A former Rangel aide reconsiders a congressional challenge: 'I'm leaving all of my options open'
Last October, Vince Morgan was meeting voters, raising money and sparring with other candidates looking to unseat Rep. Charles Rangel.
"Politics is a funny thing," he told me, when I asked him about it. "You're mentioned in certain articles and not mentioned in certain articles. I've kept a relatively low profile in the last couple of weeks as I've seen this play out."
When I said it sounded like he wasn't sure about running, Morgan said, "I'm leaving all of my options open right now. I have until the 13th to submit petition signatures to get on the ballot."
He also said, "Crowded fields benefit the incumbent."
I asked Morgan if he feared he, Rangel and two other African-American challengers would split the African-American vote and better position new entrant Adriano Espaillat, a state senator who is Dominican-American, to win with support from district's Hispanic majority.
"I want to see new leadership that represents the people of the district and I don't care what color they are," he said. "So, I want to see representation across the board that is responsive to the needs of the people."
"I've seen reports that a nuclear war is coming," Morgan said, referring to a comment made by Espaillat before he was a declared candidate. "I don't know who said that, but this rhetoric is unnecessary. We need to get into a place to talk about issues and the issues that bind us. Because I know a lot of people who are white, Hispanic and black who are looking for a job right now."