You know, it would be just a little hypocritical for the progressives and their tools/organizations to paint someone who has a record of being ardently pro-Israel as an anti-Semite while simultaneously trying to get a man who claims Israel shouldn't be a state elected to Congress. And yet that's exactly what is happening in New York.
Two major city public worker unions, District Councils 37 and 1707 of the giant American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, have already endorsed Barron against Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, a relatively moderate legislator who has championed charter schools, a union bugaboo.
And BuzzFeed has learned that their powerful federal parent union, known as AFSCME, is planning to dive into the race on Barron's behalf. Another key New York State public workers union, the Civil Service Employees Association, meanwhile, blocked an AFL-CIO effort to endorse Barron's rival.
"We respect the voice of our members," AFSCME spokesman Chris Policano told BuzzFeed. "With the unanimous endorsement of the three affiliates, there will be money spent in this race.
Hot Air posted a list of just some of his controversial statements:
- At the House of the Lord Church in Brooklyn, June 17, 2010, he said the Jews aren’t really Jews:
“I am tired every time you criticize Israel, you are anti-Semitic. Well technically my pastor taught me about the Semitic people, the Semites are black.”
- On The death of Qaddafi
“Out there, they don’t know that Qaddafi was our brother. … People say ‘Didn’t he kill all those people?’ I say, ‘I don’t know anything. The man was a freedom fighter,” Councilman Barron said exemplifying the pro-Qaddafi sentiment expressed at the event.”
- In June of 2010 he told CBS News
“[Gaza] is a concentration camp and you’re deliberately causing the death of people and you cannot continue to justify that by saying that you’re trying to secure Israel or you’re fighting against terrorism.”
"I'd have a hard time electing a Black Panther into Congress," Glenn said on radio after reading the story.
"Unbelievable. You can't do anything else but hold your head in your palm," Stu added.
It's amazing how the mainstream media has pretty much ignored the comments on this guy, leaving blogs and other new media sites to point out that this guy may not be who you want in Congress. But of course, that hasn't stopped the unions from supporting him.
Glenn wondered if George Soros or another progressive group would be taking out a full page ad in the New York Times to protest Barron, much like they did when Glenn would show his support for Israel about a year ago. The more likely response from progressives, however, will be silence as Barron's opponent in the race "championed charter schools" and doesn't bow to the whim of the unions. Unsurprisingly, Israel doesn't rank as high as teachers unions when it comes to progressive priorities.