Now's the time for Councilman Bill de Blasio, who's announced he will run for Brooklyn Borough President, to take a strong position on the increasing allegations that the Clinton campaign has been using the race issue against Barack Obama.
Today's papers (particularly a front page piece in the New York Times) raised this issue in the wake of Geraldine Ferraro's remarks, in which she essentially accused Obama of being nothing more than a beneficiary of affirmation action.
Ferraro, called the Democratic Party's Archie Bunker in a recent Brooklyn Ron posting, has said that Obama would not have come as far as he has if it were not for his being black.
Clinton at first tepidly distanced herself from the comments, but then more strongly criticized them as complaints increased, especially from African American Democrats.
There are many now who are suggesting there is a curious pattern of Clinton surrogates (her husband Bill being one of them) bringing up race happens at critical moments, this moment being the run-up to the Pennsylvania primary, where working-class whites are a crucial demographic.
Since Brooklyn is a center, perhaps THE center, of African American politics in New York City, Bill de Blasio (who managed Hillary Clinton's campaign for her U.S. Senate seat) would be wise to speak out on this matter, and do so forcefully.
De Blasio has declared himself a candidate for Brooklyn Borough President and is likely next year to be facing Councilman Charles Barron and, perhaps, Yvonne Graham (who's allied with current Borough President Marty Markowitz's office) in the Democratic primary for that position.
Markowitz is prohibited by term limits from going for another four years in that office.
We are now going through important passageways at which candidates should declare their feelings and positions.