State Senator Adriano Espaillat, a recently-announced congressional candidate against veteran Rep. Charlie Rangel, went on Inside City Hall last night and made the case for his broader appeal. Mr. Rangel’s district was made majority-Latino in redistricting and Mr. Espaillat’s path to victory depends on Latino voters being energized by the historic possibility of electing the first Dominican-American to Congress, but it seems he isn’t interested in letting that define his candidacy.
“My decision wasn’t driven by ethnic politics,” Mr. Espaillat contended early in the interview. “I currently represent a district that has a significant number of white voters, African-American voters, and Latino voters. In fact, it has Riverdale and the West Side.” Read More