8:49 am Jun. 27, 2012
The censure didn't kill Charlie Rangel's congressional career, and neither did redistricting, as he won a multicandidate primary yesterday with 45 percent of the vote.
Rangel's toughest opponent, State Senator Adriano Espaillat, had made a generational argument against Rangel and also a demographic one, talking of the historic opportunity that his status as the potential first-ever Dominican-American member of congress presented to the Bronx-Manhattan district's Latino-voter majority.
At his victory party at Sylvia's in Harlem, Rangel said, "If they didn’t think after 42 years that I was the best qualified, I promise them that in the next two years they’ll have no question about the fact that we elected the best."
Rangel's victory in the Democratic primary in the majority-Latino district is functionally equal to re-election, but the speculation isn't over. The question of whether Rangel could win in the newly configured district against a credible Latino challenger has been put to rest; the question of whether and how Rangel might try to engineer a succession hasn't.
In Queens, Joe Crowley and the Democratic County Organization passed a necessary test, helping Assemblywoman Grace Meng win her primary in a newly drawn, plurality-Asian district against Assemblyman Rory Lancman and City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley. This result, along with Comptroller John Liu's monster vote total in the 2009 general election, seems to signal the solidification of an Asian-American voting bloc as a force in New York politics.
Meng now faces Republican councilman Dan Halloran in the general, and has warned him to keep the campaign focused on "issues." Halloran was elected to his Council seat over an Asian-American Democrat.
Incumbent Nydia Velazquez, who was opposed by Brooklyn Democratic leader Vito Lopez, easily beat back a county-organization-backed challenge from Councilman Erik Dilan.
And Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, who was supported by Lopez, thrashed City Councilman Charles Barron for the congressional seat being vacated by Ed Towns.
Andrew Cuomo is in New York City and has no public schedule.
Michael Bloomberg has no public schedule.
Noon: City Council Speaker Christine Quinn makes an announcement, with the Partnership for New York City, the United Federation of Teachers and Councilman Robert Jackson at 52 Broadway in Manhattan.
Former councilwoman and charter-school operator Eva Moskowitz won't run for mayor next year. [Lisa Fleisher]
The establishment won elsewhere too. [John Avlon]
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will investigate how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other nonprofits spend money in politics. [Nicholas Confessore]
G.O.P. Senate primary
Wendy Long won easily, but Bob Turner carried Staten Island. [Tom Wrobleski]
"Unsinkable Rangel" [Jennifer Fermino, Carl Campanile and Beth Defalco]
"Adriano Espaillat was unable to leverage his own strong ties in the heavily Latino Bronx section." [Sheryl Huggins Salomon]
"In a defiant victory speech in Harlem, Rangel took a swipe at those who endorsed his opponents, especially the media, which he said had been 'so hostile at times.'" [Edith Honan]
"Mr. Rangel took the stage looking emotional, and sounded a note of damaged pride and fierce determination. He said of his critics, 'If they didn’t think after 42 years that I was the best qualified, I promise them that in the next two years they’ll have no question about the fact that we elected the best.'" [Thomas Kaplan]
Rangel arrived with City Comptroller John Liu, U.F.T. president Michael Mulgrew, Bronx Democratic County Leader Carl Heastie, New York State Democratic Party co-chair Keith Wright and others. [Alison Gendar, Daniel Beekman and John Lauinger]
"Rep. Rangel wins NY primary despite ethics taint" [Ithaca Journal]
Espaillat supporter Ydanis Rodriguez said he was just observing, not campaigning, inside the polling location where he was photographed. [Celeste Katz]
The Post delights in Charles Barron's defeat. [David Seifman, Sally Goldenberg and Carl Campanile]
Hakeem Jeffries said his landslide victory came from every part of the district. [Daniel Bush]
Mayoral candidates Bill de Blasio and Bill Thompson were at Hakeem Jeffries' party. [Paul Leonard]
Charles Barron complained about the "white media." [Gersh Kuntzman]
The race destroys the notion that being pro-LGBT is problematic in predominantly African-American districts. [Steven Thrasher]
The Jewish Press relishes Charles Barron's defeat. [Charles Orbach]
The Jerusalem Post notes the loss of "Anti-Israel" Barron. [JTA]
Grace Meng won; Rory Lancman came in ahead of Liz Crowley. [Joe Anuta]
A story about Bloomberg aides testing out mobile air conditioners to cool the mayor's car in the summer, and a big picture of same, is on the front page of the Post. [David Seifman]
"In conducting the interviews, The New York Times sought to explore the simple architecture of the stops — the officers’ words and gestures, actions, explanations, tones of voice and demeanors ... What seems clear is that there is no script for the encounters, or that if there is one, it is not being followed." [Wendy Ruderman]
An insurgent who opposed "caving in" to Governor Andrew Cuomo was elected the head of the Public Employees Federation, the state's second-largest public-employee union. [Glenn Blain]