Longtime Congressman Rangel Finds Himself in Political Peril in New York Primary

Wesley Lowery, Washington Post, June 21, 2014

The birthday boy, turning 84, stood near the back of the room beneath white and gold balloons as friends, allies and supporters lined up for photos. Between photos, he stole swigs of the Corona Light gripped tightly in his left hand as the upbeat sounds of a local Latin band echoed off the dark walls.

The crowded fundraiser this month was a departure from Rep. Charles B. Rangel’s legendary birthday bashes of the past, which often were headlined by the likes of Aretha Franklin and Dionne Warwick and attended by New York’s black political royalty–former New York City mayor David Dinkins, the Rev. Al Sharpton and singer Harry Belafonte.

This year, many of the speakers were lesser-known Dominican activists and political strategists. The headliner was Dominican entertainer Frederick Martinez, also known as “El Pacha,” a popular Spanish-language radio and television host.

Those changes to the guest list tell almost the entire story of the political peril that threatens to end one of the iconic careers in American politics.

Over his 44 years in office, Rangel, “the congressman from Harlem,” became one of best-known political figures in American politics and a defining voice in the nation’s black politics.

The longest-serving member of the influential New York delegation, he was one of the founders of the Congressional Black Caucus and over time came to represent one of the standards of Democratic liberalism.

But the campaign for the Democratic nomination for his seat, to be decided in a primary Tuesday, has turned into a debate about whether Rangel has stayed too long in office and whether he still best represents constituents’ interests.

Through immigration and redistricting, what is now New York’s 13th Congressional District–a seat Rangel has held since 1971 and viewed as the center of New York’s modern black political power structure–has experienced a seismic demographic shift from majority black to majority Hispanic.

Hoping to seize on those demographics as well as the perception of Rangel’s waning political power in the years since Congress formally censured him in 2010 for ethics violations, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat is mounting a spirited challenge to the 22-term incumbent–a rematch of the 2012 race in which Rangel topped Espaillat by just 1,000 votes.

{snip} Rangel’s campaign has worked to underscore his links to local Hispanic communities, rolling out endorsements from Latino leaders.

“The Dominican people have in Congressman Rangel a big supporter and a big ally,” said Victor Gómez Casanova, a member of the Congress of the Dominican Republic who spoke at the birthday gala.

In recent years, Rangel’s district has been recarved, turning what has for years been a majority-black district into one that is 52 percent Hispanic and adding new parts of the Bronx where Rangel is not as well-known or as well-regarded.


Rangel must contend with the lingering effects of a House Ethics Committee investigation, which found him guilty of 11 ethics violations, including not paying taxes and improperly using congressional resources. That scandal forced him to resign as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and prompted the censure.

There is a notion among some voters that Rangel is past its prime, and that is where Espaillat, 59, sees his opening. But the congressman is not going quietly. He has unleashed pointed attacks at Espaillat and is stressing his ties to the Hispanic community, noting in stump speeches that he is part Puerto Rican. {snip}


On Wednesday, the New York Times editorial board endorsed Espaillat:

“After a humiliating censure by Congress four years ago for failing to pay taxes and other ethical lapses, Representative Charles Rangel has steadily lost power in Washington. After nearly 44 years in office, it is now time for him to yield to the next generation.”


He was 13 percentage points ahead in the latest poll, an NY1/Siena College survey that measured him at 47 percent support compared with Espaillat’s 34 percent. The poll found Rangel with a commanding 76 percent among black voters vs. Espaillat’s 6 percent, while Espaillat was ahead 53 percent to 29 percent among Latino voters.


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  • sbuffalonative

    He’s not out of office yet so I’m not going to be counting my chickens.

    This is, however, a teachable moment for blacks.

    Their support of Hispanics only ensures that Hispanics will be competing with blacks for jobs and political power.

    • You’re right, but blacks are too short-sighted and angry at the white man to realize what the future holds for them once the Hispanics gain the dominant majority throughout the U.S.

      • Rusty Shackelford

        As you imply, blacks are just happy over the fact that a Hispanic majority would be detrimental to whites. Typical to their nature, they expect that the Hispanics will take care of them just as whites have. Hispanics have no white guilt and they won’t care about the fate of blacks once they are in charge.

        • benvad

          Hasn’t Compton taught them anything in the last few years? They’re being ethnically cleansed in Southern California.

          We have a lot to learn from Hispanics.

          • Black Swan

            Hispanics can get away with it, we cannot. Any ethnic cleansing of blacks from white areas would result in hellfire from the government.

            Our masters want to keep blacks angry at whites until either we are no longer a threat, genocided or a small hated, persecuted minority, still blamed for ALL of the world’s problems.

            The aim is to destroy whites. Blacks are expendable and always have been. As I said above, blacks will be in for a very rude awakening when they face a majority that does not want them anywhere near their living space and certainly won’t load up their EBT cards or tolerate their violence.

