David Duke heartily concurs with this worldview, all too common on the Left today (see here for a list of many others). “I certainly agree with Barron that Israel is the worst rogue terrorist state on Earth. It’s not Iran folks,” Duke contends. “Barron is certainly right about Zionist control over the media and our government, and the treason that’s existed in our Congress and he’s right about the fact that Zionist wars have caused the death or harming of hundreds of thousands of Americans and cost you trillions of your tax dollars. Barron’s opponent, on the other hand, is a complete Zionist sellout of both the black people and all the people of America.”
Duke’s endorsement notwithstanding, whoever wins the Democrat primary nomination is a virtual shoo-in in the November election, due to the 8th Congressional district’s overwhelmingly Democrat composition. And while most of New York’s Democrat establishment, including powerhouse New York Senator Chuck Schumer, is backing Jeffries, retiring incumbent Rep. Edolphus Towns has endorsed Barron. Towns has been the incumbent since 1983, and it remains to be seen how much influence he still wields.
Barron is also receiving considerable support from two major city government worker unions, District Councils 37 and 1707 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). “He’s always been there when we asked him to be there,” said DC 1707 political action director G.L. Tyler. Barron’s track record of remarks? Tyler insisted issues outside New York City government are “not our concern.” They might also be of little concern to parts of the new district, such as East New York and Brownsville, that Barron has represented on City Council since 2001. Still another X factor in the primary is turnout. It is expected to be low, and the political speculation suggests that Bedford-Stuyvesant, with as many as 9000 votes up for grabs, could turn the election one way or the other. Both campaigns have flooded the area looking for support.
Jeffries has a vastly superior amount of money to spend, and the backing of progressive groups like MoveOn, the Working Families Party and most of New York’s government unions. Barron has superior name-recognition and a devoted fan base. No polls have been taken in this race, and this is the first time the primary vote will be held in June, exacerbating efforts to get out the vote for either side.
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