Brooklyn City Councilman Could Be New York’s Next Political Upset
Brooklyn City Councilman Jumaane Williams’ chances of claiming the victory in his bid for Lt. Governor of New York are looking more possible. The 42-year-old Democrat is the son of Grenada immigrants and has served on the City Council since 2010. He has an advantage over his opponent, incumbent Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul; Williams is well known in Brooklyn, which has more than double the population of Hochul’s native Erie County. “I am ecstatic that this is how the pendulum has swung,” said Williams, a former delegate for Bernie Sanders, who has been backed by several of the liberal activist groups that supported newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. “The politics of old has taken us to where we are. I’ve helped create these political winds and I’m very excited.” An expected win by Governor Chris Cuomo over Democratic primary challenger Cynthia Nixon, coupled with a Williams upset could potentially create strange bedfellows in the November general election. The New York Post describes it as the political equivalent of a shotgun marriage. Cuomo is the face of the Democratic Party establishment while Williams is an insurgent and frequent critic of the governor. Williams was arrested Monday evening while protesting Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee pick at Trump Tower. This is not his first arrest. Williams was also arrested alongside his mother while protesting POTUS45’s inauguration. The 2001 Brooklyn College graduate stayed at the school to earn his Master's in 2005. More about Williams here.