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One of the funniest people in America will be in New York City tonight, holding a fundraiser for a long-shot Democratic candidate waging a primary battle against an entrenched incumbent.

Rep. Edolphus Towns narrowly survived arguably the greatest scare of his career in Congress in 2006. Towns defeated City Councilman Charles Barron and Assemblyman Roger Green in the Democratic primary with just 47% of the vote, capping off a series of close elections for the incumbent, who has served in Congress since 1983.

All things considered, there are a lot of worse Democrats in Congress than Ed Towns, but none of them represent D+41 districts (yes, you read that right). As NY-10 is the third-most Democratic district in the country, it is perhaps not surprising to see primary campaigns against an incumbent who voted for the bankruptcy bill, the estate-tax cut, and has been questionable at best in pursuing revitalization in his district. Towns has generally been solid on foreign affairs, but holds a few positions that are just bizarre, like when he lobbied the Clinton Administration to declare the Republic of India a "terrorist nation":

In July, Towns published a list of attacks on Christians indicating "the pattern of Indian terrorism against its minorities" and demanded that "India should be declared a terrorist nation." Towns, who is regularly provided material by the Council of Khalistan headed by Gurmit Singh Aulakh, alleged that the Chattisinghpora massacre was the handiwork of the Indian government. (The White House dismissed the allegation saying there is absolutely "no credible evidence" of any government involvement in the massacre.)

With Barron opting against another run, choosing instead to run for Brooklyn Borough President, the man opposing Ed Towns this year is Kevin Powell.

Powell is a former contestant on MTV's "Real World", activist, writer, and hip-hop authority. He staged an aborted campaign for the seat in 2006, and dropped out due to a slow fundraising pace and lack of campaign infrastructure.

He has also blogged several times at Huffington Post, on such issues as FISA, and ending violence against women (referencing his own history of four domestic-violence incidents between 1987 and 1991).

He has raised about $100K so far for the campaign, which he began in April. He hopes to raise and spend about $400K by the time of the September 9 primary, which will be a tall order, but he'll have the assistance of comedian Dave Chappelle, who will hold a fundraiser with Powell on Tuesday.

Towns has apparently come under fire for having endorsed Hillary Clinton (as did every other member of the New York Democratic delegation, of course). It seems that Powell's supporters are hoping to exploit this:

For Mr. Towns in Brooklyn, leftover tensions from the Clinton-Obama battle seem especially strong. An emerging young black political class is seeking to assert the neighborhood's power against what it sees as an older establishment, based in Harlem, that has long exercised disproportionate influence in New York. The younger Democratic activists link Mr. Meeks and Mr. Towns, the son of a North Carolina sharecropper and a 25-year veteran in Congress, to that structure.

Mr. Towns cannot afford to take the challenge lightly. Two years ago, he won with less than 50 percent of the vote in a three-way race. The man who is running against him now, Kevin Powell, is a community organizer who has the backing of celebrities like the comedian Dave Chappelle, who is scheduled to headline a fund-raiser for Mr. Powell.

Jordan Thomas, who led the organization Brooklyn for Barack, and Arthur Leopold, a fund-raiser for the Obama campaign, are backing Mr. Powell, as are several Democratic clubs, including the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, in part because of members' disappointment after Mr. Towns backed Mrs. Clinton.

Personally, I'm not especially persuaded by the argument that one should target their Representatives for having endorsed one Democratic candidate over another, except in extreme cases. Clinton is not Lieberman, obviously, plus she's the Senator from New York, and anyway it isn't as if there aren't a number of perfectly valid reasons to look at primarying Towns. Nevertheless, this particular issue has been fairly frequently bandied about in criticism of Towns (as with other New York Reps like Yvette Clark, Greg Meeks and even Charlie Rangel), and it could factor into Powell's long-shot upset bid.

So how strong a candidate will Powell be? It's difficult to say. He has a good bit of celebrity support, like Chappelle and George Soros, and that ought to help him raise money. He seems very intelligent, ambitious and has a fascinating personal story.

On the other hand, he has no existing political base in the district, as Barron and Green did last cycle. He has worked as a community organizer in the past, and seeks to register thousands of new voters for this election (Towns won with fewer than 20,000 votes last time), but given that he entered the race just four months before Primary Day, he has not given himself very much time in which to do that.

