Rep. Charlie Rangel may have survived a very messy ethics scandal, but he may not be out of the woods yet. The multi-term Harlem Democrat may be facing a well-funded opponent in this November’s election. Clyde Williams, a former advisor for President Bill Clinton, is apparently being drafted to take on the fallen former Ways and Means chairman.The Huffington Post reports:
Clyde Williams, the former political director of the Democratic National Committee and one-time adviser to former President Bill Clinton has for months been considering challenging Rep. Charlie Rangel for his Harlem-based congressional seat.
Though Williams hasn’t officially begun campaigning against the incumbent of more than 40 years, he has raised $165,000 in 10 weeks, according to Politico.The donors include some high-powered friends of both President Barack Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton, including Peter Rouse, senior adviser to Obama. Also on the list are Maggie Williams and James Zogby.
Maggie Williams was Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff during Bill Clinton’s first term in the White House and the first African-American woman to hold that position. She also took over as campaign manager for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign as it began to flail against Barack Obama’s surge.
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