Espaillat Brings Beefed-Up Campaign Machine to Second Rangel Fight

State Senator Adriano Espaillat.
State Senator Adriano Espaillat.

For State Senator Adriano Espaillat’s 2012 congressional bid, the El Barrio vote proved fatal.

The heavily Latino neighborhood was supposed to give Mr. Espaillat the boost he needed to depose longtime Congressman Charlie Rangel. Instead, Mr. Rangel crushed Mr. Espaillat in the East Harlem neighborhood by more than 2,500 votes, ultimately earning another term in Congress by a slim, 1,000-vote margin.

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Rangel Surrogates Target Espaillat’s Re-election Plans

Congressman Charlie Rangel. (Photo: Getty)
Congressman Charlie Rangel. (Photo: Getty)

Congressman Charlie Rangel’s re-election campaign is wielding ex-pols as surrogates to cast doubt on his chief rival’s integrity. 

Robert Jackson and Adam Clayton Powell IV, both former uptown lawmakers, slammed State Senator Adriano Espaillat this week for leaving the door open to seeking re-election to the senate if his rematch congressional bid against Mr. Rangel fails. Continue reading “Rangel Surrogates Target Espaillat’s Re-election Plans”

Congressional Candidate Denies Supporting AIDS Conspiracy Theory

Rev. Mike Walrond on NY1 last night.
Pastor Mike Walrond on NY1 last night.

Harlem pastor and congressional candidate Mike Walrond insisted last night that he doesn’t think the government infected African-Americans with AIDS, despite a report indicating he found the theory “credible.”

Mr. Walrond, a Democrat challenging longtime Congressman Charlie Rangel, told host Errol Louis on NY1’s Inside City Hall that a recent New York Post report drawing on a 2008 story in the The Economist, did not properly contextualize his comments. Continue reading “Congressional Candidate Denies Supporting AIDS Conspiracy Theory”

Karim Camara Endorses Adriano Espaillat for Congress

State Senator Adriano Espaillat with Assemblyman Karim Camara today.
State Senator Adriano Espaillat with Assemblyman Karim Camara today.

Assemblyman Karim Camara endorsed State Senator Adriano Espaillat’s bid against Congressman Charlie Rangel this morning, a largely symbolic move attempting to show that Mr. Espaillat is successfully dipping into the incumbent’s African-American base.

Mr. Camara, the leader of the state legislature’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus, hails from central Brooklyn and did not make an endorsement when Mr. Espaillat first tried to unseat Mr. Rangel two years ago. While Mr. Camara’s constituency resides nowhere near the northern Manhattan and Bronx district that Mr. Espaillat is hoping to win, the lawmaker, who is considered by many to be a rising star in the Democratic party, promised to work to “amplify” Mr. Espaillat’s accomplishments in the district. Continue reading “Karim Camara Endorses Adriano Espaillat for Congress”

Espaillat Adds NAN Field Director to Congressional Campaign Team

State Senator Adriano Espaillat. (Photo: Facebook)
State Senator Adriano Espaillat. (Photo: Facebook)

State Senator Adriano Espaillat has tapped the National Action Network’s national field director to join his campaign as a senior adviser, adding another high-profile weapon to his repeat bid to unseat Congressman Charlie Rangel.  Continue reading “Espaillat Adds NAN Field Director to Congressional Campaign Team”

Melissa Mark-Viverito Joins Adriano Espaillat on the Campaign Trail

Melissa Mark-Viverito introduces Adriano Espaillat to constituents.
Melissa Mark-Viverito introducing Adriano Espaillat to constituents this morning.

Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito hit the campaign trail with congressional hopeful State Senator Adriano Espaillat this morning, putting her weight behind the man who hopes to dethrone the dean of New York’s Congressional delegation.

Mr. Espaillat yesterday launched his campaign to unseat Congressman Charles Rangel, who is running for his 23rd term representing his uptown district. Ms. Mark-Viverito endorsed Mr. Rangel in a contest between the two back in 2012, when he won narrowly, but this time has sided with Mr. Espaillat, suggesting that he could earn significant backing from the city’s new class of elected officials. Continue reading “Melissa Mark-Viverito Joins Adriano Espaillat on the Campaign Trail”

Espaillat Launches Bid for Congress: ‘We’re Very Optimistic We Will Win’

Adriano Espaillat's kickoff rally.
Adriano Espaillat’s kickoff rally.

State Senator Adriano Espaillat kicked off his rematch campaign against Congressman Charlie Rangel this afternoon, vowing to unify the district as he attempts to defeat the state’s longest-serving congressman once again.

Standing in front of dozens of supporters at the gilded United Palace Theater in Washington Heights, Mr. Espaillat promised “a big tent approach to politics. As big as this room, if not bigger.” Continue reading “Espaillat Launches Bid for Congress: ‘We’re Very Optimistic We Will Win’”