In his bid for Congress, Councilmember Charles Barron, D-East New York, may have the “Wall Street lawyers, hedge fund operators and charter school advocates” shaken up with his campaign, says the New York Daily News.
According to the article, pols like Manhattan Rep. Jerrold Nadler and Ed Koch have recently blasted Barron – a former Black Panther and an outspoken member of the City Council – as an “anti-Semite” and a “racist.”
Is it because they are worried about what Barron could do in Congress? Daily News columnist Juan Gonzales thinks so.
The article says that though opponent Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries has the most money in the race, Barron has , who has always catered to the (reliable) senior citizen vote.
And the paper says that while Barron has been “loud and outrageous” in his career, he is also a well-known black leader who has been “a fixture at scores of social justice battles.”
“Few are more willing to challenge the city’s rich and powerful,” says Gonzales, which might be what gives Barron an edge.