In a highly Democratic Party borough where hell hath no fury like working across the aisle for the good of everyone, U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-Crown Heights, Flatbush, East Flatbush, Brownsville, Sheepshead Bay) was roundly criticized for doing just that.
Clarke, a staunch Democrat and very vocal critic of President Donald Trump, recently partnered up with U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) to create a Smart Cities Caucus to be launched this March.
The announcement for the new caucus was delivered by Venture Smarter, a firm which aims to use technology as a tool for city and regional planning, as part of their Smart Regions Congress Leadership Forum held Feb. 15. The initiative hopes to cover everything from broadband connectivity in urban, suburban, and rural areas to cybersecurity to using smart technologies and strategies to tackle the opioid and heroin epidemic.
While it is hard to argue with the goals of the caucus, Clarke’s opponent in this years’ Democratic Party Primary, Adem Bunkeddeko, takes issue with Clarke’s choice of collaborator. Bunkeddeko is one of the growing number of Democrats, who see some bi-partisan deals as compromising progressive values and prefer a more hardline approach.