Adriano Espaillat's campaign for Congress, which was thought to be over when he conceded to Charlie Rangel on Election Night, will appear in New York County court on Monday to challenge the process of counting ballots in what has become an increasingly close margin.
“We are pleased with the Court’s decision to hold a hearing on the Board of Elections’ proceedings in the 13th Congressional District race," said spokesman Ibrahim Kahn in a statement announcing the hearing.
Democrats in Congress just voted unanimously to support a planned walk-out by the Congressional Black Caucus this afternoon, when the House considers whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, according to a source in Washington.
An out-of-state anti-incumbent super PAC that's currently targeting Charlie Rangel won't be showing up in many FEC reports.(1)
On Wednesday night, Charlie Rangel got a boost from Bill Clinton, in the form of some pre-recorded praise that played at the congressman's annual birthday party fund-raiser.
Clinton hasn't formally endorsed Rangel in the race, owing in part to the presence of former aide Clyde Williams, but a slew of former associates and aides have recently given to the congressman's campaign.
Governor Andrew Cuomo won't be attending Charlie Rangel's big birthday party tonight, according to a spokesman for the governor.
At a press conference announcing the endorsement of Christine Quinn this afternoon, Rangel said he assumed the governor had endorsed him, but wasn't entirely sure.
Josh Vlasto, a spokesman for Cuomo, said this afternoon that the governor won't be issuing any endorsements, in any races, until after the legislative session has concluded.
With just two weeks remaining until the primary election in his heavily-Democratic Harlem district, Charlie Rangel sat for an extended television interview last night, on Fox News.
A spokesman for the anti-incumbent super PAC that's targeting Charlie Rangel said this afternoon that the group might add longtime Michigan congressman John Conyers to its list of targets.
"We're looking at it," said Curtis Ellis, the spokesman for the Campaign for Primary Accountability.
The super PAC that's targeting Charlie Rangel made its first official foray into his primary contest over the weekend.
A month before the voters in Charlie Rangel's district vote in a primary that pits him against (among others) State Senator Adriano Espaillat, the two candidates held competing Washington Heights rallies six blocks away from each other.
The anti-incumbent super PAC that's targeting Charlie Rangel is now soliciting small-dollar donations for its campaign to unseat the 42-year incumbent.
"Perhaps no single incumbent politician deserves to be fired more than the ethically-challenged Rangel," wrote Eric O'Keefe, the co-chairman of the Campaign for Primary Accountability in an email to supporters this morning.
Even without a $10 million, Jeremiah Wright-themed ad campaign, conservative billionaire Joe Ricketts is poised to have an outsize effect on the 2012 cycle.
But it might not be all bad for Democrats.
State Senator Adriano Espaillat has never seen a race quite like the one he's running against 42-year incumbent Charlie Rangel.
"Oh it's exciting," Espaillat said with a big smile. "The level of enthusiasm out there, I've never seen it in all my years of politics. People are just all over this. This is a nice one. I feel good about it."
Referring to the anti-incumbent super PAC that added him to its list of targets earlier this week, Charlie Rangel said, "I've been on enemy hit lists all of my political life. I was so honored to be on the Nixon political hit list. I was almost equally as proud to be on a hit list where Secretary of the Treasury Geithner was one of a handful with me, to be targets for destruction. And now I find out that the PAC who has a very limited number of Democratic targets has picked me as a target."
The Campaign for Primary Accountability, a new super PAC bent on purging incumbents of both parties, has decided to make Charlie Rangel a target.
"Charlie Rangel is a model of the long-term incumbent who becomes too comfortable with the special interests that infest Washington," the group said in a release this morning.
After Charlie Rangel said he "would welcome" the idea that reporters would ask President Obama whether he supports the longtime congressman in his upcoming primary, a reporter did just that during today's White House press briefing.
It seemed like an easy question for Press Secretary Jay Carney, who had already suffered a half-hour interrogation on the president's position on same-sex marriage, but the curveball flustered him, and he let out an awkward heavy breath.