            They don’t have a clue that old Whitey was the best friend they ever had.

          • benvad

            In a sick way “I can’t wait”.

        • archer

          That’s an understatement, they will ethnically cleanse blacks from their neighborhood when given the chance.

    • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

      Why the harm immigration does to ordinary black workers doesn’t matter to black politicians (and to many of their constituents) — from Washington Watcher in VDARE, March 2011:

      Maxine Waters hinted at the real reason for their [black politician’s] silence [on immigration]: she noted that the Black Caucus works closely with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to promote all of her preferred government programs.

      And this is why the African American leadership really wants mass immigration. The larger the non-white underclass, the larger the pool of supporters for anti-white policies, racial set-asides, and big government programs; which often personally enrich members of the “conscience of Congress” [the congressional black caucus].

      The same is true for the leaders of black organizations like the NAACP.

      No amount of studies or hearings about how immigration hurts ordinary black workers will change this.


      • sbuffalonative

        I think blacks believe they’re creating a non-white coalition to take down the white man but I believe Hispanics have their own agenda that that doesn’t include blacks and that they’re using blacks as a stepping stone.

        • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

          That sounds exactly right. But would a Rangel defeat be “a teachable moment” for blacks? I know of no supporting evidence.

          • The only “teachable moment” blacks learn from are when whites stand up to them and retaliate – and even that’s only short-lived.

        • JP Rushton

          Absolutely. Hispanics will be a majority in the US while the blacks will still be a tiny minority.

          Hispanics aren’t exactly known for their being nice to minorities. Especially a group as needy and dysfunctional as blacks.

          • Despite massive immigration in recent years, the black percentage of the population has been steadily climbing. Few can compete with black birthrates. Even Hispanics in the long run.

          • 1stworlder

            If the food stamps gets cut off for just a week all areas with significant blacks will be torn apart. Look at the viral videos from just 8 hours in 16 states in the middle of Oct 2013 showed.

          • benvad

            I hope the hispanics hurt the blacks badly.

          • Bossman

            Not exactly true. In Latin America, Blacks were generally treated better than in Anglo America. They had a much milder form of slavery.

          • Black Swan

            Not true. The most brutal slavery by far was in Latin America, no question. I have traveled extensively through Latin America, especially Mexico and Central America. They absolutely are the most racist people on earth next to Asians and despise blacks. They divide themselves up along skin color, the lighter the better.

            FTR, as a White, I’ve been treated with nothing but kindness by the people in those countries. They do not like blacks.

          • Bossman

            That is not what the historians say. Slavery was most brutal in the Dutch colonies and in second place were the British colonies. It was mildest in the Spanish colonies and Brazil. France was somewhere in the middle in its treatment of the enslaved Africans.

          • Black Swan

            It is clear you have drunk deeply from the well of ignorance.

            You have obviously been fed revisionist, anti-white history from your Marxist professors. You have clearly been miseducated and need to demand a refund of your money.

          • benvad

            Same thing here, I’ve always been shown courtesy by the way. I’d like to also that I’ve been treated very well in west Africa. It seems these people are taught to disrespect whites once they get to America and get “educated” by a certain leftist type of ethnic group.

          • Barely Intrepid

            That is absolutely not true. The sugar plantations in central and south America would work their African slaves to death in a matter of years. No families, no children. They’d work until they collapsed and were replaced.

          • Bossman

            Slaves in Latin America could buy their way to freedom after a few years and because of that there quickly arose a large population of free people of color who then interbred with local Indians.

          • Black Swan

            If you have paid anything for whatever education you have you may want to see about getting a refund.

            But my point here is not to discuss whatever thinking skills you rely on. I am going to try and help you out a bit: You clearly got ripped off when they told you you were learning critical thinking.

            The only thing UNIQUE regarding Whites and slavery, is Whites are the only group that felt ashamed of it, and put an end to it on GLOBAL scale.

            Do the anti-Whites give White people ANY CREDIT for doing something as great as that?

            No, ALL of our children and their children, are persecuted by anti-Whites like YOU.

          • Blacks aren’t “needy”; they buy their kids $250 “afawete” shoes. They’re greedy, lazy and stupid, but not needy.

      • alwaysright21

        BIG mistake on the negros part.

      • Pro_Whitey

        Who would have thunk that I’d ever miss Barbara Jordan?

      • Rusty Shackelford

        And when there aren’t enough dollars to go around, Hispanics in power will do everything they can to cut off public tax dollars for blacks to divert more to Hispanics. As blacks tend to live their lives as a game of checkers rather than a game of chess, they can’t see more than a move or two ahead.

    • alwaysright21

      they have no “white guilt” and will slaughter the blacks en masse

      • Bossman

        They are not known for doing that. What they do is interbreed with them in greater numbers.

