Pelosi backs 22-term New York Rep. Rangel

AP News
Posted: Jun 02, 2014 11:17 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic leader in the House is endorsing 22-term New York Rep. Charlie Rangel, who faces a tough Democratic primary in three weeks.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi on Monday called Rangel courageous, innovative and a dedicated public servant, praising his efforts on behalf of working families.

Rangel, who turns 84 next week, faces a competitive June 24 primary against state Sen. Adriano Espaillat (ehs-pay-YAHT) and Baptist minister Michael Walrond in the Harlem district. Rangel edged out Espaillat by fewer than 1,100 votes in the 2012 primary.

Members of the Democratic establishment have lined up behind Rangel, including former President Bill Clinton and New York Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.

New York Rep. Steve Israel, chairman of the campaign committee to elect Democrats, recently sent out a fundraising appeal for Rangel.