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’”

Espaillat to Announce Rangel Challenge Tomorrow

Adriano Espaillat speaking to his supporters the night of his congressional challenge. (Photo: Facebook)
Adriano Espaillat speaking to his supporters the night of his last congressional challenge. (Photo: Facebook)

State Senator Adriano Espaillat will announce his plans to challenge Congressman Charlie Rangel for the second time at a rally tomorrow in Washington Heights, according to his campaign.

The event will kick off a three-day tour across the 13th Congressional District, which Mr. Rangel is hoping to represent for a 23rd term. Continue reading “Espaillat to Announce Rangel Challenge Tomorrow”

Bill de Blasio Praises Charlie Rangel Challenger

Mike Walrond. (Photo: Walrond Campaign)
Mike Walrond. (Photo: Walrond Campaign)

Mayor Bill de Blasio this afternoon praised one of Congressman Charlie Rangel’s primary challengers, the Pastor Michael Walrond, but said it is too early to take sides in the race.

“I think the world of Pastor Walrond. He is a good friend,” Mr. de Blasio told Politicker when asked about his relationship with Mr. Walrond at an unrelated Harlem press conference. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Praises Charlie Rangel Challenger”

Espaillat Chooses de Blasio Operative to Run Expected Congressional Bid

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

State Senator Adriano Espaillat has hired a campaign manager for his probable bid against Congressman Charlie Rangel. 

Mr. Espaillat recently chose Jesse Campoamor, an 1199 SEIU operative who worked on Bill de Blasio’s successful mayoral campaign, to steer his congressional challenge, two sources with knowledge of the decision told Politicker.  Continue reading “Espaillat Chooses de Blasio Operative to Run Expected Congressional Bid”

Adriano Espaillat Hires Fund-Raising Firm Ahead of Bid Against Rangel

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

State Senator Adriano Espaillat has hired a prominent Democratic fund-raising firm–the latest sign the uptown lawmaker is serious about trying to unseat Congressman Charlie Rangel again.

The firm, Bedford Grove, will assist Mr. Espaillat in building a national fund-raising network for a likely bid against Mr. Rangel, a source close to Mr. Espaillat told Politicker. The firm began working with Mr. Espaillat earlier this month. Continue reading “Adriano Espaillat Hires Fund-Raising Firm Ahead of Bid Against Rangel”

Walrond to Announce Rangel Challenge Tomorrow

Mike Walrond. (Photo: Walrond Campaign)
Mike Walrond. (Photo: Walrond Campaign)

Rev. Mike Walrond will officially kick off his run for Congress tomorrow evening, potentially complicating Congressman Charlie Rangel’s path to re-election. 

Mr. Walrond, a pastor at a large Harlem church and the head of the clergy division at Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, will face Mr. Rangel and most likely State Senator Adriano Espaillat, who has been gearing up for a rematch after nearly knocking off the veteran congressman in 2012. Continue reading “Walrond to Announce Rangel Challenge Tomorrow”