Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, a candidate against veteran Congressman Ed Towns in the Democratic primary, is leaving open the possibility of continuing his campaign on the Working Families Party line even if he loses the primary.
Asked about the hypothetical situation, his campaign spokeswoman Lupé Todd said, “We intend to win on June 26. We will address any questions about the general election once the primary is concluded.”
According to the blog Orthodox Pundit, Mr. Jeffries may have told the Yiddish newspaper Der Yid even more than this, saying, “I will continue to run in the general election at any circumstances.”
(Although it’s always possible for a key point to get lost when it’s translated into another language and then back to English again.)
Only one elected official in State or City Legislature, Councilwoman Tish James, has been elected exclusively on the Working Families Party line, and that was following rather chaotic circumstances involving the assassination of a sitting city councilman.
Councilman Charles Barron is also competing against Mr. Towns and Mr. Jeffries.