Chris Banks to Challenge Charles Barron for Open Assembly Seat

Chris Banks (left) with Congressman Hakeem Jeffries. (Photo: Facebook)
Chris Banks (left) with Congressman Hakeem Jeffries. (Photo: Facebook)

Nonprofit founder Chris Banks has lost two races to now-Councilwoman Inez Barron, but is hoping he has better luck this time around against her husband.

Mr. Banks said he plans to challenge Charles Barron, the avowedly radical former East New York councilman, for the open State Assembly seat vacated by Ms. Barron after she won Mr. Barron’s City Council race last year. Continue reading “Chris Banks to Challenge Charles Barron for Open Assembly Seat”

Barron Says Hiring Bratton ‘Like Asking an Arsonist to Help You Put Out Fires’

Charles Barron at a different event. (Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty)
Charles Barron at a different event. (Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty)

Councilman Charles Barron and his wife, Councilwoman-elect Inez Barron, are vowing a “grass-roots movement” to oust Bill Bratton, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s recently announced pick for police commissioner.

Mr. Barron, an outspoken politician known for throwing rhetorical bombs at the establishment–including Mr. de Blasio, whom he considers a fake progressive–said Mr. Bratton is responsible for many of the very problems the next police commissioner should actually be trying to solve. Continue reading “Barron Says Hiring Bratton ‘Like Asking an Arsonist to Help You Put Out Fires’”

Barron Blasts de Blasio and Progressive Caucus ‘Masters’

Councilman Charles Barron on NY1.
Councilman Charles Barron on NY1.

His lame-duck status on the City Council certainly has not tempered the fiery Charles Barron.

The term-limited Brooklyn Councilman blasted Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and the City Council’s Progressive Caucus in an interview on NY1’s Road to City Hall last night, accusing Mr. de Blasio of being a faux-liberal and the caucus of reinforcing a white male power structure. Continue reading “Barron Blasts de Blasio and Progressive Caucus ‘Masters’”

Barron Announces Assembly Run and Plan to ‘Bag’ Albany Establishment

Charles Barron. (Photo: YouTube)
Charles Barron. (Photo: YouTube)

Councilman Charles Barron said today he is running for his wife’s State Assembly seat–and if a recent campaign video is any indication, the outspoken lawmaker is sure to be noticed if he wins. Continue reading “Barron Announces Assembly Run and Plan to ‘Bag’ Albany Establishment”

Inez Barron Vies for Husband’s Council Seat With a Slightly Different Tune

Assemblywoman Inez Barron. (Photo: NYS Assembly)
Inez Barron. (Photo: NYS Assembly)

Councilman Charles Barron can be described in many ways, but demure and dispassionate typically aren’t on the list.

The bombastic councilman, for instance, launched his unsuccessful bid for Congress last year by declaring, “I don’t care what they say, I’m still not saluting the flag!” In the halls of Washington, Mr. Barron vowed he’d continue to “stand up for Robert Mugabe, who’s an African hero–taking land back from white people who stole the land from us in the first place!”

Now, after 12 years as a constant presence at press conferences and rallies, the term-limited eastern Brooklyn councilman will be forced out of office. But he hopes his wife, Inez Barron, an assemblywoman with identical ideological stripes, can cement the Barron legacy.

Continue reading “Inez Barron Vies for Husband’s Council Seat With a Slightly Different Tune”

Slew of Brooklyn District Leaders Endorse John Liu

City Comptroller John Liu. (Photo: Getty Images)
City Comptroller John Liu. (Photo: Getty Images)

City Comptroller John Liu will announce the endorsement of a slew of Democratic officials from across Brooklyn Friday in another effort by his mayoral campaign to show he’s gaining steam, despite the recent guilty verdicts against his former campaign treasurer and a fund-raiser.

The supporters include Assemblywoman Inez Barron, City Council candidate Ari Kagan, and Democratic district leaders Melba Brown, Betty Ann Canizio, Jeanette Givant,  Christopher Olechowski, Chris Owens, Corey Provost and Charles Ragusa.

Continue reading “Slew of Brooklyn District Leaders Endorse John Liu”

Charles Barron Making Mayoral Endorsements Far From Home

Charles Barron (Photo: Getty)
Charles Barron (Photo: Getty)

Outspoken Councilman Charles Barron is backing John Liu in the New York City mayoral election this year and he’s also getting involved in races out of state. On Tuesday, Mr. Barron served on the host committee of a Soho fundraiser for Chokwe Lumumba, who is running for mayor in Jackson Mississippi. Mr. Lumumba is an attorney and City Council member whom Mr. Barron said he has known for years through their work in activist circles.

“Chokwe Lumumba is a long-time friend and freedom fighter,” Mr. Barron told Politicker at a forum on stop-and-frisk last night in Brooklyn. “He got elected to the City Council in Jackson, Mississippi, which is, you know, a majority-black population town. There’s seven Council Members. So it’s good to see black, strong, conscious people getting involved in the electoral arena. And [when] he becomes mayor of Jackson Mississippi–that’s going to be a historic moment.” Continue reading “Charles Barron Making Mayoral Endorsements Far From Home”