Brooklyn Officials for Obama Endorse Towns

Here’s a shot from an event in Brooklyn yesterday where central Brooklyn lawmakers who supported Barack Obama in the February 5 primary announced they’re endorsing Representative Ed Towns for reelection.

“I made the decision to support Senator Obama because of his message of change,” said State Senator John Sampson, in a public statement. “I made the decision to support Congressman Towns for this same reason. Towns’ seniority in Congress enables him to build strong relationships and alliances in order to bring the change needed that will move our great borough forward.”

The other elected officials included Towns’ son, Assemblyman Darryl Towns; State Senators Eric Adams and Kevin Parker; State Assemblymen Hakeem Jeffries and Karim Camara; and Borough President Marty Markowitz.

The endorsement is an attempt to push back against Towns’ challenger Kevin Powell, an Obama supporter who has tried to tie himself to the Democratic nominee’s supporters. Towns endorsed Hillary Clinton in the primary, but his district went overwhelmingly for Obama. Towns is trying not to let that be an opening for Powell.