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Barron makes the fight against Rep. Ed Towns a three-way

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Firebrand Councilman Charles Barron has joined the battle to unseat 30-year Rep. Ed Towns — adding another big name candidate to the 2012 race.

Barron made the announcement in East New York on Sunday, promising to take his “tell it like it is” attitude all the way to Washington.

“We are going to be the voice of our people,” said Barron. “We’re sick and tired of both the Democrats and the Republicans in Washington, because it doesn’t matter who gets in office. We still have a corporate elite running a two-party system, so we’re saying, ‘No’ to that.

“We gotta be the voice of the people and tell it like it is everywhere,” he continued. “I don’t know if I’m going to get a single bill passed and I don’t care. We’re going to rock ’em.”

Barron, a former Black Panther whose rants against the city leadership has put him at odds with Speaker Christine Quinn — and has marginalized his own clout in City Hall — acted as if he’s already won.

But he still has a long way to go: the primary featuring himself, Towns and Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries (D–Fort Greene), is 10 months away, and Barron has yet to file with the Federal Elections Commission. Jefferies, on the other hand, has more than $170,000 cash to begin his campaign against Towns, who has just $11,000 in his war chest right now.

Being an incumbent, however, he will likely raise more than $1 million by next summer.

Towns also has history on his side: he has represented the district, which spans from Fort Greene to Canarsie, for three decades. He’s also run against Barron before — and won. The councilman ran against Towns in 2006 in a three-way race for the Democratic nomination, losing 48-37 percent, with third-place finisher Roger Green picking up 15 percent.

Barron has quite a reputation for running for office — and losing. He routinely throws his hat in the race to be elected Council Speaker, but ends up being the only one voting for him. He also lost last year’s governor’s race, getting fewer votes than Jimmy McMillon of “The Rent is Too Damn High” fame.

But Barron brings an insurgent’s energy to the race. Of the three candidates, he’s the only one known for his opposition to Walmart’s plans to bring a big box stores to southern Brooklyn — a position he mentions pretty much wherever he goes.

A spokeswoman for Jeffries campaign wouldn’t comment on Barron’s entry to the race. A spokesman for Towns said Barron is more than welcome to enter the race — and lose right alongside Jeffries.

“Congressman Towns has something that neither candidate has: a record of taking on banks and insurance companies,” Towns spokesman Hank Sheinkopf said. “He’s going to run on that record and get re-elected.”

Reach reporter Thomas Tracy at ttracy@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2525.

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judahspechal from bedstuy says:
Anybody but Emperor Towns. This "Poverty Pimp" has just co-sponsored a bill in Congress to overturn the law that prohibits telemarketers from calling your cellphone.
Nov. 30, 2011, 10:48 am
Homey from Crooklyn says:
Charles Barron...a waste of oxygen and skin.
Nov. 30, 2011, 10:58 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
At least Charles Barron stands for something...Hakim Jeffries doesn't impress me at all...I think he is an empty suit and would be way over his head in Congress.
Nov. 30, 2011, 11:57 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
At least Charles Barron stands for something...Hakim Jeffries doesn't impress me at all...I think he is an empty suit and would be way over his head in Congress.
Nov. 30, 2011, 11:57 am
Tisha Anuspoo from Crown Heights says:
Sounds like Joey from CH just hates blacks. Probably an inferiority complex.
Nov. 30, 2011, 1:01 pm
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
Miss Anuspoo, you sound like a knick knack, patty-whack Nig-Nog!
Booch !
Dec. 1, 2011, 11:14 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
I hate blacks!
Dec. 3, 2011, 11:31 am
The Duck from Williamsburg says:
Baron never wins because he has yet to apply for the position he is qualified for DOG CATCHER. He is a waste of time space and oxygen. Hopefully he will come and get squashed before he become too annoying.
Dec. 3, 2011, 6:29 pm

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