Bernie Sanders opens campaign office in Gowanus

Keeping the home fires Berning! Sanders opens campaign office in Gowanus

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Feelin’ the bern: Rachel Brown Mc-Loughlin and Steven Labreu have been volunteering for Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign by registering people to vote and spreading Bernie’s word.
Brooklyn’s boy: Victoria De Bruin and Elisabeth Macdonald show their support for the Brooklyn-born pol.
Singing for change: Jennie Hurwita wrote a song for the block party.
Go-POTUS: Sanders’s campaign held a block party on Saturday to celebrate the opening of its Brooklyn campaign office.
Bern, baby, bern: Michael Korn and Guguai helped out with the block party in Gowanus on Saturday.

Gowanus is feeling the Bern — and it isn’t from a Canal-related rash!

Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign opened its new New York campaign office in an Eighth Street warehouse on Saturday, throwing with a big block party that attracted hundreds of fans who refuse to throw in the towel on the Kings County-born pol’s run for the oval office.

“It was very motivating,” said Rachel Brown-McLoughlin, a Long Islander who sported a “Bernie is Bae” shirt for the party outside Sanders’ new office on Eighth Street and Third Avenue. “The whole point was we’re still in this.”

Kyp Malone from Brooklyn band TV on the Radio strummed his guitar while supporters signed up for volunteer shifts and donned Bernie garb and sang Bernie-themed songs to proclaim their ballot for the Democratic hopeful, who grew up in Flatbush and owes his famed running form to his time running track for James Madison High School in Madison.

Sanders didn’t show up, as he was campaigning in Oregon instead, but some other area pols came out to stump for the socialist contender.

“Bernie Sanders stands up for my people,” said Councilman Rafael Espinal (D–Bushwick), the only Council member to publicly pledge a vote to Sanders. “I represent East New York and Bushwick, some of the poorest neighborhoods in the state of New York and when Bernie speaks, he speaks for us, for the people that live here.”

Volunteers in the warehouse between Second and Third avenues will hit the phones to spread Bernie’s message to voters ahead of the April 19 New York primary, and Brown-McLoughlin says that folks shouldn’t be so quick to concede the Empire State to Hillary Clinton, even though she is a former New York senator and stationed her entire campaign out of Brooklyn Heights.

“The media is saying that New York is a Hillary state,” she said. “From everything we’ve seen volunteering, there’s a huge amount of support for Bernie.”

Sanders in February challenged Clinton a debate on Kings County turf, offering a mid-April date for the face-off, and threw down the gauntlet again on Sunday — though he expanded the potential venue to anywhere in the state. But his fans say it needs to happen in his home borough so he can show off his Brooklyn bona fides.

“It would be awesome to have Bernie back in Brooklyn,” said Steven Labreu, another Long Islander, who has been volunteering for the campaign. “He stands up to people and has this very New York attitude that he doesn’t really take any BS from anyone, it would be incredible for people to see that.”

There are currently no New York debates scheduled ahead of the primary, although the Democratic Party website lists face-offs in April and May as “to be determined.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Mike from Williamsburg says:
It's nice that they're registering people to vote.
March 28, 2016, 2:07 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect heights says:
Pardon my question, but what does the spokesman for KFC have to do with any of this? Are they related? You are looking at a confused John Wasserman here.
John Wasserman
March 28, 2016, 2:24 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Ask not what your country can do for you, demand it!
March 28, 2016, 2:35 pm
Thanks, but no thanks says:
Big picture... Who can take out the Republicans?

No more Ralph Nader, please!
March 28, 2016, 3:11 pm
kumbaya says:
C'mon people now,
Smile on your brother.
Ev'rybody get together,
Try and love one another right now.
March 28, 2016, 4:26 pm
b says:
Anyone who is willing to divert votes from the Democratic party, by voting for Sanders during the primaries should be willing to relocate to purple states to make sure no Republican wins the election.

It's called strategy.
March 28, 2016, 5:27 pm
Not John Wasserman says:
Remember when John Wasserman comments were worthy of reading?
March 28, 2016, 8:51 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
awesome! I am feeling the Bern. And you can count on me never ever voting for Hillary. Anyone so out of touch that they thought the Family Entertainment Protection Act was a good idea, or so hateful that they fight against marriage equality all the way up to 2013, has no business in the White House.
March 29, 2016, 10:53 am
Gimme from Yourz says:
Likes ta gow Rachel's brown anus yo!
March 29, 2016, 1:46 pm
b says:
Jim, We'll hold down the blue fort here, so you can then make your feelings reality by relocating to Ohio, Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Virginia, or Florida.
March 29, 2016, 2:44 pm
Regina Weiss from Sunset Park says:
Folks - do you research please. If Clinton is the nominee she will lose; if Sanders is the nominee he will win by double digits against any of the potential republican nominees. Just google it folks.
March 29, 2016, 3:15 pm
Jodi from Greenpiont says:
We Bernie supporters will NEVER vote for Shillary/Hitlery in November should a catastrofee happen and Bernie not be nomenated. I'll hold my breath till I turn blue instead!!!!
March 29, 2016, 4:20 pm
Flatlands says:
Did you know Maasai people like to use their cell phones to photograph cows and women?
March 29, 2016, 4:35 pm
Regina Wiess from Sunset Park says:
Everyone - please vote for Bernie Sanders! Bring Tricky Licky to the White House! Feel the Berning hot Sanders! Licky-licky 2016!!!
March 29, 2016, 5:05 pm
Susanne from Williamsburg says:
You mean Boney Handles? I think not!
March 29, 2016, 5:31 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
Hillary is being endorsed by Republicans as a Trump alternative. The fort isn't blue.
March 29, 2016, 7:03 pm
Costello says:
The alternative to Trump is carpet bomber Cruz.
March 29, 2016, 7:39 pm
ty from pps says:
how old is Bernie?
March 29, 2016, 10:01 pm
Misty from Chincoteague says:
15 less in Christian televangelist USA
March 30, 2016, 11:54 am
Regina Weiss from Sunset Park says:
I've thought about it - and can we really trust a man they call Tricky Licky? It sounds wet and NOT TRUSTWORTHY!

And he's so old.
March 30, 2016, 5:34 pm
Matt from Greenpoint says:
Bernie or Bust
Never Clinton's wife.
March 30, 2016, 7:50 pm
ty from pps says:
clintons wife or monika lewinskis boyfriends wife
March 30, 2016, 10:52 pm
Jimmy from Flatbush says:
Bernie Sanders is 74 years old.
March 31, 2016, 11:06 am
James from Coney Island says:
Do not understand why someone would want to support a Lennin loving communist like Sanders. Yes Sanders was part of a Lennin suluting communist Commune in Isreal . His policies will finish the job ending the American Dream
March 31, 2016, 4:27 pm

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