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When we last saw Charles Barron, the fiery City Councilman was eulogizing Muammar Qaddafi at a Black Nationalist tribute in Bed-Stuy. Now, he's announced his candidacy for Congress, in New York's 10th District, currently held by venerable, potentially vulnerable Ed Towns. Assembleyman Hakeem Jeffries also seems set to run in the 2012 Democratic primary, after redistricting; Barron previously ran for the seat in 2006, taking 35% of the vote in a three-way race (Towns won...
After an obscure, underreported scandal thrust Congressman Anthony Weiner from office, a special election scheduled for September has pitted Democratic Assemblyman David Weprin against Bob Turner, the conservative Republican who lost against Weiner last year with just 39 percent of the vote. If those both seem like small names (who and who?) for the district that has given us not only Weiner but also Chuck Schumer, it could be because the seat might...

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