Another one of the shining lights of the New York City Council. His constituents must be bursting with pride.
Most American pols toasted the demise of Libyan dictator Moammar Khadafy but one local official says he’s proud to think differently.
“One person’s horrible person can be another person’s hero,” Brooklyn City Councilman Charles Barron told the Daily News. He called Khadafy “my hero, an African freedom fighter.”
Barron has made a career of infuriating his critics by lionizing people who’ve been condemned by most Americans. He hosted a City Hall reception in 2002 for Zimbabwean despot Robert Mugabe and has lavished praise on Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez.
The former Black Panther spoke last week at a Bedford- Stuyvesant memorial service for Khadafy.
“Like Nelson Mandela and Robert Mugabe, [ Khadafy] is an African freedom fighter — taking back African resources for African people,” he said. “America hates strong African leaders who are not afraid of them.”
Barron, who spoke last week at a Bedford-Stuyvesant memorial service for Khadafy, dismissed widespread reports that the Libyan leader brutally tormented his own people and supported terrorist acts like the murder of 270 people on a Pan Am jet over Lockerbie, Scotland.
“There’s no evidence linking him to that,” Barron said.
“Moamar Khadafy didn’t kill near these killers,” Barron said.
Robert Mugabe and Khadafy are mentioned in the same breath as Mandela? Huh?
Needless to say, Barron and MSNBC star Al “Resist We Much” Sharpton go way back. A relationship dating to a stint spent together in jail.
Sharpton and Barron have had a complicated relationship for years. It started in jail 20 years ago, when they spent 25 days together after being arrested in a protest about Tawana Brawley. Since then, their paths have crossed and diverged many times, though they always seem to have a connection, whether uniting in endorsing Mark Winston Griffith in his Council primary against Al Vann or in Barron’s short-lived run for Council speaker.
But Barron isn’t one to sell out to the man like Sharpton has.
He immediately quashed any suggestion that a more mainstream future like Sharpton’s was awaiting him.
“If that happens, I totally lost my mind. I need to be committed. That means I need a lobotomy, they’d need to do something to my brain, because I’ve lost it,” Barron said. “No, I don’t see that happening at all. Never.”