When U.S. Magistrate Roanne Mann released a draft of New York’s new Congressional maps, there was perhaps no one with more cause to object to them than Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries.
The well-regarded Brooklyn lawmaker had been running hard against longtime incumbent Ed Towns, gathering a slew of union endorsements in the process–quite an achievement for a challenger running against an entrenched congressman like Mr. Towns.
But the court’s map drew Mr. Jeffries home out of Mr. Towns district, putting him and much of his base in Clinton Hill and Fort Greene into the district of Congresswoman Yvette Clark while putting white neighborhoods like Howard Beach, Mill Basin and Ozone Park into the Towns district.
Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries lashed out at City Councilman Charles Barron today in a brief phone interview with The Politicker.
“I’m confused,” Mr. Jeffries said when reached by phone after having just arrived back in New York from the annual Somos conference in Puerto Rico. ”Does Charles Barron want to be governor, mayor, borough president, City Council Speaker or radical apologist for rogue international dictators? I guess the answer is all of the above.”
City Councilman Charles Barron is holding a Congressional exploratory meeting this afternoon in anticipation of a possible run against Brooklyn Rep. Ed Towns.
If he decides to jump into the race, Mr. Barron would be the second challenger to Mr. Towns. Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries opened a Congressional exploratory committee back in May, and his potential candidacy has been generating a significant amount of buzz.
But Mr. Barron, who ran a close race against Mr. Towns in 2006, said neither were an acceptable representative of the central Brooklyn district.
City Councilmember Charles Barron told The Politicker that he won’t run for Congress against Ed Towns in 2012 if Kevin Powell decides to throw his hat into the ring.
Powell, a writer, activist and former star of MTV’s “The Real World ran in 2008 and got 32 percent of the vote. He tried again Read More