Today is primary today in New York. This past Saturday, Rep. Charlie Rangel held “Uncle Charlie’s Flash Mob Dance Party” in Harlem. The event was held on the first day of summer. Once again, much like two years ago, Rangel is facing energetic opposition in the Democratic primary after his district’s demographics changed in 2011.
Rangel has been in Congress for 44 years, but even at 84 years old he visited seven churches in Harlem on Sunday to urge people to vote for him one last time.
Though two polls have Rangel ahead, the 84 year old is taking no chances and running hard. Other members of the Black Caucus, including Reps. Emanuel Cleaver and John Lewis, have also hit the ground to help Rangel.
Rangel’s opponent, New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat, has attacked Rangel for being “too close to Wall Street.” He has also pushed the notion that Rangel is too old and that there is a need for “new blood.” Still, two recent polls indicated that Rangel is ten points ahead.
About 100 Rangel supporters turned out for a “flash mob dance party” in Harlem in support of Rangel. Rangel wasn’t on Capitol Hill last week. He stayed in his district and campaigned. We will know tonight whether or not Rangel will be given one last dance in Congress and if voters award him a 23rd term in the U.S. House.