Jun 21, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
Excerpted from The Daily Caller: The Democratic Party is facing an awkward problem Thursday because white supremacist David Duke has endorsed the leading candidate in the Democratic Party’s primary race for a New York House seat.
Duke says he’s endorsing Charles Barron, the leading candidate for the 10th district primary on June 26, because of their shared emnity toward “zionists.”
Barron is an African-American city politician who has been slammed as an anti-white racist and as a Jew-hater. However, he’s already got the endorsement of the retiring Democratic congressman, Rep. Edolphus Towns.
If Barron wins the June 26 primary, he’s a shoo-in for election in November because the district is overwhelmingly Democratic.
His election would be unnerving for many Democrats, including Jewish Democrats. Recent polls say that traditionally high support among orthodox Jews for the Democratic Party is declining toward 50 percent.
Duke’s endorsement of a Democrat also muddies routine claims by progressives that many conservatives and libertarians are motivated by racism. GOP supporters say their beliefs are motivated by American idealism and old-style liberal ideas of tolerance and freedom.
In recent days the Democratic establishment, including New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, has reacted to Barron’s advance by supporting his rival, Hakeem Jeffries, another city councilman.