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Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta endorsed State Senator Adriano Espaillat’s bid to unseat Congressman Charlie Rangel yesterday, and in an interview on The Perez Notes, Mr. Rangel’s campaign manager Moises Perez fought back.
“As far as I know, Oscar de la Renta does not vote in this district,” Mr. Perez began when asked about the leading fashion icon. “The day you have a tornado in Washington Heights is the day you might find Oscar de la Renta, quite frankly. I do not think he will have any major impact whatsoever.”
Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta is endorsing Adriano Espaillat in the race for the 13th congressional district. In a statement announcing his endorsement, Mr. de la Renta, who is from the Dominican Republic, called on Democrats and Latinos in particular to back Mr. Espaillat in his quest to become the first congressman of Dominican descent.
“I am proud to endorse Adriano Espaillat for Congress and I call on all Democrats, particularly the Latino and Dominican communities, to join me in rallying behind Adriano’s historic run to change the political landscape of this country,” Mr. de la Renta said. “Our communities are at a crossroads and we need leadership that can help us meet the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Senator Adriano Espaillat’s record clearly indicates that he will bring bold, new ideas to move our communities forward. I am fully committed to add my voice to help elect Adriano to Congress.”