Jeffries Sets Sights On D.C. Following Landslide Win
While it was a heated primary Tuesday, in the end it was virtually no contest as State Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries defeated City Councilman Charles Barron. NY1's Bobby Cuza filed the following report.
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He's long been seen as an up-and-comer in New York politics. Now, after a landslide win in Tuesday's Congressional primary, State Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries is likely headed to Washington D.C. where he said he plans to stand up for President Obama.
"I think he's doing a good job but he's got enemies all around him. But Brooklyn sent him a message today along with Queens that help is on the way," Jeffries said.
Jeffries easily prevailed over outspoken City Councilman Charles Barron with the backing of virtually the entire Democratic establishment, from Governor Andrew Cuomo down to some of the city's top elected officials, rallying support in a newly configured district that runs from Clinton Hill and Bed-Stuy to predominantly white neighborhoods like Howard Beach and Ozone Park.
"This gorgeous mosaic of the 8th Congressional District representing people of all persuasions and races and religions who came together to support this campaign," Jeffries said.
Barron, meanwhile, was not congratulatory in defeat, instead accusing the Jeffries campaign of character assassination after some of his supporters labeled Barron an anti-Semite.
"The opponent didn't stand up and say, 'I have enough money, I have enough backing to win, don't do that to another black man in front of the entire nation, don't do that,'" Barron said.
With the Democratic nomination in hand, Jeffries is now expected to cruise to victory in November in what is a heavily Democratic district.
As for Barron, he could conceivably run again in the general election on a third party line, but he said he wasn't thinking about that Tuesday night.