“Just as President Obama needs more time to get our country back on track, my job in Congress is not done.”
So says Congressman Charlie Rangel in a statement released yesterday announcing his bid to be elected to his 22nd term in Congress.
Rangel’s statement came on the heels of news reports saying that State Senator Adriano Espaillat began circulating nominating petitions in his bid to unseat the 81-year old black congressman. Espaillat says that the rising Hispanic community deserves another voice in Congress.
In his own words, he says that Hispanics will “kick down the door.” Apparently, he is willing to risk what he described recently as “a twenty year nuclear war” to defeat Rep. Rangel.
It helps that two to three other African American candidates (Vince Morgan, Clyde Williams and Joyce Johnson) are running, too.