Senator Kirsten Gillibrand became a highly coveted endorser during the primary campaigns this year, but one would-be endorsement never came together.
Rangel's margin of victory went from 5 percent last night to 3 percent this morning. [Associated Press]
Adriano Espaillat released a statement that refers to "voting results that continue to come in." [No Link]
A local paper in the Bronx is keeping a close eye on the results. [@RiverdalePress]
A "firm victory." [Jonathan Hicks]
Rangel, popular enough. [Kevin Loria](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.
The censure didn't kill Charlie Rangel's congressional career, and neither did redistricting, as he won a multicandidate primary yesterday with 45 percent of the vote.
Reuters summed up the race for the newly drawn congressional seat in Queens as a Get Out the Vote fight between three major Democratic candidates with largely similar stances on major issues: Assemblywoman Grace Meng, Assemblyman Rory Lancman, and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley.
Retiring congressman Gary Ackerman: "I think the people have gotten dumber." [Josh Tyrangiel]
"The speaker's pattern of maintaining dialogue with both senior administration officials and their most prominent critics is a shift from her earlier days o the Council, when she was far more often on the outs, first with Mayor Rudy Giuliani and then Michael Bloomberg." [Paul Schindler](2)
The three main Democratic candidates for an open congressional seat in Queens are arguing about how to fund Social Security in a way that ensures 100 percent of current benefits for seniors and future retirees over the long term.
I'll be sitting on a panel moderating a debate among the Democratic congressional candidates in NY-6 at the Juniper Park Civic Association this Thursday. And on June 21, I'll be moderating another forum with the candidates, in Forest Hills.(1)
An actual policy difference between two of the candidates in the race for an open congressional seat in Queens: City Councilwoman Liz Crowley said at a debate last night that she opposed raising taxes in order to fund Social Security.
The Queens Chronicle has vowed to keep an eye on The Queens Tribune, which has a side business printing literature for politicians who are, frequently, covered in the pages of their newspaper. The name of that side business is Multi-Media.
City Coucilwoman Elizabeth Crowley made the delectability argument, during an interview on NY1 last night about her congressional race:
"I think that's what sets me apart from my two opponents. I've been proven to beat Republicans in general elections in the past. I'm a New York City Council member that is the fist Democrat and the first female to represent the 30th council district."
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.
Jeff Gottlieb, the Board of Elections employee who jumped into the race for an open congressional seat in Queens, is declining to run for the seat himself. But he made way for a replacement, which he's entitled to do at this stage of the petitioning process.