In an editorial today, the New York Times unfurled its officials endorsements for New York's upcoming elections, but one powerful incumbent who normally sails through the reelection process has been left off the Times' choice ballot: Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel, NY-15.
As has been widely reported, the New York congressman is getting ready to face down 13 ethics charges before a House hearing, including accusations surrounding improper fundraising and shady real estate deals involving coveted rent-stabilized apartments. Rather than wait for the verdict to be passed down on Rangel, the Times explains, "a better solution would be for voters to look seriously at the five people running against him now."
The biggest name in the race is Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV, whose father was a political superstar in that area. Mr. Powell, however, has done little in Albany, even by Albany’s do-little standards. He has shown no reason for voters to promote him.
There are four other choices: Vince Morgan, a community banker and former Rangel aide; Jonathan Tasini, a perennial liberal candidate; Ruben Vargas, another campaign regular; and Joyce Johnson, a former chief executive and educator. The best of these alternatives is Joyce Johnson, who, while struggling in the primary, has been a strong advocate for women’s rights and civil rights for many years.