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”

Al Sharpton and Speaker Mark-Viverito Blast Media: ‘They Just Went Crazy on Melissa’

Melissa Mark-Viverito speaking at the National Action Network headquarters earlier today. (Photo: NYC Council/Will Alatriste)
Melissa Mark-Viverito speaking at the National Action Network headquarters earlier today. (Photo: NYC Council/Will Alatriste)

Newly-elected City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the Rev. Al Sharpton went after the media this morning, accusing the city’s news outlets of being out-of-touch with voters.

In her first major appearance since Wednesday’s vote crowning her the second-most-powerful elected official in the city, the progressive firebrand told Mr. Sharpton’s National Action Network in Harlem that this year’s election victories signaled a sea change in New York that the mainstream media resisted. Continue reading “Al Sharpton and Speaker Mark-Viverito Blast Media: ‘They Just Went Crazy on Melissa’”

Charlie Rangel So Excited to Run for Re-election He Asks Reporter to Dance With Him

Congressman Charlie Rangel today.
Congressman Charlie Rangel today.

Congressman Charlie Rangel officially kicked off his re-election bid in Harlem this afternoon, telling reporters that he “feels so good it scares the hell out of me” and even asking one female journalist to dance with him in celebration. Continue reading “Charlie Rangel So Excited to Run for Re-election He Asks Reporter to Dance With Him”

David Paterson Passes on Congressional Campaign

David Paterson says he's not running for Congress. (Photo: Steve Mack/Getty Images)
David Paterson. (Photo: Steve Mack/Getty)

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. Continue reading “David Paterson Passes on Congressional Campaign”