Over the last twenty-four hours, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries picked up two more reform clubs in his bid to knock off Congressman Ed Towns in the June 26th Democratic primary, grabbing Prospect Heights Democrats for Reform and the Independent Neighborhood Democrats.
And, although politics in Brooklyn is often defined by support of, or opposition to, the head of the county organization Assemblyman Vito Lopez, both Mr. Lopez and groups that staunchly oppose him, like the Independent Neighborhood Democrats and the New Kings Democrats, are firmly jumping behind Mr. Jeffries’ candidacy.
The Independent Neighborhood Democrats endorsed Mr. Towns in years past, but the club’s president, Hal Friedman, told The Politicker things were different this time around.
“People felt it was time for a change, for lack of a better term, Ed Towns has served the community for a number of years, but I think people are saying, ‘Enough already,’” he explained.
Mr. Friedman said he admired the outspokenness of the third candidate in the race, Councilman Charles Barron.
“You weren’t sleeping when he spoke, he was a man to whom you paid attention,” Mr. Friedman said, noting that he only got a handful of votes, however.
Mr. Towns did not make an appearance.
“I thought it was odd, yes,” Mr. Friedman said of the situation. “I thought that he would come, or at least send a representative.”