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February 27, 2014

Rangel Primary Challenger To Announce Rematch

Rangel Primary Challenger To Announce Rematch

Rangel's 2012 primary challenger is running again in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

State Sen. Adriano Espaillat is scheduled to announce at noon Thursday that he will once again challenge 22-term Rep. Charles B. Rangel in New York’s 13th District.

Rangel narrowly defeated Espaillat, another Democrat, in 2012. The New York state legislator’s candidacy for the Harlem and Bronx-based district was widely expected. Full story

December 19, 2013

Charlie Rangel to Seek Re-Election in 2014 (Updated)

Charlie Rangel to Seek Re Election in 2014 (Updated)

Rangel said he will seek another term. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., announced Thursday he will seek a 23rd term in an op-ed he wrote for the New York Daily News.

While most political operatives brush off any notion that Rangel would leave office on his own will, he cast some doubt about his congressional future in an email to supporters earlier this week.

“I have been contemplating my own future and the role I want to play in the fight with my family,” he wrote on Sunday. “I plan to make a decision shortly and will announce before the holidays. Please stay tuned.” Full story

September 23, 2013

Rangel Gets Fundraising Help From His Committee Friends

Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., has no obvious electoral challenger, but some of his House Democratic colleagues are busy helping him bulk up his campaign bank account for 2014.

Rangel, 83, has long been the target of retirement rumors and recently confirmed he’s searching for a successor. This year, Rangel reported a lousy first quarter but rebounded in the next three months by raising almost $200,000.

Eight members of the House Ways and Means Committee are set to attend a fundraiser in his honor in early October, according to an invitation obtained by CQ Roll Call. Rangel’s cocktail party fundraiser is scheduled just after the third quarter’s Sept. 30 fundraising deadline.

“I am so honored that my dear friend Congressman Sandy Levin and many of my colleagues from the Ways & Means committee are hosting a fundraiser to support me,” Rangel wrote in an email to supporters. Levin is the ranking member of the committee.

Here is the invite:

 

Rangel Gets Fundraising Help From His Committee Friends

 

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July 9, 2012

New York: Adriano Espaillat Concedes (Again) to Charlie Rangel

New York: Adriano Espaillat Concedes (Again) to Charlie Rangel

State Sen. Adriano Espaillat, seen here campaigning last month, conceded again to Rep. Charlie Rangel today, bringing the contentious primary officially to a close. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

New York State Sen. Adriano Espaillat (D), the top rival to Rep. Charlie Rangel in a bitter and closely contested primary, today conceded the race for the second time.

Espaillat also said he was dropping a lawsuit regarding the vote-counting in the June 26 race. On Election Day, it appeared Rangel had won by a wide margin, but further counting of ballots found the race to be much closer.

“My attorneys have advised me … that the math just doesn’t work. It’s virtually impossible for the results to change,” Espaillat said at a press conference today, according to a tweet from the New York Observer. Full story

July 6, 2012

New York: Charlie Rangel Vote Drama Deepens

Updated 6:38 p.m. | Longtime Rep. Charlie Rangel probably received more votes than any other candidate in June’s contentious and close 13th district Democratic primary in New York. But that doesn’t mean the 21-term Member has won renomination to his seat just yet.

The ongoing drama continued today as the New York City Board of Elections counted votes in the Harlem and Bronx-based district. With more ballots left to count, Rangel’s lead widened to more than 1,000 votes, according to a local reporter.

But the most interesting news came from a column in today’s New York Daily News. Columnist Juan Gonzalez said there were some apparently unusual meetings held between a BOE official and Rangel aides.

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July 5, 2012

New York: Charlie Rangel Vote Drama Continues

New York: Charlie Rangel Vote Drama Continues

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Vote counting continued today in New York’s 13th Congressional district to determine who won the close Democratic primary race between Rep. Charlie Rangel and state Sen. Adriano Espaillat.

The Associated Press determined Rangel to be the winner by a comfortable margin on the night of the election, but by Saturday, his lead was down to 802 votes. The Board of Elections today began counting provisional and absentee ballots.

It still appears unlikely that the 21-term incumbent will lose the race, but the case is under review by a judge, who could call for a recount, or even a revote, if irregularities in the voting process warrant. Full story

July 2, 2012

New York: Court Hears Charlie Rangel Ballot Challenge

New York: Court Hears Charlie Rangel Ballot Challenge

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

There’s a bit of a worm in the apparent Big Apple primary victory of storied Rep. Charlie Rangel (D).

Rangel originally appeared to have beaten his top competitor, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, by a wide margin. The New York City Board of Elections now says that with normal ballots counted, Rangel is up by only 802 votes, or about 2 percent of votes cast.

But with more than 2,000 other paper ballots, such as provisional and absentee (from city voters as well as military service members overseas), as yet uncounted, his margin could shrink.

The results are still unofficial and there is a possibility, if very slight, that Rangel didn’t actually win the election. Or, at least, that there could be a recount. Full story

By Joshua Miller Posted at 4:44 p.m.
House 2012, N.Y.-13

June 26, 2012

New York: Charlie Rangel Survives Primary Challenge

New York: Charlie Rangel Survives Primary Challenge

(Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Twenty-one-term Rep. Charlie Rangel, the Democratic icon who chaired the powerful House Ways and Means Committee and was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, survived the fiercest primary challenge of his career Tuesday night.

