Former Bronx borough president and mayoral candidate Fernando Ferrer is endorsing Adriano Espailalt for Congress against 21-term congressman Charles Rangel today, Espaillat's campaign announced.
When Mark Levine declared he was going to run for the State Senate seat of Adriano Espaillat, who is running for Congress against Charlie Rangel, the incumbent didn't have much to worry about. In all likelihood, Levine is only going to run if Espaillat succeeds against Rangel and thereby gives up the seat anyway.
It was a real question, but also a bit of a dare: Rangel, the 21-term dean of the New York delegation, likely believes that the establishment won't want to put itself in an awkward position by actually opposing him, but also that if they do, he'll be positioned (as he was in 2010) as the defender of "the village of Harlem" from "outsiders" trying to tell it what to do.
Days before Barack Obama's planned visit to a computer plant in upstate New York, Rep. Charles Rangel is circulating a campaign flier featuring himself with the president, who may or may not want to see him re-elected.
This morning, State Senator Adriano Espaillat's congressional campaign posted a video highlighting their endorsement from Vincent Morgan, a former aide to Charlie Rangel, the incumbent they're trying to oust. In the video, Morgan seems to make a slightly different pitch than the campaign generally has to this point, suggesting that voters are looking beyond "surface issues, like our race and socioeconomic standing."
State Senator Adriano Espaillat, who is running for Charlie Rangel's seat in Congress, told the Stonewall Democrats at a forum on Wednesday that if he's elected, he "will go to Washington and ensure that marriage equality becomes national law."
State Senator Adriano Espaillat's congressional campaign has stressed the barrier-breaking nature of his congressional candidacy. (If elected, he would be the first Dominican-American elected to Congress).
The man he is looking to unseat, Rep. Charlie Rangel, said he didn't begrudge anyone using an overt ethnic appeal in campaigning against him. Rangel, a founding member of the Black Congressional Caucus, said on NY1 last night, "Hey, we said it's our chance for president. And I think it's our chance for the second term of our president. I think these things are what America is all about ... But you just don't say 'I'm not on the list' especially if you're the only guy with the list."
Congress is in session this week, but Rep. Charlie Rangel is not there.
The Stonewall Democrats hosted congressional candidates last night in Chelsea. Rangel wasn't there, either.
Assemblyman Herman (Denny) Farrell of Harlem expands on his earlier comments about the politics of redrawing Rep. Charlie Rangel's district, which now extends into the Bronx and is more than half Latino.
Rep. Charlie Rangel, who missed 103 votes during a recent two-month stretch in which he was immobilized by a back injury, was a no-show when Congress reconvened in Washington yesterday.
A spokeswoman for the 81-year-old Democrat said he was working from his district office this week. The spokesperson said Rangel was busy with constituent work and on organizing a career fair (He was also interviewed by WCBS news yesterday.)
1199 SEIU, the largest union in New York, announced it is putting its support behind Representatives Charlie Rangel of Harlem and Nydia Velazquez of Brooklyn, two incumbents facing strong primary challenges.
Rangel fended of a crowded field of competitors two years while he was being investigated for ethics violations in the House. But his district has been redrawn to become less African-American and majority Hispanic, and he looks to be facing stiffer competition than last time, with a challenge from Dominican-American State Senator Adriano Espaillat.
Yesterday, freshman State Senator Gustavo Rivera endorsed a challenger to 21-term congressman Charles Rangel. Meanwhile, Rivera got a challenger of his own.(2)
A state senator from the Bronx endorsed one of Rep. Charles Rangel's rivals today, joining the short list of local Democratic officeholders officially opposing the re-election of the dean of the New York delegation.
State Senator Gustavo Rivera said today that Adriano Espaillat would bring "passion and energy to congress."
"I look forward to campaigning for Adriano, particularly in the Bronx, to get him elected as our next Congressman," Rivera said, in a statement.
Earlier this week, Oscar de le Renta, the world-famous fashion designer, endorsed State Senator Adriano Espaillat in his primary challenge to 21-term Rep. Charles Rangel.
Today, Rangel's campaign manager, Moises Perez, accused de la Renta of being "the poster child of the 1 percent," in an interview with blogger Roberto Perez (no relation).
Oscar de la Renta endorses Espaillat's 'historic run to change the political landscape of this country'
Adriano Espaillat's congressional campaign has sought to cast his bid to oust Rep. Charles Rangel in grand, historical terms. Yesterday, for example, a volunteer compared the prospect of Espaillat becoming the first Dominican-American congressman to the 2008 election of the first African-American as president.