The Rangel-Espaillat Race Heats Up

Monday, June 09, 2014

Laura Nahmias, political reporter for Capital New York, talks about the first televised debate in the Charles Rangel - Adriano Espaillat race in the 13th Congressional primary, which centered on an argument about race and ethnic identity.


Laura Nahmias

Comments [19]


Tell Laura Nahmias to DIAL DOWN THE VOCAL FRY!!!!

Thank you.

Jun. 09 2014 10:57 PM
fuva from harlemworld

And, yes, Rangel's main charge against Powell, who he unseated FORTY PLUS years ago, was that Powell's TWENTY-SIX-year tenure was too long...(And, yes, Harlem has had TWO congressman since the seat was created. And, yes, the connection between this and the gentrification and other such exploitation of Harlemites is pretty direct.)

Jun. 09 2014 11:05 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Of course, what we need more than another politrickian, is a stronger electorate. Without better accountability, we will keep electing hacks or good guys who become hacks. No way around it...

Jun. 09 2014 10:55 AM




Jun. 09 2014 10:51 AM
fuva from harlemworld

What did Espaillat have to do with giving the senate to the Republicans?

Anyway, anyone who saw that debate yesterday must know that Walrond came off as the most credible of the three.

Jun. 09 2014 10:50 AM

Will anything ever change for the better if we keep electing the same mediocre group

Jun. 09 2014 10:50 AM
Caesar Romaine from Manhattan

Charlie Rangel has based his entire career on race. He is also the poster boy (along with McCain, Harry Reid, Pelosi, et al) for term limits. The fact that he was allowed to run for re-election while being sanctioned by the ethics committee ought to re-shape this debate. Rather than race you need to discuss the rule of law and concept of "democracy."

In the last dozen years we have had a felon for a governor who was forced to resign. We had a senator who knew she didn't want to be our senator but wasn't forced to resign. We then got a governor we didn't get to vote for replace that senator with a new one we didn't get to vote for. We had a mayor and city council overturn the three time mandate of the people for term limits. City council members, state senators, and politicians at all levels of city and state government involved in massive corruption...

Elections? Who cares about the elections? It's the process we need to worry about.

Jun. 09 2014 10:47 AM

I live in Rangel's district.

Rangel is still one of the most powerful Democrats in Congress.

Why the heck would we give up all that seniority?

I say keep him in Congress until they bring him out on a stretcher.

Jun. 09 2014 10:46 AM

…really?!!? Rangel?!!?

GEEEEEZUS!! He's been in office since the dinosaurs roamed the earth!! It's called SERVICE!! It's NOT a career!!!


I even, generally agree with him, BUT IT'S LONG PAST TIME TO GET THE HELL OUT!!

Jun. 09 2014 10:46 AM
Francine from Harlem

2 policy differences:

1 Rep Rangel is for affordable housing, he had four of those apartments.

2 Rangel has been part of an empowerment zone that is utterly corrupt and bereft of audits and supervision. they dole out tax breaks and subsidies to their political cronies without any oversight or investigation

this was made clear by espaillat that he would change how big box stores and corporations get subsidies

Jun. 09 2014 10:44 AM
wash hts resident from manhattan

i REFUSE to vote for anyone who drives around in a van, BLARING their campaign information from loud speaker attached to the rooftop (Adriano Espaillat).

Jun. 09 2014 10:43 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

As to that famous/infamous comeback by Lloyd Benson to Dan Quayle, I remind the listeners and readers on this segment that Benson had prepared that answer, waiting for Quayle to give him an opportunity to use it.

Furthermore, Benson's claim to have known and been a friend of JFK's was totally bogus. He may have met JFK once or twice, but that was about it.

Jun. 09 2014 10:41 AM
Reuven from Washington Heights

Rangel vs. Espaillat... A race to the bottom -- both using race to divide us into us vs. them. I'm embarrassed to be a registered Democrat in this district.

Jun. 09 2014 10:41 AM
Malik from Harlem

sharpton as influential? you kidding? only media people like you invoke him, the fbi snitch. No one in the sreet is paying attention to what he says or does.

Hucksters the both of them I am voting for the reverend in the race.

Jun. 09 2014 10:40 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

After years of being totally cynical about Charlie Rangel and his harddball, low-ball, take no-prisoners approach to politics, bested only by Uncle Al Sharpie, I began to warm to Rangel a little over the years. I thought he had mellowed a little.

But he's resorted back to his old, slimy ways. He resorts to personal attacks against his opponents, questioning their motives, those are HIS answers when the opponent speaks forthrightly on an issue and "Wrangle" had no good, solid answers.

Very sad and those who would support him at all costs are not doing themselves justice in my opinion. Politics at its worst.

Jun. 09 2014 10:39 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Sen. Quayle wasn't just referencing JFK, he was actually comparing himself to him.

Jun. 09 2014 10:38 AM
Frank from Harlem

Well, if you want to parse race and ethnicity . . . what is Rangle's? African & Puerto Rican . . . with a certain affinity for a vacation villa in the Dominican Republic?

Jun. 09 2014 10:38 AM
john from office

Race has alot to do with this race. Race in hispanic community is complicated.

Jun. 09 2014 10:36 AM

Will the guest have anything to say concerning developments in the Sheldon Silver/anti-low income housing development conspiracy at Seward Park/Sheldon Silver story investigated by the New York Times earlier this year? Am I the only person who found this to be completely outrageous?

Jun. 09 2014 09:20 AM

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