Jeffries Trounced Barron in Brooklyn Primary


hakeem-jeffriesUpdated: State Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries trounced City Councilman Charles Barron in a shwondown for Brooklyn’s 8th Congressional District.

With 54% of precincts reporting, the Associated Press deemed Jeffries the easy winner, 75% of the vote to Barron’s 25%.

“The political pundits said that this was going to be a close race, but that was before the people had spoken,” Jeffries told his supporters after hearing early results. “The people spoke with one loud voice and that’s why we’re going to Washington.”

Jeffries landed almost every major endorsement, winning the backing of Sen. Chuck Schumer, Gov. Cuomo and most Democratic bigwigs.

He also had the support of the Working Families Party.

Addressing his supporters, Barron called for a recount and said he would not be calling Jeffries to congratulate him on the win.

“When we launched this campaign we knew we were going up against … the entire New York Democratic political leadership,” Barron said. “You know you good when you made the governor do a robo call for a primary.”

The two were vying for the seat vacated by retiring Democrat Rep. Ed Towns.

Barron lost to Towns in the 2006 primary, but Towns gave Barron his blessing in the primary.

The race drew intense scrutiny from the party because of Barron’s history of making incendiary remarks about Jews and gays – comments he toned down while campaigning.

The East New York councilman previously dubbed dictators Moammar Khadafy and Robert Mugabe his “heroes” – and compared the Israeli government with the Nazis.

Barron, once a member of the Black Panthers, also received a toxic endorsement from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

Earlier in the day, about 20 volunteers donned bright yellow t-shirts inside Barron’s makeshift campaign headquarters in a transformed family owned diner, Sistas’ Place on 456 Nostrand Ave.

Meanwhile, an army of volunteers flooded a campaign office in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, where Jeffries father, Marland, 73, was patiently waiting for the election results.

“My only advice is to be honest and truthful,” he recalled telling his son earlier in the day.

Marland, a retired social worker who worked for the state as a drug counselor, has taught karate in White Plains for the past 30 years, but his son has never been interested.

“He does karate with his brain. He’s better than me. I couldn’t deal with all this,” the elder Jeffries said.

{NY Daily News/ Newscenter}


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    The story here is Barron, Barron , Barron not same gender marriage. enough already. you have to wonder about all of those who keep singing the same song over and over again… yes its a shame. yes its a terrible thing. yes yes yes. but,we have to move forward! there is so much to do to help our tzibbur. we need to fix so many issues and the same people keep harping on the same thing. Ad mosai? yeshivas in crisis, jobs, security, special needs etc…. ENOUGH!