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Quinn aides in feverish campaign to keep Barron out of Congress (NEW YORK POST) By SALLY GOLDENBERG 06/27/12) Source: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/quinn_aides_congress_feverish_campaign_pbuH8S6lXPfJf2iMDqyzWO
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Top aides to Council Speaker Christine Quinn are campaigning feverishly to block firebrand Brooklyn Councilman Charles Barron from being elected today to Congress.
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Quinn staffer Steve Feder posted a “keep this guy [Barron] OUT OF CONGRESS” on his Facebook page, The Post has learned.
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“If you live in the zip codes below, VOTE TODAY! . . . A man who praised Qaddafi after his death, a man who is anti-semitic and anti- Israel, a man who gave an award to the ruthless dictator Robert Mugabe is running for Congress, and he has a chance to win a Democratic primary. His name is Charles Barron,” Feder said.
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Barron faces off against Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries to replace Brooklyn Rep. Ed Towns, who is retiring.
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Feder addresses his appeal to voters who reside in 23 Brooklyn zip codes that make up the eighth congressional district.
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“If you live in the zip codes below, take five minutes to keep guy OUT OFCONGRESS,” Feder said.
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Quinn´s spokeswoman, Maria Alvarado, said staffers are free to make any political comment as long it doesn’t come on taxpayer time or involves city equipment.
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"Staff members are free to exercise their First Amendment rights and participate in the election process as they see fit during their personal time,” Alvarado said.
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“They do not do so on government time and do not use government phones, computers or other devices for their political activities."
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A rep for Barron could not be immediately reached for comment.
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Another Quinn staffer, John Lisyanskiy, held a press conference last week to drum up opposition against Barron’s campaign. (Copyright 2012 NYP Holdings, Inc. 06/27/12)
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