Friday, March 02, 2012
Reid Pillifant has the story on CapitalNewYork.com about the Communication Workers of America throwing their support behind Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries in his bid to unseat Congressman Ed Towns.
"We believe that he has crossed over at least to the right wing of the Democratic Party," Pillifant has CWA District 1 vice president Chris Shelton quoted as saying.
Reached by phone, CWA District 1 legislative and political organizer Bob Master said, "On a range of issues, the incumbent has not stood with working people. The most glarin are all these votes on trade agree that we opppose.
"Someone who represents a district in Brooklyn like that should be a champion. We need more champions in congress and in Washington and Hakeem Jeffries has been that kind of champion for us in Albany."
This is the Jeffries third union endorsement in the race.
Friday, January 13, 2012
It isn't a big surprise but it's a big announcement: Brooklyn Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries is officially launching his campaign for Congress in the 10th district this Sunday. The official invite is below.
Jeffries will officially be joining Councilman Charles Barron as a challenger to the man that currently holds the office, Congressman Ed Towns.
Some of the best reporting on Jeffries move towards running has been done by Reid Pillifant at Capital New York--definitely worth a review.
One of the most interesting things moving forward will be to see how redistricting--which will increase the size of the 10th by tens of thousands of voters--will affect the race. We'll be checking in on that as soon as the maps become available.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Brooklyn Councilman Charles Barron made it official yesterday: he's running for Congress (again) against Congressman Ed Towns in the 10th Congressional District. Back in 2006, Barron lost to Town by 8 points in the primary. Assemblyman Hakeem Jefferies of Brooklyn is also seriously considering a run at the seat.
In a three-way primary between the incumbent and two challengers, the difference may end up being the new voters absorbed into the district after its lines are redrawn. To meet the new population post-Census total for Congress, NY-10 will need to grow by nearly 40,000 people.