“We’ve got a half a dozen months for all of the candidates to come forward, and there’s no question in my mind that some of the names—people have wanted to enjoy saying they have been considered as a candidate, but if you take a look, you can see that they’re not prepared to run,” Mr. Rangel said. “So there’s no sense to me offending them, when very soon they’ll be saying they’re not candidates—according to the federal election board filings.”
I have looked at the FEC filings and everyone is in, raising money and running. Ok, a few have yet to file but they will. They will. The Congressman is wrong.
Mr. Rangel has not yet endorsed a candidate to replace him, pointing instead to the one mythical Democrat who he hopes can unite the many races and nationalities of the 13th Congressional District, including a majority Latino population and a traditionally powerful African-American bloc.
Mr. Rangel has tweaked Mr. Espaillat before for taking advantage of a convoluted election calendar. Congressional primaries were moved to June several years ago but state legislative races are still in September, allowing state lawmakers to run for Congress without giving up their seats.
In Mr. Espaillat’s two campaigns, he often played coy, promising his focus was soley on going to Washington. But after each loss, he quickly turned around and sought re-election.