Charlie Rangel faces another primary challenge on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
It’s become cliché to describe Rep. Charles B. Rangel as being “in the fight of his political life.”
That’s because the New York Democrat’s previous battles have been plentiful and perilous: ethics violations, House censure, and a 1,086-vote margin in last cycle’s primary.
Rangel faces another challenge — a rematch against state Sen. Adriano Espaillat — in Tuesday’s primary. His congressional allies are increasingly confident he will survive this too, but the challenges he faces in his Harlem-based district remain precarious.
“My gut is that the momentum is on Charlie Rangel’s side,” said Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., said in a Thursday interview with CQ Roll Call.
“If you remember, he was walking with a cane, he had been in and out of hospitals,” she added of his 2012 primary against Espaillat. “This time, he is not sick. He’s the old Charlie, with lots of energy and lots of optimism and lots of hard work.”