Former Clinton and Obama aide Clyde Williams enters the race for the Rangel seat
The field of candidates seeking to oust 21-term congressman Charles Rangel expanded Thursday afternoon when a third Democratic challenger announced, in a video posted online, that he was joining the race.
The move by Clyde Williams, a former aide to Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama who already has $125,000 on hand, could pose a particular threat to Rangel, whose newly drawn district is more than 50 percent latino and who may face a challenge from Adraino Espaillat, a Dominican-American state senator.
"We need fresh ideas and new solutions," Williams says in the video, which includes images of him in jeans and an overcoat in various locations throughout the district, along with photographs of himself standing beside Clinton and, in another photo, fist-bumping Obama.
"In the days and weeks ahead, I will travel to every corner of the district to hear from you," Williams said.
Other declared candidates in the race include local banker and former Rangel aide Vince Morgan and businesswoman Joyce Johnson, both of whom ran unsuccessfully against Rangel in 2010.