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 Questions Why Obama Thought He Could Work With ‘Mean, Racist’ Tea Party

Charlie Rangel on Inside City Hall last night. (screengrab: NY1)
Charlie Rangel on Inside City Hall last night.

Congressman Charlie Rangel is clearly not a big fan of the Tea Party.

The veteran Harlem Democrat last night declared that the conservative activists are not only difficult to deal with, but that it’s hard to work with anyone, such as President Barack Obama, who “really thought … that he could deal with the Tea Party.”  Continue reading “Rangel Questions Why Obama Thought He Could Work With ‘Mean, Racist’ Tea Party”

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”

Bill de Blasio Visits Two Churches Blocks From East Harlem Explosion

Mayor Bill de Blasio speaking at the Church of God. (Photo: NYC Mayor's Office)
Mayor Bill de Blasio speaking at the Church of God. (Photo: NYC Mayor’s Office)
Mayor Bill de Blasio today addressed the congregations of two churches just blocks from last week’s East Harlem gas explosion, attempting to offer comfort to a community still reeling from the sudden deaths of eight locals.

Mr. de Blasio appeared at a large, predominately African-American church and a low-slung Spanish-speaking church, where he layered his speeches with Christian rhetoric and promises of help for the victims of the catastrophe.  Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Visits Two Churches Blocks From East Harlem Explosion”

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”