Now there are just two months before the election, and Powell's profile is still relatively low in the district, plus he has raised only a quarter of his target amount for the primary. It's never easy to knock off a 13-term incumbent - Towns has survived tough primary challenges in 1998, 2000 and 2006 - and the odds are against Powell here. It remains to be seen if he has the political skills to overcome them.

Regardless, this race is well worth keeping an eye on, if only to gauge Towns' vulnerability for 2010.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Wed Jul 09, 2008 at 12:05 PM PDT.

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  •  So Chappelle's ok now? (1+ / 0-)
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    He's over his breakdown?  Glad to hear it.

    •  He never had a breakdown, it was overblown (10+ / 0-)

      Barack Obama's smile can regrow hair - even for Karl Rove.

      by LoLoLaLa on Wed Jul 09, 2008 at 12:12:16 PM PDT

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    •  No Breakdown (7+ / 0-)

      No, from Chapelle's descriptions of it (including an Oprah appearance), it sounds like he just got taken by surprise when his contract got renewed for dozens of $millions, which was supposed to be a secret, but got broadcast in all kinds of newspapers, on radio and TV the day after he secured it. Which evidently got a lot of people he thought were friends to instantly start treating him really differently. So he kinda "freaked out", took some shock, not really any more of a breakdown than most people get if, say, they find out their girlfriend left them for another guy with a big bank account.

      He decided his career was growing too fast for him to keep his own priorities straight, maybe he himself saw an "I'm rich, be-atch" head trip coming on, and retracted the deal, and went to Africa to hang out with some people he trusted. The guy is still in his prime, and can afford to take a few years to cool off. As long as he values his sanity more than he values money.

      Which sounds extremely sane to me.

      "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

      by DocGonzo on Wed Jul 09, 2008 at 12:30:54 PM PDT

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      •  Should also note (1+ / 0-)
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        he was worth a lot of money to a giant corporation and (for whatever reason) he walked away from it. Soon stories of a "breakdown" appear in corporate-owned media....

        First they paid him nothing, then they tried to buy him.

        Moonves is evil, it should be remembered.  

  •  good to hear of fund raising (5+ / 0-)

      anywhere and anywhere for good Dem. candidates.

  •  Notes on NY-10 (6+ / 0-)

    from my congressional races series

    District: NY-10
    Location A V shaped portion of Brooklyn, NYC
    Representative Edolphus Towns (D)
    First elected  1982
    2006 margin 92-6  (! and his opponent was a Republican!)
    2004 margin 91-7 (!)
    Bush margin 2004 13-86
    Notes on opponents No money
    Current opponents None declared, although there is a primary challenger
    Demographics 27th lowest income (median = $30K), 11th fewest veterans (5.3%), 8th fewest Whites (16.2%), 9th most Blacks (60.2%), 3rd most Democratic
    Assessment You're kidding, right? He might lose a primary, though

  •  I'll be there tonight (6+ / 0-)

    already gave my $50....looking forward to the fundraiser

  •  towns is a disgrace (8+ / 0-)

    i'm so over having safe dem seats occupied such asshats. powell is indeed a long shot, but he's trying his best to tap into the obama wave that could very well be beginning to swell in NY-10.

    would powell be a great congressman? i have no idea. i do, however, know tghat it's almost certain he'd be a damn sight better than towns.

    "after the Rapture, we get all their shit"

    It's time: the albany project.

    by lipris on Wed Jul 09, 2008 at 12:10:26 PM PDT

  •  Too bad Dave quit his show (1+ / 0-)
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    Otherwise he could have self-funded and taken care of Towns himself :)

    •  Not too bad. (6+ / 0-)
      He got out while the getting out was good. The suits took creative control of the show and were trying to morph it from a clever satire of racial prejudices and bigotry, into just being a string of racially insensitive jokes with no hidden insight or meaning. If you ever saw the infamous "nigger pixie" skit, which is what Chappelle has cited in several interviews as being what made him decide to quit, you'll know what I mean. I got the "lost episodes" DVD of the finished skits from the third season and they were almost unwatchable. It was clear something had happened behind the scenes. Chappelle was just one of the ONLY celebrities with the self-respect to choose dignity over a pay-check.

      Anyway, Comedy Central got their fix for meaningless racial stereotype "laughs" with Carlos Mencia, the George Bush of comedy.

