Bloomberg comes out for Rangel, and so does Christine Quinn
Mayor Michael Bloomberg will show up for Rep. Charlie Rangel after all, lending his name to the 81-year-old lawmaker's upcoming birthday party fund-raiser at the Sheraton hotel next month.
Bloomberg is listed on the host committee for the event, according to a copy of the invitation, sent to me by a source.
Also on the invitation: City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, New York City Comptroller John Liu and former comptroller Bill Thompson, all of whom are running for mayor in 2013.
A spokesman for Quinn confirms that she's supporting Rangel. I'm waiting to hear back from a Bloomberg spokesman.
Neither Quinn nor Liu had previously made an endorsement in Rangel's primary, which pits him in a newly redrawn district against a field of challengers that includes State Senator Adriano Espaillat, former Clinton and Obama aide Clyde Williams and former district leader Joyce Johnson.
Dozens of other supporters are listed, including New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and Rep. Steve Israel of Long Island, who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
In 2010, amid an inquiry into possible House ethics violations, Rangel held a similar birthday fund-raiser which was attended by Andrew Cuomo, who was campaigning for governor at the time. Cuomo gave a rousing speech back then, noting how Rangel helped Clinton when he was president. The governor is not listed on the invitation to this year's fund-raiser and, like Clinton, Cuomo has yet to make an endorsement.