15th Congressional District: Meet the Democratic Candidates

Monday, August 23, 2010

The race is on for New York’s 15th Congressional District Democratic Primary, which will take place on Tuesday, September 14. We talk to five candidates:


Joyce Johnson, Vincent Morgan, Adam Clayton Powell , IV, Congressman Charles Rangel and Jonathan Tasini

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craig Harris from new york

For Immediate Release

The Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association Presents Candidates Night – East and Central Harlem Meets 30th State Senate District and the 15th Congressional District Contenders

NEW YORK, NY, September 2, 2010 – On September 8th, the Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association (MMPCIA) will present: Candidates Night – A Vision For Uptown New York Beyond 2010 for the 30th State Senate District and the 15th Congressional District.

In order to educate the East and Central] Harlem communities and alleviate potential confusion about who the candidates are and what they stand for, MMPCIA is hosting what promises to be compelling discussion forum, moderated by Ted Shaw.

Confirmed candidates scheduled:
30th State Senate District: State Senator Bill Perkins and Basil Smikle
15th Congressional District: Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV, Michel Faulkner, Joyce Johnson, Vincent Morgan and Craig Schely

Invited candidates for the 15th Congressional District: Congressman Charles Rangel, Jonathan Tasini and Ruben Vargas

Time: 7:00 to 9:30 pm – Doors open at 6:30 pm
Location: Mt. Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church, 15 Mount Morris Park West (At the Corner of 122nd Street and Mt. Morris Park West)

About Theodore M. Shaw
Mr. Shaw was the director-counsel and president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) from 2004-08, and is one of the nation’s leading voices in civil rights. Shaw joined LDF in 1982 and in 2004 became the fifth person to lead the organization.

As a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice from 1979-82, he litigated civil rights cases at the trial and appellate levels and before the U.S. Supreme Court. He currently serves on the Legal Advisory Network of the European Roma Rights Council based in Budapest, Hungary. Shaw has also taught at Columbia, University of Michigan, Temple and CUNY law schools.

More about MMPCIA
For almost 30-years now, the Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association, a neighborhood non-profit 501(c)(3), has been dedicated to revitalizing and preserving the Mount Morris Historic District, and to fostering an environment of open and active opportunities to reflect the spectrum of voices, ideas and opinions of those who share the neighborhood.

MMPCIA continues to be a catalyst for the future of Harlem as a spearheading force behind projects such as the weekly Farmer’s Market in Marcus Garvey Park on Saturdays.


Craig Harris

Sep. 07 2010 12:31 AM

"What more can Congress do to reduce unemployment?"

That the responses of 4 of the 5 candidates was an incoherent and non-specific mush of warmed over platitudes is truly terrifying. They all should all have well thought out and specific answers to this question. Four of five failed miserably.

Jonathan Tasini is the only candidate talking today who is saying anything worthwhile.

Aug. 23 2010 04:06 PM
The Truth from Becky

Adam Clayton Powell IV - clearly the front runner thus far.

Aug. 23 2010 11:53 AM
Shamtisse from ny

Should someone really be allowed to have their name on street signs when they are running for office in NYC?

Aug. 23 2010 11:51 AM
Latrice from Harlem

please Charlie, leave already...


just go away

Latrice Wilson

Aug. 23 2010 11:48 AM
Richard Johnston from Rangel's district

Morgan sounds like a fast-talking stuffed shirt.

Aug. 23 2010 11:48 AM

All of these candidates keep talking about small businesses. Don't most small business launches fail in their first year or years after? Brian, can you do a show on the survival rate of small businesses?

The reason why is that I do not see the logic in stimulating an area that does not have a high rate of success.

Wouldn't be better to work with middle market and larger companies that are already established or have the government hire people on the projects of national significance?

Or would be better to use small businesses as government contractors?

Aug. 23 2010 11:47 AM
More cliches

For all her talk about 40 years of activism, she only sounds like she's read a couple of books on governing and the economy.

She wants to "put the foot to the fire of the President and the congress itself."

More mangled cliches. FAIL.

Aug. 23 2010 11:37 AM

Goldman Sachs and Citigroup were results-oriented, and We the People got screwed!

Joyce Johnson's apologias for big business make her perfectly _unqualified_.

But, to her credit, she can puke out an unbroken string of cliches.

Aug. 23 2010 11:36 AM

Joyce Johnson's corporate career doesn't sound impressive. I mean working on a factory line? And any Director of Diversity or Equal employment jobs at a corporation are quota jobs. They are just window dressing. It's not like she was running a major department or launched a business.

She probably is qualified because she worked as an political insider. But, an assistant to Rudy Crew? Ok, I am sure she is good at entering information into outlook calendars and answering the phones..

Aug. 23 2010 11:34 AM

Joyce Johnson doesn't know about the effect of stimulus spending until she's "on the inside."

What does she think economists are doing?!

And what does she thinks will happen if she is elected? That she needs a security clearance to make decisions about the economy?

Give me a break.

How'd she rise up through corporate ranks if she doesn't have the faintest clue about economics or business?!

Aug. 23 2010 11:32 AM

Ugh! In the first minute she drags out the line that "the American public is hurting."

Aug. 23 2010 11:31 AM
The Truth from Becky

I am sure he has learned from the best whites on capital hill JOHN.

