There's still more than a month to go before the general election but State Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, the Democratic candidate for a Brooklyn Congressional seat, is already laying down the groundwork for what will likely be his new job on Capitol Hill. Washington D.C. Bureau Reporter Erin Billups filed the following report for NY1.
While Hakeem Jeffries still has to beat a Republican opponent in the race for the Eighth Congressional District seat in November, it's clear his mind is already trained on the work he plans to tackle in the strong likelihood that he wins in the heavily Democratic district.
"We're still dealing with the ravages of the collapsed economy," Jeffries said. "We've got a foreclosure crisis that's devastating many neighborhoods in the Congressional district, including Bedford-Stuyvesant."
Jeffries has been asked to help with Democrats' efforts to win back control of the house and is building relationships with House Democratic leadership. He met with Leader Nancy Pelosi in July and recently gave Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer a tour of his Brooklyn neighborhood.
"Which was a wonderful opportunity for him to get to know some of the issues that I plan on working on here in the Congress," Jeffries said. "So the conversations have been very good. Everyone has been warm and embracing."
Jeffries is already condemning the partisan atmosphere in the House and defended the President.
"They've been trying to destroy President Obama and his capacity to get a second term from the very beginning when we have serious issues that the American people expect to be addressed," he said.
Before Jeffries can take on the opposition or work with them, he's got to officially win the election and then he's got to find a place to live. So far, he's ruled out sleeping in his Congressional office as a handful of members do.
"I was made aware there's a house pet problem within the House of Representatives so I quickly disabused myself of that notion."
Jeffries says he will be looking for Congressional roommates but that may have to wait until after the election.