Obama Backs Another Incumbent, But Not Charlie Rangel

Nydia Velazquez announced this morning that her re-election campaign has received perhaps the most coveted endorsement in the Democratic Party–Barack Obama.

“For the past two decades, Rep. Nydia Velázquez has been a constant advocate for middle-class families, helping to create an economy built to last where everyone has an opportunity to achieve the American Dream,” said President Obama. “Rep. Velázquez has worked tirelessly to create good middle-class jobs through community projects, provide affordable housing so folks have a decent place to lay their head at night, and invest in education so that the children in her district receive the quality education they deserve. The people of NY’s 7th Congressional need to re-elect Rep. Velázquez so that she can keep fighting for them in Congress.”

Ms. Velazquez is facing a primary from City Councilman Erik Dilan.

Mr. Obama has been on something of an endorsement spree as of late, throwing his name behind Yvette Clark, who is facing a challenge from Sylvia Kinard, yesterday.

The endorsement of the Brooklyn lawmakers means that the president is backing all of the incumbent Democrats facing serious challenges–except, perhaps, the one facing the most serious challenge: Charlie Rangel.

Mr. Rangel frequently touts his own support for the president. The reciprocity however does not appear to be forthcoming. Last we heard White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that he would get back to them on the question of whether or not Mr. Obama backs Mr. Rangel.

Still, now that Mr. Obama is behind everyone but Mr. Rangel, pressure on the Harlem pol to get the president behind him is likely to intensify.

Obama Backs Another Incumbent, But Not Charlie Rangel