Here's a campaign flier from State Senator Adriano Espaillat attacking his Democratic primary challenger and fellow Dominican lawmaker, Assemblyman Guillermo Linares for endorsing Rep. Charlie Rangel for re-election in the newly drawn, majority-Latino congressional seat in Northern Manhattan and the Bronx.
The flier says "When Guillermo Linares had the chance to help send the first Latino from Northern Manhattan to congress…He chose instead to betray us."
Espaillat is not done settling scores with some of his Democratic colleagues.
This morning, he announced he was endorsing Mark Gjonaj, who is challenging one of his Democratic colleagues in the state Assembly, Naomi Rivera, who publicly backed Rangel in the primary race.
"Nobody has worked harder or delivered more than Mark Gjonaj," Espaillat said in a statement.
Today's big news is almost certainly going to be the Supreme Court's ruling on the constitutionality of President Obama's health care plan.
In the meantime, though, we have a bit of unexpected news from Tuesday's otherwise surprise-free New York congressional primaries: In the 11th congressional district, where Rep. Charlie Rangel appears to have held off a challenge from State Senator Adriano Espaillat, the Associated Press and city Board of Elections reported different numbers, and now Rangel's victory is "razor-thin."(1)
Though the New York Times imprematur can be crucial in competitive local Democratic primaries, it doesn't appear to have played a meaningful role in any of yesterday's congressional races, in which three of the paper's five chosen candidates won.
A reader got this piece of literature in the mail, suggesting Clyde Williams has the support of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, both of whom he's worked for.
Rep. Charlie Rangel's never seemed have his heart set on running for re-election, daring reporters to ask President Obama if he's supporting him, publicly declaring his assumption that Andrew Cuomo would do, and recounting his confrontation with a Times editorial board member over their "ridiculous" decision to endorse one of his rivals for the second election in a row.(1)
After an endorsement event at City Hall this afternoon, Representative Charlie Rangel said it was "ridiculous" that the New York Times endorsed his opponents in two consecutive races, and described confronting Eleanor Randolph, a member of the paper's editorial board, to describe the "formula" that could lead to such a conclusion.
An out-of-state anti-incumbent super PAC that's currently targeting Charlie Rangel won't be showing up in many FEC reports.(1)
A top strategist on State Senator Adriano Espaillat's campaign sent a memo to top supporters yesterday touting their fund-raising and, remarkably, saying that they see no evidence of support for 21-term incumbent congressman Charlie Rangel.(1)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg will show up for Rep. Charlie Rangel after all, lending his name to the 81-year-old lawmaker's upcoming birthday party fund-raiser at the Sheraton hotel next month.(1)
Obama uses Sarah Jessica Parker the way he used George Clooney. [Jonathan Lemire]
"And like the 'super PACs' that are playing such a huge role in the presidential race, these big-money, school-based political entities could be determinants in the mayoral race." [Mary Ann Giordano]
A top adviser to Rep. Charlie Rangel said he feels good about the 21-term congressman's chances for re-election, despite a newly configued district and strong opposition in the June 26 primary.
"Clyde Williams is not as well known in the district as Senator Espaillat," Ellis said. " He doesn't have that solid record of representing people."
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.