Harlem recount: Rangel's race to stay in office is far from over
theGRIO REPORT - On the heels of being declared the winner in New York City's 13th Congressional District primary election with 45.2 percent of the vote, Charles Rangel is fighting to stay on top in the midst of a dwindling margin of victory and vote recount...
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But, it’s also this idea of Harlem as the center of black identity and culture in New York City that has implied that Rangel works in the interest of the black community, according to the website Religions of Harlem. “His record in the House, indeed, enforces this idea, as a number of issues he has focused on, such as anti-drug campaigns and low-income housing efforts,” said one article on the site from last year.
With some Latino groups in the city calling for the federal government to get involved in the election recount, and Espaillat citing reports of voter suppression and calling the entire process that elected Rangel a “phantom election,” the mounting effort to unseat Rangel is seen as needed change by some Harlemites.
“I feel at this point, Rangel has served the interests of the African-American community, but it’s time for someone new,” said Harlem blogger Marc Polite.
“Up until a certain point it’s counterproductive for Rangel to stay,” he says, pointing out the need to resolve the voting dispute and counting the 2,000 absentee ballots.
“The ballot discrepancy,” Polite said,”is actually overshadowing anything that [Rangel] might be able to do” if and when he does regain his seat.