In the last weekend of the 2014 primary campaign, Rep. Charlie Rangel, who has been in Congress for 44 years, had a flash mob dance party for supporters this weekend. Yesterday, he visited seven churches in Harlem.
Though two polls have Rangel ahead, the 84 year old is taking no chancesa and running hard. Rangel has run hard this campaign season after a close race in 2012. 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. The primary is tomorrow.