      If I see another FISA diary, the Can-I-haz-Cheeseburger cat gets it!

      by OReillysNightmare on Wed Jul 09, 2008 at 12:15:50 PM PDT

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  •  I'll be there (4+ / 0-)
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    lipris, oceanview, TheJohnny, malharden

    New Yorkers are ready for real change in 2008.

  •  No, I'm not going for the cheap "Rick James" joke. (6+ / 0-)
    That's done to death. Here, check out this from his "Killing them Softly" HBO special:

    Funniest man alive is right. Also check out his Blockparty doc. He never left. He's been on the circuit the past few years, staying out of the spotlight though.

    If I see another FISA diary, the Can-I-haz-Cheeseburger cat gets it!

    by OReillysNightmare on Wed Jul 09, 2008 at 12:10:50 PM PDT

  •  Kevin Powell beats women (5+ / 1-)

    No me gusta

    Barack Obama's smile can regrow hair - even for Karl Rove.

    by LoLoLaLa on Wed Jul 09, 2008 at 12:12:34 PM PDT

  •  Yeah, the Clinton thing is a lame angle of attack (2+ / 0-)
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    TheJohnny, brooklynliberal

    Vote for this Democrat over that Democrat because that Democrat endorsed the other Democrat.


    •  In a district that is so heavily Black (0+ / 0-)

      it might work, even if it is kinda ridiculous

      •  I could see that it might work (2+ / 0-)
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        our gal in brooklyn, plf515

        I just think it's a destructive, idiotic strategy. And when Clinton runs for reelection and (if) Powell is in office, is he not going to endorse her? Of course he will.

        Powell's team is just setting him up for being a hypocrite down the road.

        •  Disagree (1+ / 0-)
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          It's yucky that HRC is an easy negative.  Hello? - she's from New York, that's where the loyalty was.

          But since he's the underdog and it's an overwhelmingly Black district, it's smart.

          By the time re-election rolls around, this will be forgotten.  

    •  Hate to say it was happening around here (0+ / 0-)

      during the primaries, when a few diarists opposed Jackie Speier who was running in the special election to fill the late Tom Lantos' seat because she was a Clinton supporter. Fortunately she won handily -- and she's proving to be a good progressive voice; she voted against the FISA bill in the House IIRC.

      Then again, if Towns is as ineffective for his district as it seems to appear, a strong primary challenge could send a message to him and other Congressfolk who are more interested in feathering their political nests than in serving the constituents who put them there.

      "Old soldiers never die -- they get young soldiers killed." -- Bill Maher

      by Cali Scribe on Wed Jul 09, 2008 at 12:32:09 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, I find this kind of gross. (1+ / 0-)
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      And I can't stand Hillary Clinton, but I am not going to fault a New York politician for endorsing her any more than I am an Illinois politician for endorsing Obama. That's totally normal.

      They would be completely screwed to not endorse their home-state candidate -- even if their candidate lost, they would have to work with them and we all know how vindictive the Clintons can be.

      •  Nobody cares about the CLinton endorsement (1+ / 0-)
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        Politically active members of the 10th district have been trying for 4+ years to get rid of Towns.

        He is horrible.  He isn't smart, he doesn't bring home bacon, and he doesn't accomplish anything.  

        This has literally nothing to do with a CLinton endorsement.

        PLEASE listen to those of us who live in Bklyn-10:  Towns is horrible.

        DO NOT support him.

  •  Chappelle (0+ / 0-)

    Dave Chappelle's a one trick pony, bitch.

  •  People-powered-Powell (1+ / 0-)
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    For those of you who have never read or heard Kevin Powell, he's very talented and very bright.

    Though I've moved away from the the ugly, harsh and sometimes corrupt politics of NYC (without regrets) I can say with no hesitation that if I were still there I'd be wearing out some shoe-leather for Powell. NY's community level politics can be ugly and full of glad-handing egomaniacs.

    He is a progressive and deserves some people-power. Give him some attention this year if you have any to spare.

    John McCain: Like Hope, But Different.

    by malharden on Wed Jul 09, 2008 at 12:15:00 PM PDT

  •  Also on Towns (5+ / 0-)

    He also voted for the Central American Free TRade Agreements, one of only 15 Democrats to do so.
    Disclosure: I have given money to Powell and support his race.

