4:41 pm Mar. 23, 20121
Since Rep. Charlie Rangel announced his bid for a 22nd term in office, I've contacted a number of elected officials and politicians to see who's prepared, right now, to support him.
Rep. Joe Crowley's office said the congressman is supporting Rangel.
That's unsurprising inasmuch as Crowley, a party guy in every way, is supporting a congressional colleague. But it could turn out to have consequences, since Crowley's two-county district goes from Queens to the Bronx, where there is a sizable Latino population, and State Senator Adriano Espaillat, who is Dominican-American, is circulating petitions in preparation for a possible challenge to Rangel.
By contrast, Tom Allon, a publisher who has never held office but is running for mayor, said he'd back Espaillat if he got into the race.
In an email, Allon said:
"I think Charlie Rangel has had an incredible career in Congress, but like athletes and actors, elected leaders need to know when to retire or exit the stage. It is time for new leadership in northern Manhattan. If he decides to run, State Sen. Adriano Espailat will have my support. Not because he's better necessarily than Charlie Rangel, but because New York needs to elect to Congress immediately the next generation of leaders who can become committee chairs in near future and help our city and state."