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|U.S. House, New York, District 8|
|New York City council|
Barron is a New York City councilman.
Barron ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent New York's 8th District. He sought the nomination on the Democratic ticket and was defeated by Hakeem Jeffries in the June 26 Democratic primary.
Barron fought back from a fundraising disadvantage and gained an endorsement from the state's largest public employees union, as well as the nod from the retiring incumbent, Ed Towns. This worried many Democrats, as Barron is a controversial figure prone to outspoken comments. A former Black Panther, Barron has expressed a desire to "go up to the closest white person and... slap him," and has said Israel is "the world's greatest terrorist." These and other similar comments worried the Democratic establishment about Barron's potential to alienate people on the national scale.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), among others, denounced Barron's "anti-Israel" stance.
On the issues, the two candidates had some variance. Jeffries worked to legalize same-sex marriage at the state level, while Barron opposed gay marriage. And in contrast to Barron's stated views on Israel, Jeffries has visited Israel as part of a community relations group.
Barron unabashedly stuck to his statements, even if they are viewed as alienating and controversial. Despite his abrasive remarks, however, he is admitted by many to be charming. Jeffries takes an opposite approach, seeking to unite a broad range of people. Rep. Yvette Clarke, among others, sees Jeffries as a rising star.
|U.S. House, New York District 8 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|New York Governor/Lt. Governor, 2010|
|Democratic||Andrew Cuomo/Robert Duffy||61%||2,910,876|
|Republican||Carl Paladino/Gregory Edwards||32.5%||1,547,857|
|Green||Howie Hawkins/Gloria Mattera||1.3%||59,906|
|Rent is 2 Damn High||Jimmy McMillan/No candidate||0.9%||41,129|
|Libertarian||Warren Redlich/Alden Link||1%||48,359|
|Anti-Prohibition||Kristin Davis/Tanya Gendelman||0.4%||20,421|
|Freedom||Charles Barron/Eva Doyle||0.5%||24,571|
|Election Results via New York State Board of Elections|
- Fox News, "Democrats Nervous About Possible Towns' Sucessor," June 15, 2012
- AP "2012 primary results"
- New York Times, "In Brooklyn, a Longtime Provocateur Surges in a Primary Race for Congress," June 15, 2012
- Politico, "Gillibrand rebukes Charles Barron," June 15, 2012
- Charles Barron campaign website "News," accessed June 18, 2012
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