  •  We can do better.. (1+ / 0-)
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    Adam B

    ...than a former reality show contestant with a history of violence against women.

    Powell admits to a volatile temper described in his book "Who's Gonna Take the Weight?" He cites two college incidents, "one where I hit a female student in the head with a stapler during the course of an argument, and the other where I got into a punch-throwing exchange with a female student I had sexed and then discarded like an old pair of shoes."

    Powell ultimately got expelled from Rutgers for pulling a knife on a female student during an argument. The pattern continued when Powell mentally and physically abused a girlfriend in 1991.

    He says that was the last time he raised his hand to a woman. But Powell got arrested in 2001 after hitting and smashing the glasses of a fellow writer and showed up in a gossip column in 2004 for punching and biting yet another scribe at a nightclub.

    "I take full responsibility for it. Huge mistake on my part," Powell says of the 2004 fracas. "I let myself down and a lot of other people down."

    •  You run, and we'll vote for you. (3+ / 0-)
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      oceanview, Paul Newell, bperk

      The question, though, is is Powell better than Towns.

      John McCain: Like Hope, But Different.

      by malharden on Wed Jul 09, 2008 at 12:23:50 PM PDT

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      •  Somehow, somewhere (0+ / 0-)

        Along the line

        Some Kos'ers seem to have forgotten that "Lesser Evil" can apply to solid-Dem-district Dem Primaries just as much as it can in National/State-wide elections.

        I know nothing about Powell, but I know he cannot possibly be less intelligent, more lazy or more worthless than Rep. Towns has been for decades.

    •  He is a forceful and vocal advocate for ending (0+ / 0-)

      violence against women. He seems to acknowledge his past mistakes. That counts for more than his past history, to me, so long as it is past history. After all, Dennis Kucinich was a race baiter back in the day and Paul Wellstone voted for DOMA. I would be willing to give either man the benefit of the doubt on changed behavior on those 2 issues.

      I am wondering whether the writers referred to here

      He says that was the last time he raised his hand to a woman. But Powell got arrested in 2001 after hitting and smashing the glasses of a fellow writer and showed up in a gossip column in 2004 for punching and biting yet another scribe at a nightclub.

      are women? Not that it's ok if he hit men either so recently.

      •  One was male at least (0+ / 0-)

        but someone who can't control their temper enough to not get arrested (and convicted in the 2001 case at least) isn't suitable to be a Rep.  Perhaps if there was only one incident OR if the pattern of inappropriate/violent behavior was far in the past.  However, multiple violent incidents during the current Administration indicates a person who has maturity or self-control issues.  He might be better than Townes, but he's not a good candidate for membership in the House.  Brooklyn could come up with a much better candidate.  

        •  You make a good point, thanks. (0+ / 0-)

          I think there are some good reasons to support Powell over Towns, but I like to consider all of a candidates flaws as well as positives.

          I don't actually know that Brooklyn can do better next time. Incumbents are very difficult to oust, and Kevin Powell is a much better than Charles Barron as a new Congressperson. But it does give me pause that Powell has had a physical confrontation with someone in the past 5 years. To me that is a maturity thing. If it had been 10 years ago I would be willing to say: the past is past. But that is too current for me to entirely discount.

          I'm also not crazy about the "payback for endorsing Clinton" meme. Yuck. Even though I don't like Clinton, it seems exploitative.

          Then again, it sounds like on average Powell will advocate for better things than Towns. Towns has an attendance problem with showing up for some bills, and as noted above has taken gratuitously conservative stands on bizarre bill, at odds with a generally liberal voting record.

  •  How can I help you get elected? (0+ / 0-)

    Walk to Queens and get me a set of left handed golf clubs.

    Common sense is not so common

    by Dr DungButter on Wed Jul 09, 2008 at 12:20:31 PM PDT

  •  Towns endorsed Giuliani's re-election in 1997! (7+ / 0-)

    I'm not against Towns for endorsing Clinton. Like you said, most of the New York delegation did. But I do have a BIG PROBLEM with the fact that Ed Towns endorsed Rudy Giuliani's reelection in 1997.  He used to be my Congressman, but I stopped voting for him when he did that. There is ABSOLUTELY NO EXCUSE for that, especially given the lack of sensitivity - no, CONTEMPT - that Giuliani has shown toward African-Americans.  Ys, Ed Towns needs to go! Kevin Powell would be a vast improvement.

