The disputed primary election between Rep. Charlie Rangel and second-place finisher state Sen. Adriano Espaillat is getting even messier.
According to a New York Daily News report,
the deputy chief clerk for Manhattan’s Board of Elections held a
meeting in Harlem with key Rangel campaign operatives and local leaders
supporting Rangel three days before the June 26 primary.
"But there were clear signs of foul play in this race before the first vote was cast.
The News has learned that on Saturday morning, June 23, Timothy Gay,
the deputy chief clerk for Manhattan’s Board of Elections — and the
person currently supervising the count of the votes in the Manhattan
part of the 13th Congressional District — held a meeting in Harlem with
key Rangel campaign operatives, and with district leaders supporting
Asked about the meeting, Gay said he attended at the request of
state Assemblyman Keith Wright, the Manhattan Democratic chairman, to
provide “district leaders with lists of their Democratic inspectors
assigned to their specific districts” and to “discuss election matters
So why did candidate Rangel’s campaign staffers attend, while no
Democratic district leaders who supported Espaillat were invited? (Continues)