Incumbents Supporting Obama Choose Towns Over Powell

Democratic Congressional challenger Kevin Powell has been linking himself to Barack Obama in one way or another for some time now. But his effort to compare himself to the presidential nominee may suffer after tomorrow.

At 2 p.m. at Brooklyn Borough Hall, a number of local elected officials who are also Obama supporters–State Senators Eric Adams, Kevin Parker and John Sampson, along with Assembly members Karim Camara and Hakeem Jeffries–will be endorsing incumbent Ed Towns for re-election.

UPDATE: Powell fund-raiser Arthur Leopold responding by first noting that the Towns campaign put the wrong district number in the release–it says the 13th, but Towns represents the 10th Congressional district. "We’re fine with having Congressman Towns elected to the 13th Congressional District, we’re running in the 10th!" Leopold emailed.

Then, he brushed aside the endorsement. "I couldn’t imagine state legislatures NOT endorsing their Congressman, regardless of their affiliation during the Presidential contest. "

UPDATE II: Powell campaign advisor Arthur Schwartz sent a statement from Powell that says, "We are disappointed that these elected officials, who stood with their constituents in the February 7, 2008 Presidential primary are now standing with a Congressman who stood opposed to his constituents. Towns continues to be so absent from his District."  Powell also tried to reclaim the Obama mantle, saying, "Most long-time supporters of the Barack Obama candidacy are supporting Kevin Powell for Congress."

[It should be noted that the presidential primary in New York was February 5, not February 7.]