1:12 pm May. 30, 20121
There's been a functional consensus among Rep. Charlie Rangel's primary challengers this year about not directly attacking the genial 21-term lawmaker and decorated Korean War veteran, but rather simply arguing that it's time for someone new.
One of State Senator Adriano Espaillat's supporters, though, is taking a different tack.
Yesterday, Rivera posted this picture and wrote: "This is Rangel's 3 bedroom villa in Punta Cana... nice... while the people he represents are getting kicked out of their homes! Congrats I suppose!"
Also yesterday, Rivera published this flier, which attacks Rangel over his legislation to require mandatory military service. It reads:
"IF this is the person (US Congressman) has his way, EVERYONE OVER 18 would be called to go to war, whether you want to or not."
"Joining the military (which I'm a big supporter of) should not be MANDATED as Rangel has been pushing for many years."
The flier urges people to "send a clear and loud message that WE DISAGREE WIHT RANGEL & SAY NO TO THE MILITARY DRAFT."
Rangel, a decorated veteran who was injured in the Korean War, introduced the legislation repeatedly as a means of officials who he felt were too casual about sending America's professional armed forces to war. He has often complained about young, poor men from economically depressed areas volunteering in disproportionate numbers for the military. In a 2007 statement about the bill, Rangel said, "It is time that all Americans--including the wealthy--be given the opportunity to prove their patriotism as well, by saluting when the flag goes up and defending their country in wartime. A military draft would ensure that."
Rivera gained attention in 2008 for winning a dinner with Barack Obama and subsequently doing field work out of state for the campaign. On May 15, he emailed reporters a statement urging Obama not to get involved in the race.