Time for a change…. #Espaillat
Originally published at City Limits’s Bronx Bureau site:
By Ed Morales
The Democratic Party primary held on June 24th for the 13th Congressional District was a contentious one, pitting the Dominican-born challenger Adriano Espaillat against Harlem’s native son, incumbent Charles Rangel, for the second time in two years, and the political fallout was predictably intense following Rangel’s victory.
But while there was much talk about apparent racial conflicts between the black core of Central Harlem and the emerging Dominican power base in Washington Heights, the real drama was rooted in the redistricting battle that redrew the lines of the district back in 2012.
The question now, as Rangel gets set to head to Washington for a 23rd term and Espaillat fights to retain his state Senate seat in a September 9th primary, is: Did the district perform as the district-drawers…
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