Rangel Surrogates Target Espaillat’s Re-election Plans

Congressman Charlie Rangel. (Photo: Getty)
Congressman Charlie Rangel. (Photo: Getty)

Congressman Charlie Rangel’s re-election campaign is wielding ex-pols as surrogates to cast doubt on his chief rival’s integrity. 

Robert Jackson and Adam Clayton Powell IV, both former uptown lawmakers, slammed State Senator Adriano Espaillat this week for leaving the door open to seeking re-election to the senate if his rematch congressional bid against Mr. Rangel fails. Continue reading “Rangel Surrogates Target Espaillat’s Re-election Plans”

Gale Brewer Press Release Touts Support From Former Interns

Gale Brewer. (Photo: Facebook)
Gale Brewer. (Photo: Facebook)

Some campaigns point to endorsements from powerful labor unions. Others tout backing from notable elected officials and political clubs.

Upper West Side Councilwoman Gale Brewer boasted today about her former interns.

“Council Member Gale Brewer has been known since she was elected to office, and even prior, for enlisting interns that could make US Senators jealous,” declared the release from her campaign. “During her tenure in the City Council, Gale offered countless internships in her district and city hall offices. ”

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Councilman Calls on New York Post to Apologize to Huma Abedin

Robert Jackson has had enough.
Robert Jackson has had enough of the Post.

Manhattan City Councilman Robert Jackson has a message for the New York Post: Lay off Anthony Weiner’s wife.

Mr. Jackson, who is also running for Manhattan borough president, went on a brief solo rant this afternoon, condemning a recent Post editorial column on former Congressman Anthony Weiner that featured a fake byline from Mr. Weiner’s wife, Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

“It crossed the line, in my opinion, of decency,” Mr. Jackson proclaimed on the steps of City Hall this afternoon, a huge foam board depicting the paper’s Sunday story behind him. “We need to stop all this sensationalism … I’m asking the New York Post, stop it!”

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Ruben Diaz, Jr. to Robo-Call for Robert Jackson

Ruben Diaz Jr. is endorsing Robert Jackson for Manhattan borough president. (Photo: Flickr/Ruben Diaz, Jr.)
Ruben Diaz Jr. is endorsing Robert Jackson for Manhattan borough president. (Photo: Flickr/Ruben Diaz, Jr.)

Likely Manhattan voters will begin receiving rob0-calls today from Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., announcing his endorsement of Councilman Robert Jackson in the Manhattan borough presidents race.

Mr. Jackson is facing a trio of well-known challengers in his race to replace Scott Stringer: former Lower Manhattan Community Board 1 Chair Julie Menin, Upper West Side Councilwoman Gale Brewer and Upper East Side Councilwoman Jessica Lappin. As the only African-American candidate, Mr. Jackson is focusing on solidifying black and Latino support in Upper Manhattan, which he’s represented in the Council for more than a decade.

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Upper Manhattan’s Barack Obama Democratic Club Endorses Bill de Blasio

The Barack Obama Democrat Club of Upper Manhattan. (Photo: www.obamadems.org)
The Barack Obama Democrat Club of Upper Manhattan. (Photo: http://www.obamadems.org)

Upper Manhattan’s Barack Obama Democratic Club voted last night on its endorsements, and the list might surprise you. The home club of City Councilman Robert Jackson and City Council candidate Mark Levine, a long-time ally of State Sen. Adriano Espaillat, gave its nods to Public Advocate Bill de Blasio for mayor and City Councilwoman Letitia James for public advocate.

It also voted to endorse Mr. Jackson for Manhattan borough president and–unsurprisingly–Mr. Levine for the 7th District council seat, currently held by the term-limited Mr. Jackson.

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A Muslim Democratic Club Rises in New York

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Club organizers.

New York City’s first Muslim club is looking to have an impact on the mayor’s race. And organizers of the group, the Muslim Democratic Club of New York, cited current Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s policies–notably, the city police department’s controversial Muslim surveillance efforts–as a key motivating factor as they seek to ensure his successor follows a new path.

“The mayor has been a problem for this community,” one club leader, Ali Najmi, told Politicker. “We want to send a message to City Hall that the next mayor needs to treat us differently.”

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Anger Persists After Dov Hikind Addresses His Purim Costume Controversy

Dov Hikind and his family in their Purim costumes. (Photo: Facebook)
Dov Hikind and his family in their Purim costumes. (Photo: Facebook)

Assemblyman Dov Hikind held a press conference in front of his home this afternoon responding to the uproar over a story that first appeared on Politicker today about his “black basketball player” Purim costume. In front of a small crowd of reporters, Mr. Hikind apologized that people were “offended” and reiterated his initial defense that the getup, which consisted of an orange jersey, brown face paint, an afro wig and sunglasses was merely a costume to celebrate the Jewish Purim holiday. However, even after Mr. Hikind addressed the firestorm, several members of the City Council sent letters to the Assemblyman arguing his apology did not go far enough.

“Anyone who was offended by the outfit that I was wearing on Purim yesterday … it was not meant to offend anyone or hurt anyone in any fashion,” Mr. Hikind began. “That is not what I am all about for the past 31 years in pub office and before that.” Continue reading “Anger Persists After Dov Hikind Addresses His Purim Costume Controversy”