Hammer Time for Edolphus Towns

NYT PhotoNew York Times: In Brooklyn, an Alliance Is Broken in Quest to Unseat Towns: Representative Edolphus Towns was scheduled to remain in Washington on Wednesday evening and through today, leaving to the weekend his plans to campaign in his Brooklyn district for a 13th term in Congress.

But Mr. Towns, a Democrat, changed his mind and flew back to Brooklyn Wednesday evening so that he could campaign in a race against two well-known opponents who have sought to do a rare thing in New York politics: unseat an incumbent Democratic congressman.

Mr. Towns spent yesterday campaigning at a subway station and visiting a center for the elderly in Williamsburg.

“I just love campaigning,” the 72-year-old Mr. Towns said in an interview on the way to La Guardia Airport after leaving the center. “I’m focused on my campaign. I don’t take anything for granted.”

While Mr. Towns may be focused on his re-election battle, he faces two officials in the Democratic primary who seem to be focused at least as much on each other as they are on the veteran congressman.

Two months ago, the challengers — City Councilman Charles Barron and Assemblyman Roger L. Green — talked about joining forces and whether one should drop out of the race in order to defeat Mr. Towns. But since then, their deliberations have spiraled into a series of meetings, angry charges and accusations of betrayal.

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