Gillibrand Calls Dem. Congressional Candidate 'Anti-Israel'
Schumer stays silent.
6:05 PM, Jun 14, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has come out against fellow Democrat Charles Barron, a House candidate for the state's Eighth Congressional District. "Any candidate who is anti-Israel does not share Senator Gillibrand's values," says spokesman Glen Caplin in an email to THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
Barron, a New York City councilman from Brooklyn, has a history of comments questioning the legitimacy of the state of Israel and saying New York Jews "[walk] these streets as if they own them."
Gillibrand's spokesman says the senator is supporting Barron's Democratic opponent, Hakeem Jeffries, in the June 26 primary.
Gillibrand's colleague, New York senator Chuck Schumer, has not commented publicly on the race, and his office has not responded to multiple requests for comment. Likewise, the Democratic National Committee has not responded to requests for comment.
But fellow congressional Democrats Jerrold Nadler and Steve Israel (the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee) have denounced Barron and announced their support for Jeffries. And former New York City mayor Ed Koch, the National Jewish Democratic Council, and a number of other state and local Democratic officials have criticized Barron.
Retiring Democratic congressman Ed Towns, however, endorsed Barron. Towns currently represents the Tenth District, whose boundaries closely mirror the newly drawn Eighth. The district contains a sizable Jewish population.
An article from BuzzFeed reports that "senior Democrats" are "signalling" their support for Jeffries over Barron, with one anonymous Democrat calling Barron a "reckless clown."
At Tablet, Michael Moynihan documents Barron's rise from a radical "curiosity" to a potential member of the House of Representatives: