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.
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.