Gustavo Rivera backs a challenger to Charlie Rangel, then gets a challenger of his own

Gustavo Rivera. (Photo via gustavoforstatesenate.org.)
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Yesterday, freshman State Senator Gustavo Rivera endorsed a challenger to 21-term congressman Charles Rangel. Meanwhile, Rivera got a challenger of his own.

According to State Board of Elections records, a person by the name of Manny Tavarez filed paperwork on April 19 to open up a campaign committee for the 33rd State Senate Seat in the Bronx, which Gustavo has represented since 2010, when he unseated Pedro Espada, who is currently facing corruption charges related to his nonprofit health care network.

The address used for the committee is the same one as Tavarez Sporting Goods Inc.

One web site I found listed a "Ms. Manny Tavarez" as "CEO" of Tavarez Sports, at "1690, Bronx, New York, China." I called the cell phone number listed for the contact person. When I asked for Manny Tavarez, the woman who answered the phone said "No" and hung up.

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