Street Vendor Who Reported Times Square Bomber Plans to Enter Politics


Duane Jackson, who helped to thwart a terrorist attack in Times Square in 2010, plans to enter the political arena, according to the Associated Press. The 69-year-old T-shirt and purse vendor plans to run for the Democratic nomination to take on Nan Hayworth, the Republican incumbent, for the House seat in the 19th district, located north of New York City. And so far, he seems pretty confident.

“I’m not going to have $200,000 for the primary,” Jackson told the Associated Press. “But I’m an ordinary guy, and I think I can get out the Democratic base.”

When the car bombing scare happened nearly two years ago, Jackson and two fellow vendors, Alioune Niasse and Lance Orton, had been minding their own business, selling purses and in Times Square when they spotted an idled, seemingly abandoned SUV that looked suspicious, TIME reported in 2010.

The car started to emit smoke…

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