    • benvad

      They don’t have foresight, that’s why they create nothing. Except in this case they’re creating their own graves.

    • Bossman

      So what? Are you implying that Blacks do not compete with whites for jobs? Blacks are already competing with everybody else.

      • Black Swan

        Blacks have average IQs of 80; Whites, 100. This is not in dispute. There IS no competition for higher-end jobs because blacks will never be able to compete with Whites in a high-tech culture such as the US. They were brought here to pick cotton, not to do intellectual jobs.

        There is, however, government force to shoehorn blacks into jobs for which they are not qualified. The government overrides the merit based system through anti-White AA. This also is not in dispute.

        This is a massive drag on businesses and the American economy.

        You really think ethno-centric Hispanics are going to give preferences to blacks if they’re in charge? They’re ethnically cleansing blacks, by force, out of Southern California because they do not want to live around them, some areas have gone from 90% black to 90% Hispanic in two decades with no end in sight.

        • 1stworlder

          You must have missed the article from a while back about the engineer with a PHD that lost a promotion/raise to an illiterate black guy in DC. Engineers with PHDs are less rare than blacks that can pass a background check.

    • Black Swan

      They already are competing. As far as I can tell, blacks are being thrown under the bus in favor of a new class of useful idiot slaves: Hispanics. Blacks never did understand their role in the White Genocide agenda, but then what would one expect from such low IQ people?

      High-fertility Hispanics have the same low IQ, same obedience to government, same hate-Whitey attitude. They are the new class of government drones being massively important to displace and out-vote Whites and BLACKS and colonize White homelands, but with a bit less violence.

      As long as blacks are told that it is The Man who keeps them down and puts them in prison, they’re satisfied. They will be in for a rude awakening when they face a majority of people who despise them even more than they despise Whites.

    • 1stworlder

      There are still plenty of dead people to vote.

  • If you happen to have a vote in this election today, I recommend that you vote Rangel.

    “Huh, QD? Have you finally flipped your lid?”

    But that’s beside the point.

    This is a Democrat primary in the second bluest Congressional district in the country, (incidentally, the bluest is a neighboring district in The Bronx currently held by Jose Serrano), but it has potential ramifications for Republican politics, especially establishment vs grass roots on the immigration issue.

    If Espaillat wins, the RINO open borders lobby will be screaming:


    • 1stworlder

      Vote for him just to keep the crazy corruption & hook er stories coming.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    Boy, would that be poetic justice. I be lovin’ it!

    • Jesse James

      Yup Rangel hoisted by his own petard, that would be funny. Blacks need a number of “teachable moments” as sbuff says.

  • shmo123

    The fact that an 84 year old is still running for office gives credence to the adage that “absolute power corrupts absolutely”. Only a lust for retaining power could drive someone of that age to continue to seek office. Retire already Rangel– and walk away with some dignity.

    • The man has none. He is arrogant, shameless and a ruthless deceiver. In other words, he’s a democrat.

      • benvad

        He’s a true scumbag, but his service during the Korean War was exceptional to say the least. I give credit where credit is due.

    • I haven’t had a steady job since I was 40, and it feels great. My whole life for the last eight years has become one long summer vacation. It is also amazing how much one can get done if one doesn’t have to show up at an office. From my perspective, an 84 year-old doing this to himself is stupid beyond belief.

      • shmo123

        More power to you. I haven’t worked a 9 to 5 in almost 4 years–hasn’t been easy, but I’m not giving up.

  • JackKrak

    Just imagine a three-way race between a black, a hispanic and a gay Jewish white guy.

    You’d have to call in the HazMat people to clean up after all the liberal heads exploded after not being able to figure out what to do.

    • JDInSanD

      Or consider the race you already saw between Hillary and Obama. One appears to be a lesbian, white, marxist, atheist. The other appears to be a gay, half black, marxist, muslim sympathizer atheist.

    • Bossman

      Blacks and Hispanics are very homophobic.

  • borogirl54

    Isn’t there are sizeable white population living in Harlem due to gentrification?

  • MekongDelta69

    “New York’s black political royalty–former New York City mayor David Dinkins, the Rev. Al Sharpton and singer Harry Belafonte.”

    Black political royalty. Think about that for a second.

    I hope he loses BIG-TIME…

  • NoMosqueHere

    Rangel should have changed his first name to Carlos.

    • Kenner

      Didn’t work for Carlos Danger.

      • jane johnson

        God, that was funny. Tickled me so much that I wrote limericks about it:
        Weiner, the rep from New York
        Could really deliver the pork
        But was less than discreet
        When tweeting his meat
        (the kind you don’t eat with a fork)
        A congressman sent out a tweet
        He thought he was being discreet
        His career is now sunk
        Cause pics of his junk
        Ended up all over the street

        • Good! The only limerick I ever wrote was for a contest in college, and was so completely filthy that I was permanently banned from future participation.

