Awkward swing in south Brooklyn City Council race as Dem boss Bichotte slams Brannan over old harassment case

Things in Brooklyn’s most-watched City Council race have taken an awkward turn.

Just a week before the Nov. 7 election, Democratic party leadership in the borough took aim at Democratic nominee, Council Member Justin Brannan for his alleged involvement in harassing a former City Council staffer with autism. Brannan says the claims are bogus, and a number of Democratic district leaders in Brooklyn are defending him amid criticism from the party boss.

Brannan is in the fight of his political life as he faces a stiff challenge from Republican Ari Kagan for the 47th City Council seat. The two pols are facing each other for the first time after redistricting; Kagan, a former Democrat, switched parties last year and announced his intention to run against Brannan, ultimately winning the GOP nomination in the June primary.