September 14th, 2010
11:27 PM ET
11 years ago

Analysis: Rangel a safe bet or on the line?

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" Is Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel in for the fight of his life?"]Is Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel in for the fight of his life? It depends who you ask.

The 20-term New York incumbent, plagued by ethics charges, faces five challengers in the Democratic primary. editor Erick Erickson told CNN that while the national media might paint the race as a tight one, the local press thinks Rangel is a safe bet.

"I've talked to a number of people who live in NY-15, his district, and no one there thinks he's going to be thrown out," he said. "Everyone it seems like in Washington and people I've talked to outside of his district think he's probably in for a fight for his life, but I know very few people who live in or around his district who think that."

On the eve of the primary, robo-calls using former President Bill Clinton's voice went out telling voters: "We need Charlie to go back to Washington, to work with President Obama to say, 'Yes.' "

Despite the ethics allegations, support is still pouring in for Rangel because "he's been a great congressman for Harlem," said Democratic strategist and CNN contributor Paul Begala.

"Maybe I'm making this up, but I wonder if a little of the support Rangel is getting is not the same sort of anti-establishment thing in his district. The president came out and kind of pushed Charlie out," Begala said. "So maybe there was even a little anti-establishment tension within the Democratic Party, this time directed at the president, who is the ultimate establishment figure now."

As of 11 p.m., it was too early to call the race in New York's 15th Congressional District.

Filed under: 2010 • Analysis • Charlie Rangel • New York
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. New Age Independant

    The fact that people vote for this crook tells you a lot about them. As long as this type of behavior is condoned and rewarded by Democrats, they will continue to lose all credibility.

    September 14, 2010 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  2. ehwilson429

    no fool like an old fool.

    September 14, 2010 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  3. Gary's Thoughts

    Charlie Rangel is a criminal who should be in jail. This is pathetic.

    September 14, 2010 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  4. In Deep

    crooks= politicians=crooks=politicans=crooks= you get the picture

    September 15, 2010 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  5. Slider

    Bill Clinton. Charlie Rangel.

    Yup, a person can just imagine the word 'ethics' personified with these two disgraces.

    Dems must be very proud.

    September 15, 2010 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  6. jules sand-perkins

    Wonder why Rangel and Obama had friction?
    Look at their clothes.
    Rangel's clothes make him appear rich.
    President Obama's clothes say, "I'm just like you–a regular worker, down-to-earth and on fire for the union. Man, I'm the President, and I won't even put on a tie!"

    September 15, 2010 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  7. barry

    The guy is a crook that should be in jail. That's where you or I would be if we broke laws like this. Sickening by either party and the leaders of the party should call the crook out.

    September 15, 2010 07:29 am at 7:29 am |