Rep. Charlie Rangel, the dean of New York's congressional delegation and a former colleague of Anthony Weiner, downplayed Weiner's potential impact on the mayor's race in an appearance on MSNBC today.
Rep. Charlie Rangel would like President Obama to offer a better explanation for why the Justice Department collected phone records for the Associated Press.
Rep. Charlie Rangel hasn't heard good things about Marco Rubio's rebuttal to the State of the Union.
"I think most people were embarrassed by his performance," Rangel told Juan Williams on Fox News Latino. "He didn't live up to the expectations that Republicanss had. And while I didn't see it, the most I heard about it was he tried to get a drink of water off-camera and he missed that opportunity."(1)
Republican leaders emerged from their retreat in Williamsburg today pledging to pass a short-term extension of the debt ceiling.
"Next week, we will authorize a three month temporary debt limit increase to give the Senate and House time to pass a budget," said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a statement.(3)
Charlie Rangel hopes President Obama is serious about not negotiating with House Republicans over the debt ceiling, even if Rangel isn't quite clear how that will work.
"I have no idea what that means, but I'm going to be a spectator for that one, I'm going to have a front row seat," Rangel said in an afternoon meeting with local reporters at his Harlem office. "But I can't run around telling those Republicans in Washington that he's not going to negotiate with you, when they're running around saying, 'blood, blood, blood, blood, blood.'"(1)
"I don't see how an individual, male or female, could be better qualified for that particular office," Charlie Rangel said of Hillary Clinton. "If we had to put together all of the things we wish we could do to have a human being be our commander in chief and president; wow, right? The thing is I don't think you need all those attributes to be a good president, but I just think she would be overwhelming."
Last week, a spokesperson for Rep. Charlie Rangel was skeptical when I first inquired about a Mississippi gun dealer that appeared to have named a short-barrel assault rifle for the longtime Harlem congressman.(2)
Charlie Rangel, the long-serving, fiercely pro-gun-control congressman, appears to have the honor of having an assault rifle named for him.(3)
On MSNBC this afternoon, Rep. Charlie Rangel said he was pleased that Mitt Romney's "incompetency" might help re-elect President Obama, but concerned about the effect of Romney's foreign policy statements on international relations.
"When I start listening to how ridiculous their remarks get, and Romney's response to Iran and Libya, I think they are becoming a threat to our national security," Rangel said. "We just cannot afford that type of incompetency, and we cannot afford for our friends and allies to believe that people who have this immature response to international disasters for us could possibly be president of the United States."
Despite a "perfect storm" that should have propelled Adriano Espaillat, Charlie Rangel's campaign manager suggested last night that Espaillat was lucky to avoid an "ass-whupping" at the hands of the longtime incumbent.
At a panel discussion on the aftermath of the race, Moises Perez dismissed the idea that Espaillat had over-performed, given Espaillat's status as the first Dominican congressional candidate, combined with the recent Dominican elections and a prolonged fight for a Dominican-drawn seat.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand became a highly coveted endorser during the primary campaigns this year, but one would-be endorsement never came together.
Almost 40 minutes after the start of last Tuesday's meeting of the New York City Board of Elections, Juan Carlos Polanco, one of the board's ten commissioners, decided to address what he called the “elephant in the room.”
State Senator Adriano Espaillat won a preliminary round in court this morning, as he wages a legal and public relations fight to challenge what initially appeared to be an overwhelming victory by Representative Charlie Rangel in last week's Democratic primary.
A state supreme court judge in the Bronx decided today to block the city Board of Elections from certifying the primary election results with state officials and will retain oversight of the paper ballot counting currently underway in Manhattan.
In a courtroom packed with onlookers anticipating the next twist in the tightening congressional race between Charlie Rangel and Adriano Espaillat, an attorney for Espaillat told Justice Donna Mills this afternoon that the campaign would withdraw its current slate of complaints about Tuesday's primary and file a broader petition tomorrow.(1)
Representative Charlie Rangel sent out a fund-raising email to supporters this morning, appealing for donations to help fight any potential legal battles in his suddenly close race for re-election against State Senator Adriano Espaillat.
After declaring victory on primary night based on the unofficial tallies, it was discovered that several pro-Espaillat precincts hadn't been accounted for, leading the race to tighten significantly as those counts came in. Over the weekend, the Board of Elections sent out an updated, but still unofficial count, that put Rangel ahead by 802 votes.