Aug. 23 2010 11:31 AM
K W from NYC

Can you imagine a congressman explaining that the reason we have such anemic job growth is because the federal government doesn't have enough of our money?? Or that we should've borrowed twice as much money for the "stimulus"? We are quite simply doomed with this mindset that the federal government creates jobs, with any of these candidates.

Aug. 23 2010 11:28 AM

I like Tasini. But I think he is the next Mark Greene. Smart guy, but will never win an election.

Politics is about comprise and putting together coalitions that represent all constituencies.

Aug. 23 2010 11:28 AM
Shanice from ny

Who is the Tea Party Candidate for Lower Manhattan?

Aug. 23 2010 11:25 AM
Shanice from ny

Can you post the last 4 interviews with him on WNYC just for fun?

[[Shanice, just click on any guest name and you'll get an archive of all WNYC appearances. -BL Show-]]

Aug. 23 2010 11:23 AM
Craig Schley

I am Craig Schley, and I am the Independence Party and the VOTE People for Change party candidate for US Congress in the General Election on Nov. 2. Additionally, I am one of 3 candidates that is in the General election, Nov 2. Moreover, I am part of the debate involving your guess this evening held at Convent Church and should be part of this discussion too. Please reach out to me via my campaign number (347-756-4927), all candidates should be part of this discussion. Thank you and I look forward to your call.

Aug. 23 2010 11:22 AM
Martin from Westchester

Charles Rangel, me thinks thou dost protest too much.

Aug. 23 2010 11:22 AM
Norman from NYC

How do you like the Iraq war which Rangel voted against?

Aug. 23 2010 11:20 AM
Leroy from ny

Do you own 4 rent controlled apts? Did you cheat on taxes?

Aug. 23 2010 11:20 AM

Annoying sounds,
could be his dentures?

Aug. 23 2010 11:19 AM
The Truth from Becky

Ha, ha, ha, good for you! Pull Brian back on topic! as he tries to skate around the question.

Aug. 23 2010 11:18 AM
Craig Schley

I am Craig Schley, and I am the Independence Party and the VOTE People for Change party candidate for US Congress in the General Election on Nov. 2. Additionally, I am one of 3 candidates that is in the General election, Nov 2. Moreover, I am part of the debate involving your guess this evening held at Convent Church and should be part of this discussion too. Please reach out to me via my campaign number (347-756-4927), all candidates should be part of this discussion. Thank you and I look forward to you call.

Aug. 23 2010 11:18 AM
john from Office

Brian, roll out a black guest host for all black guests. You are unable to confront a black guest.

This man is a tax cheat. In charge of tax policy.

Aug. 23 2010 11:18 AM
Annoying sounds



Aug. 23 2010 11:18 AM
Bannister from Morningside

Rangel is GOD. He can not pay taxes, use a rent stab apt as a political office, lean on and pimp donations for the "monument to me", and all the while claim he's a victim of "the system".

We will thank him this election season. Charles Rangel will get more Republicans elected than any Republican!

Aug. 23 2010 11:18 AM
Leroy from ny

I wish he would just shut up

Aug. 23 2010 11:18 AM
Polsisi from ny

Maybe Rangels friends can buy him a newspaper that he DOES like

Aug. 23 2010 11:15 AM
Jamison from Fort Green

Charles Rangel just gives me the creeps!! What a slim of a man.

Aug. 23 2010 11:14 AM
Labone from ny

rangel is a crank

Aug. 23 2010 11:14 AM
Norman from NYC

Rangel is talking about the economy, and getting the wealthy to pay taxes that the Republicans want to cut.

Let's see what his challengers say that is as important to us.

Aug. 23 2010 11:11 AM
john from office

As Mayor Koch said, Rangel is one of the original poverty pimps.

Brian of course is doing a soft ball interview with the a tax cheat, in charge of tax policy

Aug. 23 2010 11:11 AM

please ask all want to be senators and reps to end the corn subsidies. High-fructose corn syrup is cheap enough.
while they are at it stop the red state subsidies. my taxes are too high to keep pouring down a black hole

Aug. 23 2010 11:10 AM
Andrew from Harlem

Rangle relies in pouring on the avuncular charm with language that marginalizing his corruption to "slight missteps" and errors of others in his charge, on his staff, etc. but not him. When in real life he won't answer a straight question about the charged crimes. In the recent past he's been very arrogant to Brian L, to Luke Russert, that's who Rangel truly is, a very arrogant old machine politician who assumes entitlement and dares anyone who questions him fairly.

Aug. 23 2010 11:08 AM

video news from AP
Rep. Rangel: 'Ain't Thinking About Giving It Up'
New York's Democratic political establishment came out for embattled US Rep. Charles Rangel on Wednesday, packing a sold-out 80th Birthday fundraiser honoring Rangel's service to the city and state over a 40-year career recently tainted by ethics charges.

Aug. 23 2010 11:04 AM
Norman from NYC

Charles Rangel voted against the Iraq war, which cost us 4,000 American lives, $3 trillion, and 600,000 Iraqi lives.

We should support Rangel for that reason alone.

That's more important than every other issue put together.

Even our New York State senators supported the war in Iraq.

Aug. 23 2010 10:26 AM

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