13th Congressional District: Meet the Democratic Candidates

Monday, June 18, 2012

Charles Rangel, incumbent congressman, candidate Craig Schley, candidate Joyce Johnson, candidate Clyde Edward Williams, Jr., and Adriano Espaillat, New York State Senator, discuss their campaigns in the Democratic primary race to represent New York's 13th congressional district.


Adriano Espaillat, Joyce Johnson, Congressman Charles Rangel, Craig Schley and Clyde Edward Williams, Jr.

Comments [21]

Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

David Lelyveld from Washington Heights, How many rallies across from the Syrian consulate in NYC have you participated in? Rallies to denounce the Assad regimes murder of 14,000 Syrians?

How many "anti-war" activists have joined you in such rallies?


Jun. 19 2012 05:52 AM
Amy from Manhattan

I have to correct myself. The mailing saying Pres. Obama isn't supporting Rep. Rangel isn't from Clyde Williams' campaign but from "Campaign for Our Future," apparently the superPAC Brian asked him about. How separate they really are is another question.

Jun. 19 2012 01:37 AM
Calls'em from McLean, VA

Wow - what a choice for the impoverished people of upper Manhattan & the Bronx; an elderly corrupt politician who has done little to change the squalid conditions of the area, despite decades in office or 4 inexperienced wana'bees who have trouble putting sentences and ideas together. I'd vote for Rangel if I was in this district. He is clearly the smartest and most experienced of the group; in fact smarter and more experienced than all of them together. Perhaps the 21st term will be the charm for him to really do some good. Voting pro-business, instead of pro-socialist would definitely help this area. The judge who approved the terrible "gerrymandering" of NYS and NYC ought to be fired and stripped of her pension

Jun. 18 2012 11:57 AM
Amy from Manhattan

mc, if that's so, then it's meaningless, & even misleading, for Mr. Williams to say Pres. Obama isn't supporting Rep. Rangel. Although he doesn't use the word "endorse."

If you're still reading this segment, could you tell me the source for what you heard?

Jun. 18 2012 11:49 AM
Jon from Manhattan

I like Charlie Rangel and have voted for him every other November. Despite the fact I feel he has overstayed his tenure as my Congressman, nothing of this double-talking gobble-dee-gook coming out of the mouths of his primary challengers leads me to want another representative to the 13th Congressional district of New York.

Jun. 18 2012 11:45 AM
The Truth from Becky

Senator Espalliat, no

Jun. 18 2012 11:43 AM
mc from Brooklyn

Amy, I heard that it's Obama's policy not to make endorsements in Dem primaries.

Jun. 18 2012 11:33 AM
The Truth from Becky

So far so good candidate Edwards, a knowledgeable and calm speaking tone, candidate JOhnson, less is more, you don't sound more believable or confident when you ramble on and over the host when he is trying to end your time.

Jun. 18 2012 11:32 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Ms. Johnson says, "Results are the face of change"? What does that even mean?

Jun. 18 2012 11:31 AM
emjayay from Brooklyn

Not my district, but when politicians load their sentences with cliches and refer to themselves repeatedly in the third person, I'm dubious. Talking to you, Ms Johnson.

Jun. 18 2012 11:30 AM



Jun. 18 2012 11:29 AM
Margaret Groarke PhD from Kingsbridge Heights, Bronx, NY

Joyce Johnson just said "we've got to bring jobs to North Manhattan." Clearly she hasn't noticed that her district includes a lot of neighborhoods in the Bronx. I can't vote for her.

Jun. 18 2012 11:28 AM
David Lelyveld from Washington Heights

Cong. Rangel has a pretty good record on constraining American military expansion and interventions. Williams at least has a coherent statement about these issues, though he is closely associated with the Clinton foreign policy establishment. Espaillat has absolutely nothing to say about military and foreign policy. He appears to be totally ignorant about these issues. All the candidates are afraid to take on the AIPAC (Israel lobby) positions that discourage peace efforts between Israelis and Palestinians.

Jun. 18 2012 11:25 AM
Amy from Manhattan

I was impressed w/Clyde Williams at a recent candidate forum (which Rep. Rangel didn't come to). However, I received a campaign mailing from Mr. Williams' campaign that says Pres. Obama isn't supporting Rep. Rangel, so why should we? But it doesn't mention whether Pres. Obama is supporting Mr. Williams, even though he worked for the president, which seems like an interesting omission. Has Pres. Obama supported anyone in this race?

Jun. 18 2012 11:23 AM



I'm way left of center, I don't even disagree with Rangel's politics (necessarily)...

...what I find ODIOUS is the fact that this shiny-pants KLOWN® has exploited his position for nearly HALF A CENTURY!!!

The concept of serving in Congress was NEVER, EVER meant to mean a LIFE-LONG "career"!!!

"Service" is the idea.




my god...

Jun. 18 2012 11:20 AM

@John - Even if Rangel didn't know his father, if you look at Rangel you'd know he had some Latino ancestry.

Jun. 18 2012 11:19 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

John - that's not fair. The media brought that up, Rangel doesn't like to talk about it, as his father abandoned the family - he still has to go though.

Jun. 18 2012 11:17 AM
john from office

Mr. Rangel discovered he is hispanic all of a sudden. Good thing the change in the district was not to Orthodox Jews, he would look funny with the Black hat.

Jun. 18 2012 11:12 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

He was the head of the ways and means commitee and he couldn't even do his taxes right?

40 years ruling, yes ruling a distric with a severe shortage of affordable housing and you get caught using a rent-stablilized apt as a campaign office?

Charles - it's time to go

Jun. 18 2012 11:11 AM
Margaret Groarke PhD from Kingsbridge Heights, the Bronx, NY

You should note that the New York Times editorial incorrectly stated that the new 13th district includes parts of the South Bronx. The district includes not one neighborhood in the South Bronx. It includes a few neighborhoods -- Bedford Park, Kingsbridge Heights, Fordham, Norwood among them -- in the NORTHWEST BRONX.

Since the Times couldn't bother to look at a map, we Bronxites wonder how carefully they considered the candidates.

Jun. 18 2012 11:04 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Charles Rangel has been in the same office, longer than I've been born. How is this allowed in a democracy?

Jun. 18 2012 11:03 AM

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