Charlie Rangel ended his raucous birthday fundraiser last night by encouraging the attendees to see if the bar was still open, then leading a Si Se Puede chant, then a “Fired Up! Ready To Go!” cheer, and finally, dancing on stage, alone.
Today, he is entering full campaign mode with a kick-off announcement of sorts up in Harlem. (Of sorts because the campaign already did do their kick-off in Washington Heights, which was panned in New York Magazine and which Jonathan Tasini said was in that neighborhood because they wanted to neutralize his candidacy.)
“We are going to pivot from everything the media has been talking about, pivot from the discussion about ethics to begin running for re-election,” said Rangel campaign manager Bob Liff. “We are home. Now is the time to focus on the job at hand and focus on the people of the 15th congressional district and the primary.”