The heat is on.
The 33rd District debate (filmed last week) will be on BCAT tonight (Time Warner 56, Cablevision 69, RCN 84 and Verizon 44) and Doug Biviano is already getting riled up about it. Below is a press release he sent out. I'll have more on this at boropolitics.com later...
Jo Anne Simon Dismisses Reform Movement;Ducks Controversy and Refuses to Take a Stand Against Corrupt Party Politics
BROOKLYN, NY-- City Council candidate Doug Biviano continued to build momentum on a message of reform last week at Brooklyn Independent Television's The Candidates Debate which will air on Brooklyn Community Access Television tonight, August 17th at 9:00. Two weeks ago, Biviano exposed opponent Evan Thies for running away from a fight with Vito Lopez over Lopez’s backroom deal to rezone the Broadway Triangle. And the reformer was at it again in this debate, challenging District Leader Jo Anne Simon's record of inaction.
"Two weeks ago I stood up and said 'enough,' and demanded Vito Lopez resign as chair of the Kings County Democratic Party. What I want to know, Jo Anne, is if you'll stand with me today on the side of real reform?" Simon refused to commit, instead offering a lengthy non-answer that ducked Biviano’s challenge."
This is the same thing we've seen from Jo Anne time and time again," Biviano explained after the debate. "She likes to call herself a progressive and a reformer, but she never has the guts to take a stand when it matters. The families of this district need someone to stand up and fight for them. Jo Anne had her chance, and she didn't get it done. I will.
"Biviano reiterated his call for Lopez's resignation during the debate, and continues to lead a growing movement demanding an end to corrupt insider politics in Brooklyn. "I'm an engineer, and I know that when the foundation of a building is crumbling it takes more than a paint job to fix it. My opponents promise paint jobs. I promise real reform, and I'm going to deliver for the communities of this district."
Biviano also called Simon out on her involvement with Brooklyn Speaks, and advocacy group ostensibly designed to address concerns over the Atlantic Yards project. “Again, instead of standing up with the real reformers of Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn, Simon instead went the cautious route and formed a second group with a ‘wait and see’ approach that undercut united opposition against the project and muddled the debate. In the end, the status quo always wins when you fail to show real leadership, and that kind of soft inaction that Jo Anne touts on her resume is not what we need right now.”