Rangel on de Blasio

The Staten Island Advance reported today that Charlie Rangel apologized to Democratic leaders on the Island for backing the potential candidacy of Bill de Blasio, saying he didn’t know they had already chosen a candidate to challenge Vito Fossella.

“I assumed [de Blasio] had some type of support on Staten Island,” Rangel told the Advance yesterday. “It’s an assumption I shouldn’t have made.”

He added, “I think the world of Bill but we have to respect the process.”

Does this mean that Rangel no longer believes that de Blasio has support in Richmond County?

—Nicole Brydson