“If anybody that decides to run against me, … I suggest that they have to raise at least $2 million dollars to finish a respectable last, just to finish respectable they’re going to need $2 million,” Councilman Charles Barron declared at his congressional campaign kickoff last November.
Well, obviously that didn’t happen, and then some. Mr. Barron’s ultimately victorious opponent, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, has truly raked in the money and his quarterly FEC filing will show $1,235,862.01 when his campaign files it in a couple days, his spokeswoman Lupe Todd said (she included the extra penny). Ms. Todd further stated the majority of their contributions came in the form of $100 or less.
hakeem the dream
Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, fresh off his dominating June 26th primary victory for Congressman Ed Towns’ seat, looks like he’s already set to be a player down in Washington D.C.
For one, Mr. Jeffries has been named a “Majority Maker” by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a title that carries the expectation of raising campaign cash for Democrats in competitive districts. And, as POLITICO reported it, “Those who participate might get plum committee assignments or general gratitude from important friends when they arrive on Capitol Hill.”
As the Democratic establishment rallied around Brooklyn Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries’ congressional campaign, a number of forces weighed in. Among them was the progressive advocacy group MoveOn.org, which sent an email to its supporters declaring Mr. Jeffries opponent, Councilman Charles Barron, was “unfit to serve.”
“But what Barron doesn’t want you to know is that rather than actually trying to fix problems, he’s spent his career specializing in divisive, offensive, and just plain outrageous statements and behavior,” the email declared, for example.
Looking at a detailed result of last night’s election where Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries thumped Councilman Charles Barron, it seems that Mr. Barron could not even pull out a victory in his own district, let alone his wife’s smaller assembly district (or any other way you would care to slice the results).
The Board of Elections disseminated the results by assembly districts, and Ms. Barron’s A.D. in East New York contained Mr. Barron’s best performance of the night, by far. Mr. Jeffries won 53% of the vote there.
winners & losers
After much tension and circumstance, today’s primary elections for federal elections have come to a close, and there were few surprises to be found.
In each congressional race, the candidate of the conventional wisdom emerged victorious and all incumbents that sought to return to Washington D.C. next year are now set to do so — at least in parts of heavily Democratic New York City where primary elections are the actual contest.
The list of primary champions includes Reps. Charlie Rangel, Nydia Velázquez and Yvette Clarke, with open seat contenders Hakeem Jeffries and Grace Meng added in as well.
On Friday, Brooklyn Councilman Charles Barron released a new online ad in his closely watched congressional campaign against Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries. Mr. Barron’s commercial features the candidate standing in the park talking up his achievements in the City Council and his plans for Washington as a soundtrack of drumming and chanting plays in the background.
“I’m Charles Barron and I’m running for Congress. Im excited,” Mr. Barrons says in the ad. “Unbossed, unbought Charles Barron for Congress.”
Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke went on his radio show today to say he did not appreciate the media referring to him as a former Ku Klux Klan leader in the coverage of his endorsement of Charles Barron. As The Politicker first reported, Mr. Duke (a former KKK leader) released a video on Wednesday endorsing Mr. Barron in his race for Brooklyn’s 8th Congressional district against Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries.
“We’ve had an incredible two days of media invective against me because I dared to say positive words in the congressional race between Charles Barron in New York and his Zio-African American–really all I can say is Zionist stooge opponent Mr. Hakeem Jeffries,” the former Ku Klux Klan leader Mr. Duke said. “It’s been an amazing bit of hate that has been launched against me and against Mr. Barron.”
It’s late in the game with Election Day next Tuesday, but Governor Andrew Cuomo has finally signaled which Democrats he prefers in key primaries around the city. In two races where incumbents are facing serious challenges, Mr. Cuomo has favored the incumbent, while in the open seat competition to replace Rep. Ed Towns, he went with Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries over Councilman Charles Barron.
“I think he is best suited not just for the district for this state,” Mr. Cuomo told Capital Tonight to explain his endorsement of Congressman Charlie Rangel, first reported by the New York Post. “His seniority is a major asset for this state.”
A spokeswoman for Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, who is running against Charles Barron in the congressional race in Brooklyn’s 8th District, had harsh words for a video made by KKK Grand Wizard David Duke endorsing Mr. Barron.
“Hate and extreme rhetoric have no place in our society,” Lupe Todd, Mr. Jeffries’ campaign spokeswoman said. “We denounce David Duke’s remarks in its entirety and urge the other candidate in this race to do the same.”
Former KKK Grand Wizard and member of the Louisiana Legislature David Duke released a video yesterday endorsing Charles Barron in his race for Brooklyn’s 8th Congressional district against Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries. Mr. Barron, a member of the City Council and former member of the Black Panther Party who, over the years, has made a series of controversial statements against Israel and in support of African dictators including Muammar Qaddafi. He would seem to be an odd choice for a self-described “white nationalist” like Mr. Duke, but in the video, Mr. Duke explains that he thinks Mr. Jeffries has “sold his soul to the international Zio-bankers” while Mr. Barron’s strong past criticisms of Israel outweigh their other differences.
“In a race for Congress between an anti-Zionist black activist and a black activist who is a bought and paid for Zionist Uncle Tom, I’ll take the anti-Zionist any day,” Mr. Duke says in the video. “In this election of limited choices, I believe that Charles Barron is the best choice. Why? Because I think there’s no greater danger facing the United States of America and facing the world than the unbridled power of Zionist globalism. … Charles Barron stands against that power. If I lived in New York City, I would certainly vote for Charles Barron.”