Democratic Representative Ed Towns of Brooklyn, who had an unexpectedly strong primary challenge two years ago, won the endorsement of a local Democratic club, the Independent Neighborhood Democrats, last night.
I.N.D. is located in the 52nd Assembly District (Park Slope, Cobble Hill, etc.) and could conceivably have gone for Towns’ challenger–the younger, Obama-supporting Kevin Powell.
The president of the club, which opted not to endorse Towns or either of his two challengers (Charles Barron and Roger Green) in 2006, said they came around because Towns can “bring home the bacon” now that Democrats are in the majority.
“With the Democrats being in the majority it would make sense for Brooklyn to have a senior incumbent, someone who has been in the house for a long time,” I.N.D. president Bob Zuckerman told me. “People who are more senior can bring home the bacon and really have an enhanced chance of getting things done.”