NY Post is reporting a Rangel loyalist threatened to run against state Senator Bill Perkins, if he followed through with a rumored endorsement of Rangel foe, Adriano Espaillat,
According to the paper:
Following a Rangel endorsement rally yesterday in East Harlem, the embattled congressman’s campaign team made an unlikely confession to The Post: They’d strong-armed state Sen. Bill Perkins for an endorsement.
Perkins,a Manhattan Democrat, initially planned to back Rangel’s stiffest challenger,state Sen. Adriano Espaillat,in the June 26 congressional primary,Rangel’s camp admitted.
“I have friends all over the place, and I heard from someone he was going to support Espaillat,” recalled Rangel’s East Harlem campaign manager Edwin Marcial.
The rumors seemed true last weekend,when Perkins failed to show for a pro-Rangel Harlem Democratic confab.
“When I asked [Perkins],he said, ‘That’s true,’ ” Marcial continued. “I said,‘If you don’t support Charlie, I’m going to run against you,’ ” Marcial told The Post.
Do you think Rep. Rangel and/or his supporters put pressure on Sen. Perkins? Comment as you see fit.