Rangel Wins Primary Despite Ethics Charges

Voters Flock To Embattled Dem's Side; Espada Concedes

NEW YORK (CBS 2 / WCBS 880) — Voters headed to the polls Tuesday for New York’s primary election.

For some candidates, you’d have no idea they’re facing serious, even federal charges.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reports

CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer was in Harlem Tuesday night, where Congressman Charlie Rangel was celebrating his primary win.

For months New York voters have been telling pollsters they want to throw the bums out, but apparently some feel the bum they know is better than the one they don’t.

Rangel came into primary day facing 13 ethics charges for misusing congressional resources and failing to pay taxes, but his supporters said they don’t care.

Rangel beat back five challengers in the Democratic primary, including Adam Clayton Powell IV, a state assemblyman and son of the legendary Harlem figure Rangel defeated in 1970.

“I’m going to go back to Washington with such pride, with such pride. I hope when you go back to work tomorrow you don’t say this is a win for Charlie Rangel. It’s a win for our community,” Rangel said.

You could tell Rangel was headed to victory when voters broke out in spontaneous applause when the 80-year-old congressman cast his ballot Tuesday morning.

Charges that Bronx Sen. Pedro Espada allegedly took $14 million from his Bronx health clinic proved to be too much for his constituents to handle. They sent him packing in favor of Gustavo Rivera.

Queens politician Hiram Monserrate was kicked out of the Senate after a conviction for roughing up his girlfriend. However, his comeback attempt to represent his constituents in the assembly was beaten down as early returns had him with just 37 percent of the vote.

And no rogue’s gallery of politicians would be complete without Brooklyn Sen. Kevin Parker, who has anger management issues and is facing an assault trial. Early returns had him in the lead.

So the rouge’s gallery tallied Tuesday night was wins and losses. However, voters will get another chance to knock them out in November.

  • Adriane

    Craig Schley on General Election Day!! Craig Schley is holding a press conference today at 1pm in front of his office 2046 Adam Clayton Powell between 122nd and 123rd. I will be there to hear what he has to say.

  • Rich

    This is how corrupt America is.

  • MissJusticeNY

    There is truly something wrong with a society who cries with outrage when a politician cheats on his or her spouse, but has no problem voting for them when they steal from their constiguents… Rangel is a thief and should be booted from office. Thank goodness at least the people of the Bronx were smarter than this and espada is gone…

  • Charlie Rangel

    I love my race card! It’s my magic charm, and works each and every time. I’d like to give thanks now to my legions of mentally challenged supporters: I luv u!

  • Wake Up America

    Just goes to show where he gets his votes from?! Kool-aid slurpers will vote for anyone who will keep handing them benefits and not education to improve their lives!!

  • The Cynic

    This is exactly why I left New York…………….

  • John Smith

    Rangel has done no wrong. The charges are being orchestrated by right wing white tugs who want to see the political demise of all black politicians so that they can rule forever and enjoy their white previllage

    • Wake Up America

      Yes, you ARE a RACIST!!

  • Asif

    you all lost, now get lost

    • The Cynic

      If you’re a Dem??

      You are the reason for this madness…

      Tow the party line no mater what the cost…Truly sad…

  • saywhat

    entrenched politicians are the worst, they know they can withstand corruption charges in the court of public opinion where they grew up and led for a long time..as if they are seen as robin hood… people are blinded by loyalty to him…really pathetic political system.

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  • Paul

    Why is it that Democrats are always so eager to point fingers at Rpublicans over ethics, when this Schmuck who only gets elected because of his skin tone, can cheat and steal but keeps getting elected. One answer NY Democrats are mentally defective and morally bankrupt! Example Bird (KKK), Waters (ethics) Rangel (ethics) .Rangel is an ignorant race pimp and really not very intelligent.

  • JasonS

    There is absolutely no limit to the stupidity of New York liberals. No reasonable person on Earth would cast a vote for that greedy criminal slob after the revelations of the last few years. I would like to say that New Yorkers deserve everything they get but unfortunately I live and work here myself and thus am directly affected by the culture of Democrat corruption which rules the city.

  • Joes

    Just shows you how clueless NY dems are.

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