Well, this is a colossal embarrassment. Besides the endorsement itself, I mean.
As Rep. Ed Towns was leaving the presser in which he endorsed Charles Barron for NY's 8th Congressional district, I asked about the endorsement's impact on Towns' previous bases of Jewish support during his 30 years in Congress.
What does Councilmember Charles Barron offer to voters in the upcoming 8th Congressional District Primary?
With the surprise retirement announcement of 15-term Congressman Edolphus Towns, voters in the newly constituted 8th Congressional district will have new representation, no matter who they vote for. Council member Charles Barron and Assembly member Hakeem Jeffries are vying for the winner-take-all primary on June 26. Both are well-known in the district’s traditional communities of Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Bedford Stuyvesant, Ocean Hill, Brownsville, East New York, Canarsie and Flatlands.
Term limited Councilman Charles Barron was asked by Our Time Press if he is going to switch seats with his wife, two-term Assembly woman Inez Barron. “I am leaving all my possibilities open,” the councilman said. “I am thinking, if we need, to switch seats. That’s a possibility.”
I am really impressed with the second installment of Rock Hackshaw's piece on Charles Barron.
I want to make that known, so here it is.
I'll concentrate solely on the areas reprinted below:
Going into the debate Andrew Cuomo had the most to lose, and yet when the hour and a half session was over--he appeared even stronger as the clear front runner in the race.
Cuomo avoided any gaffe and appeared gubernatorial.
It was Cuomo’s nemesis Carl Paladino who seemed like he was completely out of place. Paladino didn’t challenge or attack Cuomo once. Paladino appeared nervous a good deal of the time. Perhaps he was trying to show a softer side to appeal to voters, or perhaps Paladino was just completely out of his element and not ready for prime-time.
Sure as night follows day, it was bound to happen. Even Stevie Wonder could see that ballot irregularities would be placed in the Freedom Party's path. Placement on the ballot is the tool de jour employed to thwart the nascent party's goal of 50,000 votes to obtain permanent ballot status in November's general election.
In New York City's five counties, the Freedom Party is on “Line J.” As would be expected, it does not share “Line J” with any other party. In all New York State counties outside of NYC, the Freedom Party is on “Line H.” At first blush this inconsistency is questionable, at most generating a casual shrug.
I found this over at TheLoop21:
Charles Barrons' Freedom Party has a place in the political system... and it can start in our hometowns.
Wed, 09/15/2010 - 00:00
This summer Brooklyn City Councilman Charles Barron announced the formation of The Freedom Party--a political party formed to speak directly to the interests of black people. Barron is heading the party as the New York State gubernatorial candidate. Though he’s moving along with his plan, Barron’s idea for black political independence has been dismissed in some sectors as a 1960s throwback, and not viable. I disagree. Though this is the age of Obama, black people, at times, need an alternative to the Democratic Party. And so far the Republican Party doesn’t fit the bill. However, if Barron’s Freedom Party or any other independent black political party is to succeed there are six important lessons to be learned from that proverbial thorn in the side of black people: The Tea Party.
So many fools live in the 42nd Council District. As you read the below post, you must keep in mind today’s date is April 1st. You’ll understand it better. It's very long but blame that on the subject not the writer. And please...don’t read the below alone. It pretty scary, and may damage you worse than watching Katie Couric's interview with Sarah Palin.Remind yourself after each paragraph that this is not real, much like these fools thought, so many years ago.
Two more ads surfaced today calling into question Councilman Charles Barron's record. This ad comes hot on the heels of the previous ad featured in my post CLOWNING AROUND IN THE 42ND COUNCIL DISTRICT.
The first of the two new ads accuses Barron of taking credit for things that he didn't do, with the first being his claim on Gershwin Park. According to the ad, funding for the park's makeover was allocated during Councilwoman Wooten's days, and part of the city budget under Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Click here to download this ad.
I got an interesting piece of lit in today's mail, something that was long in the making: an attack ad about Councilmember Charles Barron, aka "Homie the Clown".
It calls into question his record on delivering for the district. If you listened to the audio from last week's 42nd council district candidates forum, you heard Barron speak about what he says are his deliverables to the district. Click here for the post that has the link to the audio.
Word out of East New York today is that Inez Barron is running for the state Assembly (40 AD) in the upcoming primary next September, if the seat becomes vacant. Inez Barron is the wife of NYC councilman Charles Barron (42), and a retired principal of a Bedford Stuyvesant public school. She worked for about thirty years with the NYC Department of Education, and was once the Executive Assistant to the Superintendant of the Brownsville School Board. She was also a teacher in the public education system.
Mrs. Barron- who is a member of the organization “Operation Power”- is also a political activist in her own right-just as much as her husband. She was a member of the House of Lord Church in Brooklyn (Rev. Herbert Daughtry) long before she married Charles, about twenty five years ago. She has played prominent roles in her husband’s many political campaigns, and is an astute political technician. Barack Obama likes to say how smart his wife Michelle is, and that she is the backbone of the family unit; and Bill Clinton always says that Hillary is smarter than he is on many issues; they are both correct. If Charles Barron said that his wife is smarter than he is, well he will probably be correct too; she does have a Master's degree to go with her Bachelor's degree. He has an Associates and a Bachelor's only/lol.
In 1964, Fannie Lou Hamer, "sick and tired of being sick and tired", led a fight at the Democratic National Convention that shook up the nation. Her fight was to seat black delegates from the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. In 2008, our fight may be to stop the DNC from using superdelegates to deny Senator Barack Obama from becoming the democratic nominee for President.
Senator Barack Obama is shaking up the political establishment and causing Democratic Party leadership to scurry, scheme, and prepare to take the nomination away from him with their superdelegates.
At the beginning of the Democratic National Committee Primary/Caucus process, the leadership of the party was preparing for (so they thought) the inevitable victory of Senator Hillary Clinton. As a matter of fact they were preparing to coronate her after the results came in from the February 5th Super Tuesday Primary/Caucus vote. Barack rocked their world! Who would have thought that as of this writing Senator Barack Obama would be winning the majority of the states, the majority of the elected delegates, and the majority of the popular vote. He is now the leading candidate!
Fresh off of a spirited challenge for the 10th Congressional District this past summer, New York City Councilmember Charles Barron is now considering a run for Public Advocate in 2009. This morning, Barron informed me that given his frustration with the institutional responses to the “police brutality” issue, he believes that he could use the office of the Public Advocate as a platform for seriously dealing with issues like police abuses, racial discrimination, black-unemployment, and the like. He said that my recent challenge to him to run for public advocate, as a way of fighting for address to some of his hot-button issues, makes a lot of sense and he is now considering it. He said also that running for citywide office is so much more difficult than running for a congressional seat that he has to give it long hard thought. He will make a final decision sometime late next year, but intends to start exploring it with his main supporters and his organization “Operation Power”, ASAP.
Charles Barron called this morning, wading in on the Al Vann/ David Yassky/ 11th Congressional brouhaha. He took the expected Baronesque position: that Yassky shouldn’t run, and that the seat should be in black hands. And just as Al van Winkle, Annette Robinson, Major Owens and company, Barron doesn’t get it. His biggest flaw is that he lets his obsession with 'race' trump his common-sense, near everytime downfield.
If this situation was reversed, and Yassky was a black person running against 3 whites, with the demographics of the district also reversed, what do you think Barron would be doing right now, if white electeds were calling for the black to withdraw from the race? You tell me (as if we all don't know).