  •  Were are #s 1 and 2 (2+ / 0-)
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    oceanview, our gal in brooklyn

    As NY-10 is the third-most Democratic district in the country...

    So what are #s 1 and 2?  I'm brimming with curiousity.

    My guesses are Barbara Lee's district (Oakland and Berkeley) at #1 and Nancy Pelosi's district at #2.

    It turns out that Bush IS a uniter... he united the good half of the country virulently against him.

    by fizziks on Wed Jul 09, 2008 at 12:26:05 PM PDT

  •  Clinton/Obama endorsements (1+ / 0-)
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    Paul Newell

    The Times framed the Powell/Towns race in terms of Obama/Clinton support, but that's a convenient frame rather than an accurate reflection of the dissatisfaction in the district with someone who is widely seen as a do-nothing Congressman. I was at the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats endorsement meeting where Powell received the endorsement, and the excitement was all about Powell's energy and his policy ideas, contrasted with a stale Ed Towns. Towns' endorsement of Clinton was not at issue. Everyone here in New York knew that our electeds would have to back Clinton; it would have been silly to expect otherwise, at least in the early days of the primary season.  

    Sculpture is like farming. If you just keep at it, you can get quite a lot done. Ruth Asawa

    by BrooklynWeaver on Wed Jul 09, 2008 at 12:26:18 PM PDT

    •  Everyone in the district (1+ / 0-)
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      Knows the issue wasn't, and never will be, a Clinton endorsement.

      Non-district folks:  Please, PLEASE don't contribute to Towns for this absurd reason!!

      We dislike Towns because he's an awful Congressman.  He's not smart, he adds nothing to the Caucus, and he doesn't bring home bacon to the district.

      There's absolutely nothing to like about him.

  •  Towns Is My Lame Congressmember (6+ / 0-)

    Ed Towns is a lame, lazy Congressmember. For example, he oversees the US Postal Service, but our own service here in his downtown Brooklyn district (regularly numbered, 3 centuries old) is really bad. He doesn't distinguish himself much in other ways.

    But he does show up to support Congressional actions like impeaching Bush and Cheney, which is very popular here. However, none of them ever get accomplished, so his influence, despite his long term of "service", is clearly fairly impotent.

    This D+41 district, full of very active people (Spike Lee grew up on my block), deserves a better Democrat. Charles Barron is not one: he's a straight-up racist militant from Bedford-Stuyvesant (who's let his own City Council district constituents get screwed over and again, but still gets their votes so he doesn't bother working so hard for them). Barron isn't running (and I hope he doesn't get the largely ceremonial Brooklyn Boro President office from which to shoot off his mouth).

    I don't know anything about Kevin Powell yet (haven't even clicked the link). I'm a big fan of Chapelle, who made his "concert" movie down the street towards Bed-Stuy, but Hollywood endorsements (even from smart, politically astute people like Chapelle) don't impress me if the candidate doesn't already. But I'm glad that Towns faces a vigorous primary, rather than just lazy his way through an election and another term.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Wed Jul 09, 2008 at 12:26:46 PM PDT

    •  He's absolutely hideous (2+ / 0-)
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      brooklynliberal, BlueBrooklyn

      Sorry to say it, but Towns is an abominable rep in a district that very much deserves a plum Democrat.

      Towns hasn't accomplished much of anything, ever.

      The Postal Service in Brooklyn is an absolute disaster, and that is supposedly Town's strength.

      I couldn't agree more that Bed-Stuy community members are being duped by a man they met decades ago & hasn't done a thing for them since.

      Furthermore, the "Make India a Terrorist Nation" is par for the course in a district where small militant black churches dot every other streetcorner.  I'm sure this played well with some element of the (black, dem) Christian nutso crowd.

      He's horrid, and I much doubt anybody capable of breathing could be worse.

      Towns is the type of Rep who doesn't even want to be seen -- When the Dems were doing that everybody-talks-about-Iraq-for-a-few-minutes stint in the House last year, he snuck in after midnight.  Way to represent the 10th!

      I live on Spencer Street right off Dekalb.

      Furthermore, Brownsox, there's a lot of young white people in the district too now, and a ton more moving in.

