Representative Charlie Rangel has $18,000 more on hand than his nearest primary challenger, former presidential aide Clyde Williams. But the 21-term congressman raised less and spent more than Williams since January, according to their latest campaign-finance reports.
When Rep. Charlie Rangel walked into a crowded room on 125th Street an hour late earlier this week, making his first public appearance in two months, he used a walker.
On display afterward were two strikingly different anti-Rangel strategies from his leading opponents.
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State Senator Adriano Espaillat's campaign is reportedly being run by the Mirram Group, a consulting firm "headed by former Bronx Democratic Party boss Robert Rameriez."
Ramirez isn't quoted in the story and the Bronx Democratic Party is now run by Assemblyman Carl Heastie, who has no particular allegiance or loyalties to Ramirez. Another key consultant at the firm is Luis Miranda, who has consulted on each of Espaillat's previous campaigns.
In his first public appearance in nearly two months, Rep. Charles Rangel said at a town hall meeting with constituents that the state senator running against him is "pretty strong," and that "this is an exciting beginning." He spoke while seated in a swivel chair.(1)
Hours before Rep. Charlie Rangel's first public appearance since February, one of the congressman's rivals dropped out of the race and backed State Senator Adriano Espaillat in the primary for Rangel's seat.
Vince Morgan, a local banker who previously signaled he wasn't campaigning anymore, said the district "needs someone who can unite us and move our neighborhood forward."(1)
At a candidates forum and endorsement meeting of the Barack Obama Democratic Club last night, Assemblyman Guillermo Linares didn't mention State Senator Adriano Espaillat by name.
For two decades, the two Dominican trailblazers have jockeyed for support in the immigrant community of northern Manhattan; Linares was the first Dominican-American elected to office in 1991, and Espaillat became the first Dominican to serve in Albany in 1996, with a number of proxy battles before and since.
The strongest remarks came from Clyde Williams, who has $125,000 on hand and boasts ties to Bill Clinton and President Obama.
Adriano Espaillat is making an art of gently attacking Rep. Charles Rangel, who he is challenging in this year's primary.
In an NY1 interview last night, he repeatedly cast himself as a younger, newer, fresher alternative to his 81-year-old fellow Democrat.
"Politics is a funny thing," he told me, when I asked him about it. "You're mentioned in certain articles and not mentioned in certain articles. I've kept a relatively low profile in the last couple of weeks as I've seen this play out."
When I said it sounded like he wasn't sure about running, Morgan said, "I'm leaving all of my options open right now. I have until the 13th to submit petition signatures to get on the ballot."(1)
State Senator Adriano Espaillat said it's the calendar, not the demographics, that is driving his decision to mount a primary challenge 81-year-old congressman Charles Rangel.
"My decision wasn't driven by ethnic politics," Espaillat, 56, said in an interview with NY1 last night. It was "driven by a need to have a fresh, new, bold voice in Congress."
In 1996, when Adriano Espaillat was vying to unseat longtime Assemblyman John Brian Murtaugh and become the first Dominican-American in the state legislature, he had the overwhelming advantage of running in an Upper Manhattan district that was 80 percent Hispanic.
Espaillat won, by 196 votes.
Adriano Espaillat told a roomful of Democrats on Sunday that he plans to run for congress against 21-term Rep. Charlie Rangel.
But the decision was made well before that. On Wednesday, March 28, Espaillat's chief of staff, Aneiry Batita, registered a campaign web site, EspaillatforCongress.com.
The site isn't active now, but you can see details about it on who.GoDaddy.com, which allows you to search who owns websites.
Since Rep. Charlie Rangel announced his bid for a 22nd term in office, I've contacted a number of elected officials and politicians to see who's prepared, right now, to support him. Rep. Joe Crowley's office said the congressman is supporting Rangel.(1)
The field of candidates seeking to oust 21-term congressman Charles Rangel expanded Thursday afternoon when a third Democratic challenger announced, in a video posted online, that he was joining the race.
"Charlie Rangel is an institution in that community," Comrie told me. "With the leverage that he has and the power that he still has. He's been more than open and gracious in sharing with the Hispanic community there. I think it's in their best interest to keep Charlie Rangel in Washington D.C. to deliver for the delegation."(3)