Bar Charles Barron from Congress; choose Hakeem Jeffries instead (NEW YORK DAILY NEWS EDITORAL) 06/24/12)
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New York´s Congressional delegation is rightly warning of the danger
of electing the racial bombthrower
A great big thanks to former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke for
endorsing Brooklyn-Queens congressional candidate Charles Barron.
By giving Barron his imprimatur, Duke spotlighted to perfect effect
Barron’s disqualification for representing New York in Washington.
Let this be the death knell of Barron’s candidacy as voters of the
newly drawn 8th District stampede to the polls Tuesday in support of
rival Hakeem Jeffries.
Democrats who live in communities as far flung as Howard Beach and
Ozone Park in Queens and Sheepshead Bay, Bedford-Stuyvesant and
Downtown Brooklyn must awaken to the threat posed by Barron, a
councilman who has made a career of the racial taunt.
By the way, Duke’s endorsement notwithstanding, Barron is black. Duke
loves his virulent anti-Israel, anti-Jewish rhetoric.
Most of New York’s Democratic establishment is terrified that Barron
will win by mobilizing his hard-core supporters in a low-turnout
election. They fear that he will undermine the credibility and clout
of the city congressional delegation by his bent for charged
confrontations and for playing the racial victim.
Rarely do elected Democrats take a position in party primaries. This
time many are rallying behind Jeffries,
because he is eminently qualified and because of Barron’s destructive
Sen. Chuck Schumer is against Barron and for Jeffries.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is against Barron and for Jeffries.
Gov. Cuomo is against Barron and for Jeffries.
Rep. Joe Crowley, the Queens Democratic party leader, is against
Barron and for Jeffries.
Rep. Yvette Clarke, who represents an adjoining district, is against
Barron and for Jeffries.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney of Manhattan and Queens is against Barron and
Rep. Jerry Nadler of Manhattan and Brooklyn is against Barron and for
Rep. Eliot Engel of the Bronx is against Barron and for Jeffries.
Summing up nicely, Engel explained that Barron would be “an
embarrassment to the party, to the Congress and to the country.”
One can easily imagine Barron picking a fight with the entire House
of Representatives on his first day. His signature outfit is a high-
collared jacket over a tieless shirt. House rules require men to wear
jackets and ties.
Think Barron wouldn’t put up a stink? He once objected to being
seated in the City Council near a statue of Thomas Jefferson, whom he
called “a slaveholder, a hypocrite and a rapist."
Other gems include praising Moammar Khadafy as a hero, inviting
Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe to City Hall, and saying at a rally
for slavery reparations: “I want to go up to the closest white person
and say, ‘You can’t understand this, it’s a black thing’ and then
slap him, just for my mental health.”
Oh, and he says: “The biggest terrorist in the world is the
government of Israel.”
Meanwhile, Jeffries is excellently suited to well serve New York. He
was an attorney at a top law firm, held a prestigious clerkship with
a federal judge and had a successful private sector job before
winning election to the state Assembly over the opposition of the
He took a principled stand for nonpartisan redistricting, has fought
successfully for charter schools and won Assembly passage of
legislation that made a sensible reform to the NYPD’s tactic of
stopping, questioning and sometimes frisking people deemed suspicious.
The district also takes in parts of Fort Greene, Prospect Heights,
Clinton Hill, Bushwick, Ocean Hill, Brownsville, East New York,
Canarsie, Mill Basin, Flatlands, Marine Park, Manhattan Beach,
Brighton Beach and Coney Island.
Voters in every neighborhood must rally behind Jeffries and prevent
Barron from becoming David Duke’s man in Washington. (© Copyright
2012 NYDailyNews.com. 06/24/12)
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