Vince Morgan, a former staffer for Congressman Charlie Rangel, will officially announce his decision to depart the race against his former boss today. Mr. Morgan is giving his endorsement to another one of Mr. Rangel’s challengers, Adriano Espaillat.
“We’re thrilled to have Vince Morgan’s endorsement. It’s yet another sign that Adriano’s message of bringing bold, new ideas to Congress is resonating in all corners of the district,” a spokesman for Mr. Espaillat, Ibrahim Khan, told The Politicker.
State Senator Adriano Espaillat officially announced his intention to run for the House of Representatives in Upper Manhattan’s 13th District at a fundraiser for the Barack Obama Democratic Club yesterday ending months of speculation over whether he would challenge veteran Congressman Charlie Rangel. Sources who attended the event said Mr. Espaillat, who would become the first Congressman of Dominican descent if his bid is successful, quoted from J.F.K.’s inaugural address and said “the torch must be passed down to a new generation of Americans.”
Vince Morgan, a former staffer for Congressman Charlie Rangel and a candidate against Charlie Rangel this year, had almost nothing but kind words for his former boss in a recent interview with The Perez Notes.
“Most recently I saw our esteemed Congressman, Rangel, who’s one of my fraternity brothers … at a fraternity event. … The man has got a lot of talent. He is one of the best that there ever was, don’t get me wrong,” Mr. Morgan said when asked whether he and Mr. Rangel have discussed their opposing campaigns.
“He knows how to play the game better than anybody else. And he’s certainly somebody who is going to be gracious and wonderful to people who’ve actually worked for him.”
Imagine you are a citizen of the City of New York, and you have, you believe, been called to a career in public service. You have begun raising money and reaching out to friends, and maybe hired a consultant or a pollster.
It is now the second week of February and due to some colossal inertia in Albany, if you were this citizen who dreamed of service in the Legislature, you would likely not know a) which district you live in b) whether or not that district has a sitting lawmaker and c) when, precisely, election day is.
In other words, New York is about to embark on an election season as chaotic and unpredictable as any in memory.
“Excuse me! It’s the twilight zone!” screamed Doug Muzzio, a professor of public policy at Baruch College, when asked to give his assessment of the state of play. “The craven self-interest and disregard for even the rough-and-tumble of democracy by these people—they don’t get it at all. They want the game fixed and they are the fixers!”
He paused for a moment to catch his breath, or to keep his aorta from exploding into the telephone.
“WHAT THE FUCK ARE THESE PEOPLE DOING!”
Charlie Rangel stood on Lenox Avenue in front of his blue-gray Cadillac and opened his arms wide. The Observer had just asked the 81-year-old, 21-term congressman if he intended to run for re-election next year, and the expansive gesture was meant to convey something like, “After seeing all that you have just seen, what do you think?”