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One night, many, many years ago, a well-known New York City political reporter agreed to sit down with Pol Position and discuss local politics over a few bottles of Night Train Express Wine Coolers. These days, Pol Position is all but shunned by the serious professionals on the political trail, but we have our memories. Well, most of them.

But during that very enlightening conversation, this reporter explained their theory behind two different types of candidates.

On the one hand, you have the candidate for office who knows that he or she probably has one shot to win. This candidate probably hasn't been very active in backroom politics, i.e. joining and participating in a well-connected political club or holding a district leader position, so they won't be the preferred choice of the established political parties.

Unique circumstances have probably given them a short window to win. For example, an entrenched incumbent is elected to a new position, leaving a vacancy and, if they're lucky, a nonpartisan special election where the party endorsement isn't as important.

In addition, the fundraising capabilities of these candidates is limited, so they can likely only afford to invest the money - not to mention the time - to run one time. Many of these candidates fail in their bid, and are never heard from again, at least as far as politics is concerned.

And then you have the candidates who see running for office like working out at the gym - the more you do it, the better and stronger you become. These candidates, for the most part, already hold a secure political post, one that thanks to staggered election cycles allows them to run for another office without giving up their current job if they should lose. The perfect example of this is disgraced former Queens politician Hiram Monserrate.

When Monserrate was in the City Council, he was always rumored to be a candidate for any position that opened in his district, and on some occasions he even ran. He was a constant fly in the ointment for State Senator John Sabini, whose job he finally took. He even entertained the idea of challenging Congressman Joseph Crowley, the head of the Queens County Democratic Party. Monserrate had the audacity to make appearances in the Bronx portion of Crowley's congressional district, to just to drum up speculation.

And when he was forced to leave office over an altercation with his girlfriend landed her in the hospital and he in court, Monserrate even ran again for Assemblyman Jose Peralta's open seat, which Peralta vacated to take Monserrate's old job in the State Senate.

For Monserrate, campaigning and running for office wasn't always about winning and losing, it was about strengthening your campaign operations, such as outreach and fundraising, and building your name recognition.

And so it is for Brooklyn Councilman Charles Barron.

When it comes to politics, Barron and Monserrate are two peas in a pod. If there is an open seat for Barron to run for, he is going to get his name on the ballot. Most recently, he challenged the wildly popular Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, even though Barron himself couldn't have believed he had a chance to win.

And this past weekend, Barron announced that he will be running for Congress against incumbent Ed Towns...again...in what is shaping up to be a three-way race between Barron, Towns, and Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries.

Watch Barron's announcement courtesy of the blog thebrooklynpolitics.com:

We don't know how much of a chance we give Barron this time around, he's already lost to Towns before, and during his short time in office Jeffries has managed to become very popular in the district.

However, this time Barron has an ace in the hole: a theme song! That's right, a theme song, which he unveiled at his announcement. We're not sure how Towns or Jeffries isn't going to compete with that.

We bet if you weren't too excited about watching Barron's announcement before, you'll be watching it now!
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