“MoveOn members are excited to hear that after too many years opposing the interests of the 99%, Rep. Ed Towns has finally decided to retire,” says the group in his official statement. “From his vote for CAFTA to his opposition to a free and open Internet, Rep. Towns had long ago stopped fighting for working families so he can support corporate special interests instead.”
Based on our inbox alone, it appears as if Mr. Towns was something of a less than beloved figure in the New York political world. When his colleague, longtime Rep. Gary Ackerman retired this year, the announcement was met with a host of good wishes from Mayor Mike Bloomberg on down. There has been no such outpouring today, something MoveOn seems to celebrate.
“Those positions left him with basically no support from the more than 19,000 MoveOn members in the new 8th District, and would have made him unlikely to prevail in June. Towns’ retirement is a victory for the 99%, and MoveOn members will continue to support leaders like Eric Griego in New Mexico and Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts who are fighting for the middle class.”
It remains to be seen where other progressive groups go now that the race is between Hakeem Jeffries and Charles Barron. Although Mr. Jeffries has been gathering support from labor unions and others, it is hard to get to the left of Mr. Barron, a former Black Panther.