Joyce Johnson Makes 2nd Attempt Against Rangel
Joyce Johnson, a longtime civil rights/women’s rights advocate and former executive who was one of five Democrats to unsuccessfully challenge Rep. Charlie Rangel last year, has formally decided to make a second attempt at unseating the veteran Harlem congressman, and just announced her campaign via a statement on the Huffington Post.
“I’m running for Congress again in 2012 because I continue to believe what I did then: that a brighter future is possible for all of us when we work together and have strong, efficient leaders in place to support us,” Johnson wrote.
“We need leaders that understand the value of creating jobs that offer equal pay for equal work; of investing in our youth by building better schools, hiring quality teachers, and fostering cleaner, safer environments for them to learn and play; and of bridging the social and economic divide that continues to burden hardworking individuals and families across America, and in my own neighborhood.”
“This is a future that every American deserves. But it cannot be accomplished with legislators heavily invested in maintaining the status quo of ‘politics as usual.’ The only way forward is with pragmatic yet innovative leaders who are connected to the people they’ve been hired to serve, and who can envision our community’s future as it ought to be – full of promise and opportunity.”
“That is the future I see and will fight hard to achieve as Congresswoman of New York’s 13th District.”
Johnson did not name Rangel in her announcement, but did reference “someone who, for nearly half a century, has been buoyed by a well-funded, well-connected political machine.”
Johnson, the lone woman in the 2010 field, surprised everyone when she received the coveted NYT endorsement that year, but nevertheless failed to gain much traction in the race. As the Daily Beast reported, she had “a campaign staff of zero, a total budget of $80,000 and no office outside of her two-bedroom apartment.”
She finished with 12 percent of the vote. Then-Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV, whose father Rangel ousted from office in a 1970 primary, had 24 percent, and Rangel himself received 51 percent.
This time around, it looks like Johnson will again be the only woman challenging Rangel, but she isn’t alone is seeking to take him out.
Clyde Williams, a former aide to Bill Clinton, launched his campaign via video earlier this month, making no formal mention of Rangel, either.
Sen. Adriano Espaillat has been circulating petitions to get onto the June 26 primary ballot. The senator has so far refused to formally acknowledge whether he actually plans to go through with a challenge to Rangel, but his spokesman told City&State yesterday that the senator has already collected enough signatures to secure a ballot slot, but will continue collecting names to protect against challenges.
Rangel has been sidelined by a back injury that is taking a lot longer than originally predicted by his spokeswoman to heal. But the 82-year-old insists he’s running for re-election in his newly-drawn district and has already collected his first Democratic club endorsement.
Manhattan Democratic Chairman/Assemblyman and would-be Rangel successor Keith Wright is overseeing the congressman’s petitioning, and has insisted that process is going along just swimmingly.
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