Liberal Luminaries Raise For Towns

A reader passed along this invitation for a fundraiser for Congressman Ed Towns attended by a host of liberal lions from the House: former Black Panther Bobby Rush, Barbara Lee, the Oakland Congresswoman who cast the lone “No” vote to authorize the war in Afghanistan, and Dennis Kucinich, whom Anderson Cooper once told in a debate that he thought it would be impossible to find someone to the left of him.

Towns, who turns 76 this month, has been plagued by retirement rumors, and is again facing a challenge from activist and former “Real World” star Kevin Powell. A host of local polticos are said to be waiting to run for that seat when Towns steps down, including Charles Barron, a former Black Panther himself, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, Councilmember Tish James, and Towns’ son, Daryl, who also serves in the Assembly.