Meet the Candidates: NY 13

Friday, June 20, 2014

Three candidates in the Democratic primary for New York's 13th Congressional district. State Senator Adriano Espaillat, incumbent Charlie Rangel, and pastor Michael Walrond. (courtesy of the campaigns)

Next Tuesday is the Democratic primary in New York's 13th Congressional district, comprising the neighborhoods of Harlem, Inwood, Washington Heights, Morningside Heights, and a small portion of the western Bronx. It's a district that has changed geographically and demographically over the last few years. We talk to three of the candidates vying for the nomination. In order of appearance:

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Adriano Espaillat, Michael Walrond and Charlie Rangel

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The Administration has now ADMITTED its guilt by DESTROYING the evidence (Lois Lerner's hard drives that "crashed" and self-erased) that linked the IRS/FBI harassment of political opponents to the rest of the Executive Branch.

Obama went on national TV the day of the Super Bowl and derided this as right wing talking points and said that there is "not a smidgeon of corruption".
Well, here's yet another smidgeon., Barry.

Congressman Rangel, is it more important to protect your party friends or to ask for a full investigation of the greatest scandal since Nixon.
What if the historic first black President faces impeachment? These emails are still somewhere ... on the hard drives of the recipients. If someone looks, there is a chance to prove that this is "smidgeonless".

Jun. 20 2014 06:27 PM
Debbie from Harlem

I support Rangler, since he is for affordable housing, after all he had four affordable housing apartments at the same time. Look at what he has done with the gangsters in the empowerment zone giving away millions of dollars to their cronies

Jun. 20 2014 11:29 AM

How is Rangel still winning elections? Walrond seems like the obvious best choice, but likely to get the least votes.

Jun. 20 2014 11:22 AM
Barry from NYC

Meet the parasitic liars!

Jun. 20 2014 11:21 AM

Toooo damn old!!

Troubles of a one party state.

Jun. 20 2014 11:18 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Folks, don't let the Rangel/Espaillat shenanigans distract us from Reverend Walrond's substantial potential.
Really, Rev Walrond represents a clean break from the gutter politics of the state and country.
We'd just have to keep him clean by making him accountable. We can do it.

Jun. 20 2014 11:08 AM

I wish someone would primary my rep-for-life

Jun. 20 2014 11:07 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Brian, please ask all the candidates about environmental issues.

Jun. 20 2014 11:04 AM
Caesar Romaine from Manhattan

Please ask Mr Rangel if we're going to read any more stories about his tax shelters, illegal sublets, car parking scams, shady real estate deals, etc etc etc. Ask him if he's still under any sort of ethics investigations we may not be aware of.

Jun. 20 2014 10:57 AM
Jake S

Agreed with Amy - I got that same mailing. Between trying to tie Espaillat to Sarah Palin and his ugly race baiting, Rangel has lost any chance of getting my vote.

Jun. 20 2014 10:36 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Brian, please ask both Rep. Rangel & Sen. Espaillat about the mailed campaign piece (paid for by Rangel for Congress) claiming that Republicans are "pulling Adriano Espaillat's strings" & that he's "supported by Republican 'super PAC' cash." I'd like to hear how Rep. Rangel backs these claims up & how Sen. Espaillat responds to them.

Jun. 20 2014 10:27 AM

Please ask Rangel if he is concerned about the "accidental" disappearance of ALL of Lois Lerner's outside emails from the IRS in the crucial period under investigation.
Does he think that they were "disappeared" because they probably went to the White House and the Justice Department in the effort to punish political opponents in 2010 and 2012?
Does he think that there should be an independent counsel appointed, since the only "investigators" on the case are from the Justice Department?!!

Have Waldron and Espaillat EVEN HEARD of this scandal? What do they think?
(Do they remember the erased 18 minutes in the Nixon tapes?)

Jun. 20 2014 08:26 AM

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