NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York City Councilman Charles Barron may find himself in hot water after praising Moammar Gadhafi.

According to a published report, Barron described Moammar Gadhafi as “My hero, an African freedom fighter.”

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The Daily News says that Barron spoke at a memorial held for Gadhafi in Bedford-Stuyvesant, reportedly likening the dead dictator to Nelson Mandela.

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He reportedly called Gadhafi an “African freedom fighter.”

Barron also reportedly denied any Gadhafi  involvement in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 or that he brutalized his own people.

Barron, a former Black Panther, joined the City Council in 2002. His current term expires at the end of 2013.

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