The network of Democratic clubs in Harlem that gave Congressman Charlie Rangel his start hope they can secure him a 22nd term. Harlem’s political clubs have spawned several other notable New York politicians including former Mayor David Dinkins, ex-governor David Paterson and Mr. Rangel’s predecessor in the House of Representatives, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. The political landscape in Upper Manhattan has changed quite a bit over the years and the district Mr. Rangel is vying to represent now includes the predominantly Latino areas of Washington Heights and Inwood, which his main opponent, Adriano Espaillat, represents in the State Senate. In a race that’s expected to have low turnout, the members of Harlem’s democratic clubs are working hard to ensure their neighborhood comes out in full force for Mr. Rangel. Read More
According to one of his aides, Congressman Charlie Rangel will make his first public appearance in about two months on Tuesday. Mr. Rangel has been in and out of the hospital two times and out of the public eye since February 9 with what his aides and allies have described as a serious back injury. Mr. Rangel’s appearance will kick off a week of events for the congressman.
“We’re rolling all next week, it’s going to be a big week for us,” Socrates Solano told The Politicker. Read More
Congressman Charlie Rangel won’t be on the floor when the House returns to session after a one week absence today, but his spokeswoman, Hannah Kim, told The Politicker he’s out of the hospital after a back injury last month.
“The Congressman is fine and just needs some time before he is fully charged,” Ms. Kim said. Read More