Espaillat campaign memo says there’s ‘utterly no enthusiasm’ for Rangel’s re-election

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A top strategist on State Senator Adriano Espaillat's campaign sent a memo to top supporters yesterday touting their fund-raising and citing a lack of enthusiasm for 21-term incumbent congressman Charlie Rangel.

The strategist, Aneiry Batista, confirmed the authenticity of the memo, which was passed on to me by a recipient.

In it, Batista noted Espaillat's campaign raised $259,000 and that "100% of the sum was donated by individuals, not Political Action Committees."

As Rangel's campaign likes to point out, one Texas-based anti-incumbent PAC has been pouring money into the race in an attempt to swing the primary to Espaillat.

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The memo tells top Espaillat supporters that Rangel has raised $191,742 from individuals and that "there is utterly no enthusiasm for a Rangel re-election campaign that continues to struggle keeping up with Senator Espaillat’s campaign."

The memo comes as Espaillat ramps up his public criticism of Rangel, blaming him for the loss of Democratic seats in the Congress in the 2010 elections, when Rangel was censured for ethics violations.

The New York Times editorial board has just endorsed another candidate in the race, former presidential aide Clyde Williams, who has said he wants to make this race about issues, not about the congressman's personality and political influence.

Here's the full Espaillat memo: