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'For the Sake of One Man's Seat'

Friday, July 23, 2010

WNYC

I'm not sure it's come to this just yet, but challenger Jonathan Tasini argues Rep. Charlie Rangel needs to end his re-election campaign in order to save the Democratic Party from losing control of Congress in the mid-term elections.

From Tasini's email to supporters this morning:

While Rep. Rangel still should be accorded the right to defend himself before a trial of a special subcommittee, the threat to the future of the Democratic Party, and the country, is today. Rep. Rangel will be, as I argued when I announced my candidacy for the 15th Congressional District, the face of Washington corruption in Republican advertising and campaigns across the nation--they already began to do so yesterday. Rep. Rangel will likely cost the Democratic Party seats in the November election, if he is the nominee of the party--and, with the balance of power possibly decided by 2 or 3 seats, the incumbent’s refusal to step aside could be the difference.

Let us consider the consequences. Losing the House will install John Boehner as Speaker. Which will mean that workers will never see an increase in the minimum wage, tax breaks for the wealthy and big corporations will be in vogue again, funding for the Afghanistan War will continue, and you can kiss goodbye any chance for climate change legislation.

For the sake of one man’s seat.
 
Our party must be clear--we must not allow even the hint of impropriety to be part of our ranks. The people, the voters, are sick and tired of dysfunction. They are fed up with corruption--real and moral. They want leaders who they can trust.

Rangel politely disagrees with this line of logic.

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Rangel, Facing Trial, Also Faces Unprecedented Opposition

Thursday, July 22, 2010

A two-year investigation into allegations that Rep. Charlie Rangel violated congressional ethics rules was forwarded on Thursday to a bipartisan panel for review next week. Rangel is running for re-election and facing unprecedented opposition.

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Polling Rangel

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

WNYC

The first public poll in Rep. Charlie Rangel's race shows he's not invincible, but hovering with enough support to edge out any of his four Democratic opponents.

From The Hill:

A Public Policy Polling survey released Monday showed Rangel winning less than 40 percent of the vote in a primary race. It showed his job approval at 49 percent.

Adam Clayton Powell IV, Rangel’s closest competitor, drew 21 percent support.

It was the first poll of Democrats likely to vote in the Sept. 14 primary.

Having a crowded field would usually work to the benefit of an incumbent, since the opposition vote would be diluted among the competition. But Rangel's numbers seem particularly soft, which may explain why he's taking the step of trying to block at least one opponent, labor activist Jonathan Tasini, from getting on the ballot.

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Obama Club Backs Tasini Over Rangel

Monday, June 21, 2010

WNYC

The Barack Obama Democratic Club of Northern Manahttan voted to endorse Jonathan Tasini in the race for the seat currently held by Rep. Charlie Rangel, according to reliable gadfly Alan Flacks.

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