A correspondent with labor ties offers this take on a potential challenge to Brooklyn Congressman Edolphus Towns:
Between organized labor and online groups*, there’s a significant amount of money available for a viable challenger against Towns (who really is viewed as a sellout). Defeating Towns would send a message of discipline that would be heard throughout the House Democratic caucus.
But Charles has a chicken-and-egg problem. He can’t win without *at least* $500k, but he probably can’t raise $500k unless there is confidence he can win.
On the other hand, even an under-funded Barron effort would give Towns a scare and force him to work hard for re-election – and keep him from straying from a progressive, pro-labor agenda. And that would be no small accomplishment.
*You’ve probably seen that the netroots have raised $130k for Henry Cuellar’s Democratic primary challenger: http://www.actblue.com/list/CiroforCongress