1:46 pm May. 15, 2012
A top adviser to Rep. Charlie Rangel said he feels good about the 21-term congressman's chances for re-election, despite a newly configued district and strong opposition in the June 26 primary.
"We're going to win and we're going to win big," said Bill Lynch, a longtime Rangel adviser who has the incumbent lock up union support. "Take it the bank."
Rangel has endorsements from 1199 SEIU, the United Federation of Teachers and 32BJ.
He is facing a strong challenge from State Senator Adriano Espaillat, who is seeking to become the first Dominican-American elected to Congress; Clyde Williams, a former aide to Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, who is the best-funded challenger in the race; and longtime district leader Joyce Johnson, who was endorsed by The New York Times when she ran against Rangel in 2010.