A couple of notable departures from the pack came from Chris Smith, who expects Barron to give Jeffries a heart attack, but not a fatal one, and field-operations expert Doug Forand, who sees Espaillat beating Rangel.
Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillbrand, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Governor Andrew Cuomo all endorsed Velazquez in the primary, demonstrating that they would rather cross a local county leader than abandon a scandal-free, reliable Democratic colleague.(1)
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. articulated what may very well be a sticking point in redrawing congressional districts for Rep. Charlie Rangel and others in the New York City delegation.
There's speculation that Rangel's district in upper Manhattan will extend north, all the way to Mount Vernon, in order to regain enough African-American voters to make it more likely that Rangel will get re-elected, and to make it easier, theoretically, for an African-American to succeed him.(1)
According to his latest filings, Rep. Joseph Crowley has $849,296 in his campaign account, far more than the newly elected Republican in the neigborhing district whom he could face after their congressional lines are redrawn.
Republican Rep. Bob Turner, who won his seat in a special election last September, has only $72,600 on hand, according to his latest filing. (Two weeks before election day last year, Turner's campaign was down to just $2,000.)