Anti-incumbent super PAC targeting Rangel considers Conyers too
A spokesman for the anti-incumbent super PAC that's targeting Charlie Rangel said this afternoon that the group might add longtime Michigan congressman John Conyers to its list of targets.
"We're looking at it," said Curtis Ellis, the spokesman for the Campaign for Primary Accountability. "We haven't made a decision there yet."
This week, the group went one-for-two in Texas when it succeeded in knocking off El Paso Democrat Silvestre Reyes, but failed to unseat the House's oldest member, Republican Ralph Hall.
The group has also helped defeat incumbents in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and has already pledged to spend "six figures" targeting Rangel.
In Conyers, the group would be going after the second-longest serving member of the House. Conyers, who was elected in 1965, and Rangel are two of the most senior members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Ellis, the spokesman, said that wasn't an issue for the group, which is also targeting Conyers' colleague in Michigan, Fred Upton, who is white.
Conyers is facing a crowded primary field, including several state legislators, in a district that was recently redrawn, and at least one poll (commissioned by a challenger) has indicated he might be vulnerable. In February, Conyers was endorsed by President Obama, an honor Rangel is still waiting for.
A spokesman for Conyers' campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.