Jeffries and Velázquez Win Congressional Primaries

Hakeem Jeffries and Nydia Velázquez both handily won their Democractic party Congressional primaries yesterday, striking a blow against homophobia and North Brooklyn party machinery, respectively. Jeffries, who won by more than a 2-1 margin, had this to say at his victory party: “I’m going down to Washington to stand up for our children, to stand up for job creation, to stand up for civil rights, to stand up for senior citizens, and to stand up for our president, Barack Obama.” Not surprisingly, Barron did not go down graciously, blaming his defeat on “the white media,” “the Wall Street elite,” and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, according to The Times. Velázquez received 58 percent of the vote, while her three challengers split the balance. “Clearly the voters and constituents sent a clear message, that they are the ones who decide who represents their communities,” said Velázquez in reference to North Brooklyn party boss Vito Lopez’s attempt to block her from an 11th term.

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  • more like 2.5 to 1 and almost 3 to 1 in percentages CM Barron expected to do at least 40% … got creamed

  • Barron is much happier when he can blame, he’s probably thrilled.

  • “king a blow against homophobia and North Brooklyn party machinery”….and anti-semitism and anti-american. Good riddance to that p.o.s.

  • “king a blow against homophobia and North Brooklyn party machinery”….and anti-semitism and anti-american. Good riddance to that p.o.s.

  • Uh oh! Developers better stay cashflow green.

  • barron better be worried about the arab spring, it’s coming for him next!

  • Nydia Velzquez deserved to win. She’s a real advocate for her district, and an intelligent and progressive politician.

  • yea, the necessary racial use of “white” in your post certainly pegs you as a Barron supporter. As for working men, he’s for them only if they are the right color.

  • yea, the necessary racial use of “white” in your post certainly pegs you as a Barron supporter. As for working men, he’s for them only if they are the right color.

  • Barron’s loss means I won’t have to move. I think Towns only supported him so people would always remember him more fondly. (Now, it’s “Ed, don’t let the door hit you in the a**.”)

    Jeffries is a man of action and energy. Barron’s time has passed. The world has progressed–while he lives in his 1960s bubble.

    Regarding Velazquez’s win, I hope this is a sign that the Brooklyn machine is on the wane–I have a gay, Asian lawyer friend who was told bluntly that he’d never be allowed on the ballot for a judgeship. Lopez’s kapos only allow Hispanics, African Americans, and Caucasians with the “right” connections to run. And I always wondered why the judge candidates show up on the Dem/GOP/Cons and sometimes even RTL lines…

  • Barron’s loss means I won’t have to move. I think Towns only supported him so people would always remember him more fondly. (Now, it’s “Ed, don’t let the door hit you in the a**.”)

    Jeffries is a man of action and energy. Barron’s time has passed. The world has progressed–while he lives in his 1960s bubble.

    Regarding Velazquez’s win, I hope this is a sign that the Brooklyn machine is on the wane–I have a gay, Asian lawyer friend who was told bluntly that he’d never be allowed on the ballot for a judgeship. Lopez’s kapos only allow Hispanics, African Americans, and Caucasians with the “right” connections to run. And I always wondered why the judge candidates show up on the Dem/GOP/Cons and sometimes even RTL lines…