Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Charles Barron Has No Business Being In Congress

Firebrand New York City Councilmember Charles Barron is running for Congress in the newly created NY8 district that includes parts of Southern Brooklyn. He's running against Hakeem Jeffries, and it's turning into a nailbiter of a primary race.

That's despite the fact that Barron has no business being in office. He's a racist and anti-Jewish at that. His new district has a significant Jewish population and I'm sure they'd be thrilled to know that Barron doesn't think highly of them at all.

The primary race is causing great consternation among local Democrats. More than a few aren't exactly thrilled about Barron's chances. In fact, a ton of money is being thrown at his opponent, Hakeem Jeffries. Jeffries has support of local politicians including Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Ed Koch, Dov Hikind, and local papers have come out in opposition, including the Daily News. DC-37, former Congressman Ed Towns and the Amsterdam News have thrown their support to Barron.

The UFT is refusing to back either Jeffries or Barron.

Jeffries is getting backing from several law firms, firms representing charter schools (one of the reasons that DC 37 is backing Barron and UFT is sitting on the sidelines).

Considering that many of the residents in the new NY 8 are Jewish, Barron's potential primary win is a huge affront considering his anti-Jewish views (to say nothing of his other inanities that he regularly spews from the steps of City Hall as a Councilmember).

Barron has no business being in Congress for other reasons too. He's got a truly distorted worldview in which he praises the likes of Mumar Khadafi and Robert Mugabe and slams Israel. Jeffries capitalized on that in a recent debate.

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