Charlie Rangel Says ‘Right-Wing Tea Partiers From Texas’ Are Trying To Take Him Out

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Charlie Rangel (Photo: Facebook)

Congressman Charlie Rangel is trying to use a Super PAC that’s backing his opponent State Senator Adriano Espaillat to his own advantage. The Politicker received a mailer from Mr. Rangel at our Washington Heights bureau in which the congressman encourages people to give him their votes because of the Super PAC’s support for his rival.

“Pinned down on the battlefield in Korea, Charlie Rangel decided to devote himself to public service if God let him survive. And he’s never stopped fighting for us,” the mailer says. “But now right-wing Tea Partiers from Texas are trying to stop him by telling us how to vote–and its time to fight back.” Continue reading “Charlie Rangel Says ‘Right-Wing Tea Partiers From Texas’ Are Trying To Take Him Out”

‘Metrosexual Black Abe Lincoln’ As Imagined By The Observer in 2008

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Obama as Lincoln drawn by Victor Juhasz in 2008.

Last week, a Super PAC’s plan to paint President Barack Obama as a “metrosexual black Abe Lincoln” dominated the news cycle. Here is the Observer‘s rendition of what that might look like drawn by artist Victor Juhasz for this paper’s cover in November 2008. Continue reading “‘Metrosexual Black Abe Lincoln’ As Imagined By The Observer in 2008″

Rev. Wright’s Successor Calls Ricketts Plan ‘An Attack on the Black Church’

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Otis Moss III (Photo: Facebook)

Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s successor as pastor of Chicago’s Trinity Baptist Church, Otis Moss III, took to Twitter to comment on the New York Times‘ story about a controversial plan by a conservative Super PAC run by billionaire Joe Ricketts to attack President Barack Obama by associating him with Reverend Wright.

“We must fight this! Just got word about the structure of the ads. I will be calling on people of good will to stand with our church,” Mr. Moss wrote. “It is not about denomination or theology This is an attack on the black church, ministry and prophetic witness.” Continue reading “Rev. Wright’s Successor Calls Ricketts Plan ‘An Attack on the Black Church’”

George Pataki Reflects on Whether He Should Have Run for President

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George Pataki (Photo: Getty)

In the middle of his media tour promoting his new Super PAC, former Governor George Pataki also took time to answer questions on the primary process and whether he should have entered the Republican presidential field himself on Inside City Hall last night.

The host, Errol Louis, first asked Mr. Pataki if the new rules that elongated the primary were a mistake.

“I don’t think so,” he replied. “After the fact, you look at it and say, ‘It lasted too long, there were too many candidates.’ But I think it was more of a function of the messaging and the candidates than the process itself.”

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Rick Santorum And Mitt Romney Battle Over Super PAC’s

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Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney on the debate stage. (Getty)

Super PAC’s took center stage at the Fox News/Wall Street Journal Republican debate in Myrtle Beach last night when Rick Santorum accused Mitt Romney of using the controversial campaign committees to sponsor “inaccurate,” negative ads.

“I’ve run a very strong and positive campaign, my ads have been positive the only ad that I’ve ever put up contrasted myself with the other candidates and does so in a way talking about issues,” Mr. Santorum said. “Governor Romney’s super PAC has put an ad out there suggesting that I voted to allow felons to be able to vote from prison.”

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Kirsten Gillibrand Opposes Super PAC's, Doesn't Want Obama To Stop Using Them

 Kirsten Gillibrand Opposes Super PAC's, Doesn't Want Obama To Stop Using Them
Kirstin Gillibrand (Photo: U.S. Senate)

In her speech at the Association for a Better New York breakfast this morning, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand promised to introduce a campaign finance reform plan that will take on the super PAC’s. However, with the system as it is she doesn’t think President Obama should refrain from using the controversial political action committees

Senator Gillibrand elaborated on her stance on super PAC’s in a Q&A with reporters after her speech.

“You would never disarm unilaterally. Why would you not be able to amplify your voice?” Senator Gillibrand said. “But it doesn’t mean you can’t fight for the transparency and the disclosure. I think you should have that disclosure and I’m going to fight legislatively to accomplish that.” Continue reading “Kirsten Gillibrand Opposes Super PAC's, Doesn't Want Obama To Stop Using Them”

Kirsten Gillibrand Criticizes Washington's 'Endless Gridlock' And 'Political Posturing'

 Kirsten Gillibrand Criticizes Washington's 'Endless Gridlock' And 'Political Posturing'
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand speaking at the ABNY breakfast. (Photo: Hunter Walker)

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spoke this morning at a breakfast sponsored by the Association for a Better New York where she blasted the lack of bipartisan cooperation in Washington and announced her plan to introduce a campaign finance reform plan that will take on the Super PAC’s.

“It’s the same sense of common purpose that’s shared in this room today that we frankly need so much more of in Washington. With an economy that has been slow to recover and truly an economic crisis that’s rivaled only by the Great Depression,” Senator Gillibrand said. “What do we see in Washington? Unfortunately, endless gridlock, endless political posturing, endless partisan bickering. I haven’t been in Washington very long, but I’ve been there long enough to know that it is broken.”

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