David Duke Endorses Barron in Brooklyn Congressional Race
Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 05:41 PM
Congressional candidate and City Councilman Charles Barron received two new endorsements days before the June 26 primary, one more controversial than the other.
When Jewish leaders denounced Barron for his rhetoric on Israel and comparisons of the Jewish state with Nazi Germany, one of his fellow city councilman titled him the "David Duke of New York City."
On the heels of the comparison, former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard and Republican Louisiana politician David Duke released an eight and a half minute web video titled "David Duke for Charles Barron."
"If I lived in New York City," Duke said, "I would certainly vote for Charles Barron."
On Monday, Barron received the endorsement of the New York Sierra Club, which celebrated Barron's track record on environmental issues and called him "a true friend of the environment" for his track record on green spaces, public transportation and the controversial hydraulic fracturing process.
Thursday morning, however, Barron denounced the media for the amount of attention that Duke's endorsement was receiving.
"We're not responding to foolishness," Barron told WNYC. "We demand respect and intelligence from the media."
Barron added that he was concentrating on the issues affecting the district, not on what he called a circus.
"We're going to Washington with a movement that demands that these life and death issues be addressed," Barron said.
The man responsible for the original comparison between Barron and Duke, Brooklyn City Councilman David Greenfield, said that he's equally discouraged by what he called "a preview of the three-ring circus" if Barron wins on June 26.
"All you need to know about Charles Barron is encompassed in today's endorsement by David Duke," Greenfrield said.