Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries continued to build his war chest and raised over $237,000 in the last three months, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this afternoon. With about $400,000 cash on hand, he has a decent amount of money to work with as he makes his final push for the June 26th primary where he’s seeking to unseat Congressman Ed Towns.
What Mr. Towns’ reports in his filing next week will likely send a clear signal about his surprisingly sleepy campaign operations so far. He has routinely skipped out on campaign events he attended in past reelection efforts and his campaign’s spokesman was most recently spotted declining to speak about campaign-related matters.
His campaign manager, when he can be gotten a hold of, has insisted Mr. Towns will actually begin to campaign after he turns in his petitions to get onto the ballot on April 16th. That will be another key date to watch, as Mr. Towns’ radio silence is sparking increasing rumors that he might not ultimately campaign for the seat.
Councilman Charles Barron is also a candidate in the race. His campaign finance report, if it’s like his last ones, will be on the small side, but Mr. Barron has always passionately declared that he doesn’t need large amounts of money to compete.