Despite a seemingly perfect storm of circumstances that swirled against the New York lawmaker this cycle, the force of incumbency and his long history in the district propelled him to victory against his top challenger, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat.

“No one was able to make a compelling case for why voters should take a chance and vote for someone different, which would mean the loss of seniority and perceived loss of power,” New York Democratic strategist Basil Smikle said. Full story

June 22, 2012

New York: Report Says Andrew Cuomo Endorses Charlie Rangel

New York: Report Says Andrew Cuomo Endorses Charlie Rangel

Rep. Charlie Rangel (above) was endorsed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo today. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Powerful New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) today endorsed New York Rep. Charlie Rangel’s re-election bid,  the Empire State political blog Capital Tonight reports.

Rangel, facing a daunting Democratic primary challenge on Tuesday in the reconfigured 13th district, is seen by New York Democratic insiders as increasingly vulnerable as the result of a lackluster campaign.

There’s a growing sense among New York politicos that the 82-year-old Democratic icon, who was first elected in 1970, could well be unseated. His top competitor is ambitious state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, who, if elected, would become the first Dominican-American Congressman. Also on the ballot are Clyde Williams, a former national political director at the Democratic National Committee, retired business executive Joyce Johnson, and frequent candidate Craig Schley.

The winner of the Democratic primary is almost certain to be the winner of the general election in November, given the heavy Democratic lean of the Harlem-anchored district.

June 15, 2012

New York: Alan Grayson Pitches for Charlie Rangel

Former Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), running in a Democratic-leaning district in a bid to return to Congress, today emailed supporters soliciting donations for vulnerable Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.).

In the June 26 Democratic primary, the 82-year-old Rangel faces the most difficult election of his career since he unseated longtime Rep. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. (D-N.Y.) in 1970.

Grayson recounted Rangel’s biography, from his tough childhood in poverty to his heroic service and wartime injury during the Korean War.

“Charlie Rangel, that child of the ghetto, that fatherless dropout, that juvenile delinquent, that bedridden, wounded, crippled young man, is now the 20th longest-serving Member of Congress in history,” Grayson wrote. “Anybody can do anything.”

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New York: Charlie Rangel Spending More Money Than He’s Raising

New York Rep. Charlie Rangel (D), in the toughest primary of his career since he came to Congress in 1970, pulled in more than $29,000 from fellow Members from April 1 to June 6, according to newly filed fundraising reports.

But all the help from his colleagues wasn’t enough to keep the campaign’s burn rate below 100 percent. The Rangel campaign spent $344,000 during the pre-primary period but raised $297,000 during that two-month period. That left the 82-year-old Congressman with just $179,000 in cash on hand as of June 6 — not a huge sum for the last days of a competitive election. The primary is June 26. Full story

May 30, 2012

New York: Charlie Rangel Picks Up Bloomberg Endorsement

New York: Charlie Rangel Picks Up Bloomberg Endorsement

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Charlie Rangel, facing a serious primary challenge next month, today picked up the endorsement of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) and former New York Mayor and Rep. Ed Koch (D).

“I’m proud to join with Ed Koch and so many others in endorsing Charlie Rangel,” Bloomberg said in a statement released by the veteran Democrat’s campaign. “For more than four decades, he has delivered for New York City time and time again. We’ve had six very different Mayors during his tenure in Congress, but we all shared one thing in common: when the City needs results in Washington, you pick up the phone and call Congressman Rangel.” Full story

May 8, 2012

New York: Super PAC Takes Aim at Charlie Rangel

New York: Super PAC Takes Aim at Charlie Rangel

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Campaign for Primary Accountability, a nonpartisan super PAC that has successfully targeted incumbents this cycle by supporting primary challengers, will next turn its substantial financial resources against longtime Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.).

The group announced it “will make independent expenditures opposing Rep. Rangel and supporting state Sen. Adriano Espaillat.” Super PAC spokesman Curtis Ellis wouldn’t specify how much the CPA would spend against Rangel, but he noted that in its previous efforts, the group usually spends six-figure sums in its races. Full story

March 28, 2012

Anti-Incumbent Super PAC Adds Jones, Moran to Target List

Anti Incumbent Super PAC Adds Jones, Moran to Target List

Rep. Walter Jones Jr. is one of two Members that an anti-incumbent super PAC has decided to target. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 7:39 p.m. | The Campaign for Primary Accountability plans to launch spending crusades against Reps. Walter Jones Jr. (R-N.C.) and Jim Moran (D-Va.) as part of the super PAC’s growing list of targeted races.

The deep-pocketed super PAC also announced a “Watch List” of more than two dozen veteran Members whom it plans to evaluate and potentially target during the height of primary season during the next three months. Full story

February 22, 2012

New York: Grimm Drumbeat Grows Louder

New York: Grimm Drumbeat Grows Louder

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The headlines about Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) could be worse — but it would take some imagination.

For now, however, Big Apple political operatives see him weathering the storm.

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