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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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”

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”