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November 30, 2012 1:22 pm

NYC Council Candidate Asks: “A White/Jewish City Council Member Representing Upper Manhattan?”

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A candidate for a position on New York City’s 7th Council District referred to his opponent as a White/Jewish candidate” and said that he was trying “to sneak into office like a thief in the night.”

Thomas Lopez-Pierre, an African-American, made the remarks in emails sent to the Douglass Grant Democratic Club. The subject line of the email was: “A White/Jewish City Council Member representing Upper Manhattan?”

In an interview with the Jewish Week Lopez-Pierre said, ‘I don’t hate Jews; I love black people. I love political empowerment. … A black person has represented the district for many years, and we don’t want to see the black and Latino caucus be minus one.”

Lopez Pierre also said in the same interview, “I don’t want a councilman that represents all the people; I want a councilman who represents my community.” The 7th District is located in upper Manhattan, which he says has a 70 percent minority population.

“They said those Jews are gonna lynch you,” Lopez-Pierre told the Jewish Week. “But because I work for myself, I don’t have to answer to anyone. I have the cojones, the balls, to send out this e-mail.”

Ron Meier, New York director of the Anti-Defamation League, told The Jewish Week “introducing race and religion into a city council election as a stand-in for qualifications is offensive to all voters in the district and offensive to the democratic process.”

Commenting on Lopez-Pierre’s allegations, Levine would only say that the remarks were “so outrageous they don’t even merit a response.”

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  • Jerry Hersch

    In it’s membership drive the Douglass Grant Democratic Club touts its diversity and its love for equlity
    As to Lopez-Pierre his beliefs about women
    It is clear the the Upper West Side needs a forceful resurgence of the Reform Movement to clean the house.
    Lopez-Pierre has ripped into Charlie Rangel for leaving Harlem a place of welfare and housing projects..Lopez-Pierre is obviously a Conseravtive.

  • If Lopez-Pierre is not ready to be an American, perhaps he should do everyone a favor and crawl back into the racist cesspool from which he crawled.

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    Charlie Rangel’s Congressional seat up in Harlem has been held by exactly 2 men since WW2. That’s right. Adam Clayton Powell and his protege, Charlie Rangel are the only two people to hold that seat for almost 70 years. Powell was tossed from office for criminal corruption and Rangel had faced corruption charges for a decade.