In a recent post about Rep. Yvette Clarke, I came clean on my crush. Well, there was one person who accused Yvette Clarke of being stupid (anonymously no less). This offended me for obvious reasons. No evidence was offered for their accusation, only immature commentary. So when I saw her interviewed on NY1 last week, I thought it would be great if I posted it up here.
Unfortunately, the only video clip I could find was on NY1's website, and it is not embeddable. But please check it out here.
I need to come clean, I have had a crush on Congresswoman Yvette Clarke for some time. Another confession I should make, is I sometimes watch C-SPAN, but we will save that for another time. Anyway, it's not a creepy thing, I swear. I just think Rep. Clarke is smart, sexy, and charismatic.
This weekend, we kicked off our Urban Youth Initiative in Brooklyn, NY. Our hosts were the Progressive Democrats Political Association of Central Brooklyn. The goal of our training was to help empower the community by helping create a stronger grassroots network of determined, independent Democrats who want to be a part of the solution to problems confronting all of us in the 21st century. These Democrats are changing the political paradigm in central Brooklyn. They have already elected the first immigrant woman to the New York City Council; the first Haitian American to sit on that Council and the dynamic young Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY-11).
Can The Clarkes (Una and Yvette) Successfully Handpick Their Successor To The 40th Council District Seat Out Of Brooklyn?
Brooklyn’s 40th City Council district came into existence in 1991, when via charter revision the city council expanded from thirty-six to fifty-one districts. It also came about because many Caribbean-American political activists, demanded lines be drawn that were favorable to electing one of their ilk. The 40th and 45th districts were drawn with that objective in mind somewhat, cutting through the heartlands of areas where Caribbean-Americans live in majority. That same year, a pugnacious Jamaican-born woman, stubbornly insisting that she was a “maroon”, emerged victorious. And the ‘icon” that many now refer to by one name, was born. She was Una Clarke. Una held the seat for ten years, before she was eventually term-limited out of office.
Wellington Sharpe called to inform today, that he is seriously considering a run for the 40th City Council seat being vacated by Yvette Clarke- who becomes a congresswoman from January 1st, 2007. Sharpe, a longtime Caribbean–American political activist, as well as a successful businessman in the Brooklyn community, has run for this seat before, when he was one of seven candidates who vied for the seat in 2001. He also ran for the State Senate in both the 20th and 21st districts.
Like Una Clarke-who first represented this district in 1991- Sharpe was born on the island of Jamaica, West Indies; this will surely help him in a district with a high immigrant population. When pressed as to why he is now considering a race he had earlier seemed reluctant to run in, Sharpe said that “the support for my candidacy here has been mind-boggling”. He went on to state that of the presently declared candidates, no one seems to be emerging from the pack. Sharpe further added that his phone has been ringing off the hook about this race, ever since Yvette won the congressional primary; with people inquiring about his intentions and speculating about his chances of winning. “Every where I go, people keep asking what was I going to do”, he also said. This is the back-drop for his reconsideration to enter here. He has also been approached about running by various leaders in the community, who seem leery of the present crop of entrants.
On WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show this morning, Rep John Murtha confirmed his endorsement of Council Member Yvette Clarke for Brooklyn's 11th Congressional District, and withstood a surprise attack [via phone] from his colleague, Rep Major Owens.
Owens took issue with Murtha's unannounced visit to his district - calling it a "breach in protocol" - and questioned whether Murtha's co-conspirator Rep Anthony Weiner even held a similar position [to Murtha, Clarke and Chris Owens] on the Iraq War.
Murtha defended Weiner who had signed on to Murtha's troop redeployment resolution.
Update: Weiner's office further clarifies the point:
Audio of the interview now available, here.
Such is the scoop sources say.
Not only will the Congress's leading anti-war voice give Yvette Clarke his full-on support, but former US Marine and PA Rep John Murtha - one of Bush's most outspoken critics on Iraq - will also join Clarke at a town hall forum to hear the concerns of voters in the 11th Congressional District tomorrow night.
Significant this is because of the district's strong anti-war leanings. According to sources with knowledge of Brooklyn politics, polling routinely shows that the Iraq War is tops on the minds of voters in the 11th.
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Now that Nick Perry is out of the race for the 11th Congressional District, I predict that Yvette Clarke will make major changes within her campaign team. Yvette, who has now emerged as the favorite to win the seat, will bring in a new campaign manager/ management team soon. Her current manager will be either axed or reassigned, if it hasn’t been done already. Note that this is the same manager who came in, with lots of fanfare about four months ago. Word is that Yvette wants to shift gears and move into winning stride. It’s her race to lose. She will revamp the campaign as a way to invigorate a soporific start.