Former Gov. David Paterson has ruled out for good a run at Congressman Charlie Rangel’s seat.
“I would like to make it clear that I have no intention of running for Congress in the 13th District, either now or in the future,” Mr. Paterson said in a statement issued this morning to address recent speculation.
On the Sidelines
Congressman Charlie Rangel has a solution for bypassing gridlock in Washington D.C.: executive orders for “everything.”
Law & Order
Congressman Charlie Rangel has never been shy about criticizing his conservative colleagues in Washington, but he was reluctant to criticize Republican mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota today.
I Fought the Law and
“I didn’t get up in the morning ready to go to jail,” Charlie Rangel told Politicker today.
“I went to speak to the throngs of people and to give them encouragement,” he said. “Some people recognized me and asked me if I would get arrested with them: ‘Why won’t you, are you with us?’ I thought there’d be enough younger people getting arrested rather than me but I couldn’t walk away.”
New York Congressmen Charlie Rangel and Joe Crowley were among eight federal lawmakers reportedly arrested at an immigration reform rally in Washington D.C. earlier this evening.
Although it’s still far from clear what caused today’s fatal incident on Capitol Hill–where a car chase and gunshots reportedly left one woman dead–federal lawmakers were placed in sudden lockdown and scrambling for answers.
Among them was New York Congressman Charlie Rangel, who said his first thought was that it related to the partial government shutdown currently gripping Washington.
New York Congressman Charlie Rangel and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann faced off on CNN’s Crossfire tonight.
Predictably, there were fireworks.
Together At Last
At 4 p.m. yesterday, he gathered with a former Republican senator and conservative Jewish leaders in a roped-off avenue in Crown Heights. An hour later and just a mile away, he was standing in a Bed-Stuy shopping plaza, rallying with liberal African-American congressmen and members of the teacher’s union.
Former Comptroller Bill Thompson, a Democratic candidate for mayor, is counting on this peculiar combination for Tuesday, hoping to forge seemingly disparate groups into a winning coalition.
After seven months, they’ve made it official.
Former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer, the Democratic nominee for mayor in 2005, formally threw his support to former Comptroller Bill Thompson this afternoon–support that dates back to at least December of last year. Mr. Ferrer said his then-job as interim head of the MTA prohibited him from making political endorsements at the time.
“Something happened in December,” Mr. Ferrer told Politicker when asked about the timing. “I became acting chairman of the MTA and I did not believe it was appropriate for me to opine on any political campaign while I held that position. I’m sure you can understand that. That’s not a requirement in law, that’s my requirement.”
A jury of his peers may have found George Zimmerman innocent, but–many miles away from the Sanford, Florida case–New York City lawmakers aren’t done with the controversy
The city’s congressional delegation gathered this afternoon in Lower Manhattan to condemn the trial’s verdict, while at the same time, praising the Department of Justice’s willingness to investigate the killing of 17-year-old Trayon Martin.
“The families should know, while they’ve lost their dear son, they’ve gained a groundswell of Americans who really want us to do the right thing,” said Congressman Charlie Rangel, the senior member of the delegation. “There’s no place that a young black male can go without carrying the additional burden of being a black male.”