11:27 am May. 29, 2012
The super PAC that's targeting Charlie Rangel made its first official foray into his primary contest over the weekend.
The Campaign for Primary Accountability spent $5,000 on "email communication," according to the latest filing with the Federal Election Commission.
The group had previously promised to make Rangel a top target after wrapping up its efforts to unseat two incumbents in Texas, where the congressional primary is being held today.
In an email to supporters last week, the group said it was "excited to engage" in the Rangel race, and noted that there was "already a lot of buzz," with links to a few stories about their efforts.
The group has promised to spend "six figures" to defeat Rangel, and has pledged its support to State Senator Adriano Espaillat, who is hoping to capitalize on the new shape of the district to become the first Dominican-American elected to Congress.
Rangel is hoping to use his 42 years of incumbency to his advantage. The New York Times reported this morning that he has been soliciting donations from his colleagues in Congress.
UPDATE: In an email with the subject line "Attack #1," Rangel asked supporters this afternoon to help him raise $5,000 to counter the attacks. "With less than a month left before the June 26th primary, the Super PAC funded by the same right-wingers who want to defeat President Obama and repeal healthcare reform have launched their first attack against me, as I said they would," he wrote in the email. The line appears to be a reference to Joe Ricketts, one of the group's backers, who was recently in the news for considering a $10 million dollar ad campaign to attack Obama's relationship to the Reverend Jeremiah Wright.