          • jane johnson

            I’ve done some of those myself, but very few people ever saw them.

          • I also wrote my last limerick with a Sharpie pen inside the male restroom in the physics building at UC Santa Cruz. The far one on the left as one enters. It was so revoltingly obscene that the reply was “The human race is doomed.”

            Apparently I produced an L-bomb. In retrospect, the physics building seems an appropriate venue for that.

          • PvtCharlieSlate

            See my reply above to Jane.

            What I sometimes leave on the wall in restroom stalls (usually bars): In Europe the fascists goose step. In America they jog.

        • PvtCharlieSlate

          If you can, find a copy of Isaac Asimov’s “Lecherous Limericks”.

          • jane johnson

            I’ll do it. Thanks.

  • jayvbellis

    Like to see this.

    Black Libs in long time political power taken down by anti Black Hispanic immigrants.

    We need to get Black Americans to stop supporting mass Hispanic immigration.

    Put out the meme that Hispanics are replacing Blacks as the minority that America must puts, first.

    Anytime Blacks want some a civil Rights museum, a discussion about race, say:

    “Sorry, Hispanics get priority in this area. Yeah, Detroit, Washington DC once had Black mayors, Black political power. Those days are long gone.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    In recent years, Rangel’s district has been recarved, turning what has for years been a majority-black district into one that is 52 percent Hispanic.

    Looks like being black and lefty is no longer working out for old Charlie.

    And this:

    The House of Representatives formally censured Rangel after he was found guilty of 11 ethics violation…Violations included short changing the IRS for 17 years on rental income from his villa in the Dominican Republic

    Oh, the irony!! HA!

  • Neither candidate is a friend to the white man, so I don’t care about this issue, other than to hope that open warfare eventually breaks out between the parasitical blacks and the parasitical Hispanics.

  • IstvanIN

    He won.

    • sbuffalonative

      Amazing isn’t it?

      Everyone talks about voting out the incumbent yet it rarely happens.

      There’s a big stupid silent majority out there.

    • Black Swan

      He won at pandering to the Dominican voting population.

  • IKUredux

    Think about it for a minute. With Whites still in charge, Rangel was allowed to flourish. The stupidity, the sheer arrogance of Black incompetence on parade and celebrated by complicit Whites. Make no mistake. Whites are still in control of this planet. “Those Whites”, might not pass our definition of White, but , still, they are mixed with our Christian DNA. As a matter of fact, none of them would look anywhere near attractive, if it hadn’t been for Goy DNA. As a matter of fact, I would argue that the Jews would not be who they are today without the influx of Goy DNA. They wouldn’t be as successful, or as smart, or as innovative. Please, look at what the goys did without any Jewish influence! Then contrast that with what the Jews did, all on their own. The Jews became less Semitic because of their intermingling with the Goyim. Seriously. How else would you explain the difference between the semitic Jews and the Ashkenazi?You know, that’s why everybody hates us. Whites. Because we are the best of the best. In every way. The Jews are jealous, they wouldn’t be where they are today without our DNA contributing. Once again, the Jews aren’t stupid, they intermixed with we Whites, to form an uber race. Charlie Rangel is nothing more than a pawn.

  • LHathaway

    I’m not fond of mud slinging but how can they write an article about the election and not cover Rangel’s misdeeds? It would be like covering a fictional Richard Nixon’s attempt to get elected to the presidency for a third time and saying nothing about Watergate.

    • Rusty Shackelford

      The article was from the Washington Post. With all respect, that should answer your question.

  • Rusty Shackelford

    Rangel held on, but with barely a 4% lead over the Hispanic challenger. Two years from now, assuming he is even fit enough to run, it might be a different story given the changing demographics in Harlem. Four years from now, there will be a Hispanic congresscritter from Harlem. The blacks, in their near universal hatred of whites and desire to support anything that they believe will cost whites tax dollars or otherwise make them suffer, have marched lockstep with the same people who are salivating over the idea of importing more Hispanics into this country (and that doesn’t even include the Republiturds who want it as well, albeit for different reasons). As I’ve said before, they fail to see that Hispanics have no cultural equivalent of white guilt, and they will not care how small a piece of the pie blacks end up with.

  • benvad

    Rangel represents a type of person who’d sell out his own to keep his position of authority. Money and prestige is what shapes his character.

    That’s all you have to know politicians.

  • Black Swan

    What’s the difference? One deranged, uneducated, ethno-centric “my people” and “my people” only replaced by another deranged, uneducated, ethno-centric “my people and “my people” only politician.

    Rangel will be replace by a Dominican version of Rangel with the same demands that White America pay and pay and pay for “his people’s” food, housing, clothing and cradle-to grave medical care.

    Count on it.