Charles Barron is a current New York City Councilman who is dissatisfied with the state of the city’s affairs and with the Democratic Party in general. He says he will run for Governor as a member of a new party, which will be called the New York Freedom Democratic Party. This is an allusion to the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, a civil rights-oriented party in Mississippi which sought to be recognized by the National Committee of the Democratic Party in 1964 as the official state affiliate, but was rebuffed. After the convention they became a third party in Mississippi of some repute.
Councilman Charles Barron provided details Monday of his plans to begin a protest bid for governor, and blasted Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo and the Democratic Party for putting together an all-white statewide ticket.
Mr. Barron, a black leader with a knack for stoking controversy, said he would begin a petition drive to create a new party, the New York Freedom Democratic Party, as a place for minority voters who had grown disenchanted with the Democratic Party. He said Mr. Cuomo had insulted African-American voters by picking a white man, Mayor Robert J. Duffy of Rochester, as his running mate, knowing that the rest of the party’s ticket would be white.
“The Democratic Party has taken our vote for granted for many, many years,” Mr. Barron said in an interview, and added of Mr. Duffy’s selection: “This is the latest slap in the face. This political blackout by Andrew Cuomo is outrageous, that he would be comfortable going with an all-white state slate.”
Barron is a former member of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense and gave tacit support in 2009 to Frances Villar, the Party for Socialism and Liberation candidate for Mayor of New York City. Barron will need to collect 15,000 signatures in New York.