Angry New Yorker

Monday, January 19, 2004
Time to impeach Councilman Charles Barron?

Charles Barron, councilman from the 42nd district of New York city in Brooklyn, has been an embarassment to New York city government from day one. His constant stream of outrageous antics along with his apparently intentional incendiary statements should have disqualified him from office. Apparently his district's voters didn't think so. But that's democracy, however.

Now he wants to run for mayor and bring his racially charged and quasi-racist agenda into the mayor's office. On a practical level he has absolutely no chance of winning, but his comments poison any discussion he's involved in. Consider his statement, quoted below in the story, that "[t]oo few white men have too much power, and that has to stop." If you substituted any other ethnic group for "white men" in that sentence the resulting uproar would immense. While I'm a strong support of free speech, and anti-PC, too boot, his world view has no place in city government.

Bottomline -- It's time for the voters in his district to give him the boot when he's up for reelection next year.

From NY1 News
Monday, January 19, 2004

Brooklyn Councilman Launches Campaign For Mayor

Brooklyn City Councilman Charles Barron has officially launched a campaign for mayor in 2005.

”I intend to be the 109th mayor of New York City,” Barron announced on the steps of City Hall Monday.

As mayor, Barron said, he would work to even what he calls an unequally balanced government. He said he would also work to preserve affordable housing, develop a “culturally relevant” curriculum for schools and use economic development as a means to fight crime.

“We're calling for a new structure in New York City,” the former Black Panther said. “We're calling for a racially-balanced, gender-balanced administration and structure of New York City. Too few white men have too much power, and that has to stop.”

The Democrat’s campaign committee has already been working on fundraising and organizing its finances.

Barron also plans to run for re-election to the City Council, even though running for two city offices is not allowed. Barron plans to challenge that rule in court.

The Republican incumbent, Michael Bloomberg, has indicated he wants to run for re-election, and other possible Democratic challengers include City Council Speaker Gifford Miller, City Comptroller Bill Thompson and former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer.

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