      I'm hoping the demography takes back this seat.

      •  I agree w/miguel (0+ / 0-)

        My family has been in District 10 (Fort Greene) since 4 yrs before Ed Towns was first elected (1979).  This race is certainly more about entrenched, corporate politicos vs the net using, youth and community activist "new" base.  Kevin Powell, despite his being tagged as an abuser of women has actually done years of work as a domestic violence educator and has the full support of my mother in law, a 36 year veteran in the Domestic Violence area of Social Services.  This race IS about his (Towns) support of Hillary as well, as this shows a politician more concerned with his own private chits than with a district that went close to 80% for Obama. The man does not respond to his constituents at all, not even with a form letter or staffer email. (been there, still waiting)
        Times up pal--I and most of the new Brooklyn Dems will be doing what we can to use the BHO opportunity to shake up the NY Dem machine and get real progressives in office.

  •  well shit, if Chappelle supports him, (0+ / 0-)

    I'll have to scrape up a coupla bucks to send this kid.

    "The Bible is not my book nor Christianity my profession. I could never give assent to the long, complicated statements of Christian dogma." - Abraham Lincoln

    by Jerry 101 on Wed Jul 09, 2008 at 12:31:56 PM PDT

  •  Clarification. (3+ / 0-)
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    brownsox, malharden, Paul Newell

    Brooklyn for Barack does not endorse candidates. Some of our members personally support Kevin, but this is not an organized effort.

  •  Dave Chapelle rules! (0+ / 0-)

    I remember freaking out when they cut to the audience at one of the Democratic debates and there was Dave Chapelle.  He was calmly and legitimately watching, but somehow it gave the rest of the whole debate kind of a "Borat" feel, like the whole thing was a skit now.  That wasn't a bad thing, though...  I kinda liked it. :)

    I remember Kevin Powell from The Real World.  He was pretty much of a jerk when he was on that show, but maybe he's changed since then... it was a long time back.  And even when he was a jerk, he was still undoubtedly very intelligent.

    If anybody ever supports Puck Rainey for office, though, I'm gonna have to put my foot down...

    "Those who dance appear insane to those who can't hear the music." - George Carlin (R.I.P.)

    by shadetree mortician on Wed Jul 09, 2008 at 12:35:58 PM PDT

  •  Wasn't Powell kicked off "The Real World" (1+ / 0-)
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    For making the women (including, I seem to recall a black female) uncomfortable??

    Dulce bellum inexpertis [War is sweet only to those who have no experience of it].

    by Fatherflot on Wed Jul 09, 2008 at 12:36:59 PM PDT

    •  See this (1+ / 0-)
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      From the wikipedia entry on the first season (1992) of The Real World:

      Episode 11: Norman and Eric arrive home, where Julie, crying and very upset explains that she and Kevin had a fight about a phone call and that Kevin threw a candleholder at her. She is scared of Kevin, and never wants to be alone with him again. Kevin denies brandishing the candleholder and says that the fight wasn't his fault, because Julie was rude to him on the phone and may have cost him a job. Eric states that he is really pulling for Julie, because he observes that Kevin behaves the way he did when he was in trouble as a teen. Kevin, feeling that he needs some space, goes back to Jersey City and walks through his old neighborhood with his girlfriend where the two visit his mother. After some time, he decides to return to the house to deal with the situation with Julie. The two go outside and continue to argue about the fight and differences. After much yelling and harsh words, they calm down and apologize to each other. Kevin and Eric throw a big birthday party, during which a female guest claims to have been assaulted by Heather, which results in Heather being questioned by the police.

      Dulce bellum inexpertis [War is sweet only to those who have no experience of it].

      by Fatherflot on Wed Jul 09, 2008 at 12:41:32 PM PDT

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    •  No - that's a different Kevin (0+ / 0-)

      Right?  This guy (Powell) was in the first season of "The Real World" - NYC and he was a hip hop journalist.

      You're thinking of the stand up comedian Kevin, who was also black -  racist :) - and it was in L.A. or San Fran.

      That season had:
      the lady cop (Irene?)
      the country music singer
      Dominic the Irish guy
      that crazy bandana chick who never did her hair and felt threated and wanted Kevin to leave
      Kevin the stand up comic
      the blonde surfer

      ...I think.  I was 11 or 12 and Seattle would be the last season I would watch.

