From the New York Observer:
City Council member Charles Barron spoke out against the selection of Cathie Black as the city’s new public schools chancellor at a City Hall press conference this morning, saying that the lack of an open selection process failed the city’s schools and children.
“Mayor Bloomberg, they say insanity is when you do the same thing over and over again and expect different results. We’ve been this way before. Joel Klein was unqualified,” Barron said.
Barron was joined by his wife, Assemblywoman Inez Barron, and a few dozen other supporters of Barron’s Freedom Party, the third party that he founded this year to involve more blacks and Latinos in the democratic process.
Barron said the business-minded move was typical of Mayor Michael Bloomberg.