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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, representing 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.
With Ed Towns (D) retiring, Barron and state Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries sought the party nod in the June 26 Democratic primary. The winner faces Alan Bellone in the November general election, but the 8th is heavily Democratic, so the winner of the Democratic primary will likely be the next 8th district representative.
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 opposes 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|
- Fox News "Democrats Nervous About Possible Towns' Sucessor," June 15, 2012
- AP "2012 primary results"
- Sabato Crystal Ball "2012 House Ratings," June 13, 2012
- 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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