      •  Real World "David" kicked off, not Kevin (0+ / 0-)

        From Wikipedia


        One of the season's most controversial highlights occurs early in the season when the roommates are in the girl's bedroom, and David tries to pull the blankets off of Tami, who screams that she is not fully dressed. As Tami and BethS struggle to hold onto the bedcover, David pulls it (and them) into the corridor, where Tami is left in her underwear, before dashing into a bathroom. Dominic watches from across the hall, and Jon, thinking the three are enjoying a playful episode, slaps the floor where Tami and BethS are deposited, in the style of a wrestling referee, after David escapes with the blankets. Emerging from the bathroom in a robe, Tami places David's boots into a toilet and pours mouthwash on his bed. Finding David hiding in a closet, Tami kicks and slaps him. When David expresses surprise at Tami's anger, arguing that she and Beth were on the floor laughing along with him during the blanket pull, Tami asserts that it "wasn't not funny," and is so upset that she leaves the house for the night. Beth reacts by comparing David's reasoning to a rapist's rationale that his victim asked to be raped, a comparison that David angrily rejects. When David discovers what Tami did to his boots, he charges the women's bedroom, but is dissuaded from doing anything. When she returns to the house, she, Beth and Irene tells the men that they no longer feel safe with David in the house, and will leave if he does not. David moves out, but had later mended fences with Tami by the time of a reunion show with the combined casts of the first four seasons of The Real World, that took place years later, in which he said he took responsibility for pulling Tami's blanket, but not for "being called a rapist".
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  •  Through I've met Powell (2+ / 0-)
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    our gal in brooklyn, malharden

    and he really has made himself avaliable in Fort Greene with many events, and I'm part of his e-mail list, and he seems to be grassroots and such (who could be worst than Towns), he still needs more support here.

    Much more.

  •  I used to live in NY11. He has a good chance. (1+ / 0-)
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    our gal in brooklyn

    Right now, the only real political party infrastructure in Brooklyn is Brooklyn for Barack (and its neighborhood groups) and CBI (Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats).  If Powell has the backing of those two groups, the incumbent has very little chance of holding that seat.  CBI is THE Democratic club for that area.  They are the ones who get the people out to the polls.

    (FYI, I left New York and my district only six months ago, so I'm pretty confident that the dynamics have not changed.)

  •  I have to give Towns money!!! (0+ / 0-)

    The idea of a rep being hurt for endorsing HIllary is unneaceptable so I had planned to give him momey but forgot.

    Sorry I have to run to the Senate floor to abolish torture.

    by bten on Wed Jul 09, 2008 at 12:48:29 PM PDT

  •  Two things: (2+ / 0-)
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    our gal in brooklyn, malharden

    A) Kevin Powell rocks ass and deserves Netroots support. He'll be great in Congress.

    B) Several months ago, Dave Chappelle and his family came into the Starbucks at Union Square in NYC, where I was sitting and sketching. The place went nuts. Because I had several drawing pencils and pens on my table, all these tough gangster-looking guys of all races kept coming up to me, all giggly and excited, to borrow pen and paper to get Chappelle's autograph. Chappelle was super-gracious and talked to everybody who approached him.

    Great guy, suporting a great candidate.

    Yo, Slappy:

    by scottbateman on Wed Jul 09, 2008 at 12:51:09 PM PDT

  •  Dave Chappelle (1+ / 0-)
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    our gal in brooklyn

    is truly a brilliant comic. I would love to see him perform again.

  •  Erm, ah... NO (0+ / 0-)

    Hey I'm happy Mr. Powell has cleaned up his act and is a great community organizer. He's also a handsome guy, and I'm sure he's very personable. He also has a nice website.

    But a FOUR TIME perp on violence against women? Pray tell, what made him see the light? Getting tossed out of Rutgers?

    When we get accused by the other side of our 'moral relativism', this is exactly the kind of stuff they are talking about. We would never let this go if it were 'their' guy, why accept it in ours?

    Sorry kids, but this is not the type of candidate we want on our team. Have you lost your minds? I don't care how bad Towns is - there must be a better candidate out there.

    PS - Dave Chappelle rocks.

    '220, 221 - whatever it takes'

    by randiego on Wed Jul 09, 2008 at 04:30:16 PM PDT

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