, a 28-year incumbent with a long history of surviving primary challenges.
In what ought to be a clear sign that Ed Towns is (despite a characteristically unvigorous campaign schedule) planning to run for re-election this year, he has offically enlisted Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf to handle his press.