Justin Brannan (D) continues to pack on the endorsements. This week the Democratic candidate secured a nod from Rep. Jerrold Nadler of the 10th Congressional District covering western Brooklyn and Manhattan.
“I am proud to endorse Justin Brannan for City Council,” said Nadler. “Plain and simple, Justin is the right individual for the job. From public transportation to education, Justin has a long record of getting things done.
“Moreover, I know Brooklyn will have a strong fighter ready to stand up against President Trump’s policies and rhetoric. I am confident that Justin will do what’s right for the diverse communities of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach and Bensonhurst and make sure everybody has a seat at the table.”
The veteran Congress member continues his embattled association with President Trump, first by opposing high-profile real estate ventures in the 1980s and now officially denouncing the president’s response to events in Charlottesville which led to the death of Heather Heyer, struck and killed by a white-supremacist motorist.
“The President’s remarks following the violence in Charlottesville over the weekend are a moral outrage,” said Nadler in a statement. “Refusing to completely and unambiguously denounce white supremacist groups and individuals provides encouragement for their bigoted, nationalist ideology and policies. This is not the position of the United States government, and we must send a clear message to President Trump that his comments are not only wrong, but an affront to the moral convictions and ideals of this country.”
On August 18, Nadler sponsored a congressional bill condemning and censuring the president. Nearly 80 Democrats have joined the charge by co-sponsoring the bill.
Representatives, Yvette Clarke, Hakeem Jeffries and Nydia Velasquez who rallied to retitle street signs named after Confederate soldiers in Fort Hamilton Army Base, last week, were among the Democrats who co-sponsored the bill. Brannan along with his opponent the Rev. Khader El-Yateem were also in attendance.
Nadler’s bill and endorsement comes on the heels of a comment Brannan made earlier this month when he spoke out against President Trump’s reluctance to reference or renounce white supremacist.
“It means so much to receive Congressman Nadler’s support, said Brannan. “He’s a true champion for all New Yorkers and serves as a great example of how to be a leader that protects our most vulnerable neighbors and citizens. I am eager to work with Congressman Nadler as your next City Council member.”
Nadler is the first congressman to endorse a Democratic candidate in the race for city council in the 43rd district. On the GOP side Congressman Dan Donovon officially endorsed Liam McCabe last week.