Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., has no obvious electoral challenger, but some of his House Democratic colleagues are busy helping him bulk up his campaign bank account for 2014.
Rangel, 83, has long been the target of retirement rumors and recently confirmed he’s searching for a successor. This year, Rangel reported a lousy first quarter but rebounded in the next three months by raising almost $200,000.
Eight members of the House Ways and Means Committee are set to attend a fundraiser in his honor in early October, according to an invitation obtained by CQ Roll Call. Rangel’s cocktail party fundraiser is scheduled just after the third quarter’s Sept. 30 fundraising deadline.
“I am so honored that my dear friend Congressman Sandy Levin and many of my colleagues from the Ways & Means committee are hosting a fundraiser to support me,” Rangel wrote in an email to supporters. Levin is the ranking member of the committee.
Here is the invite:
For now, the only other Democrat to file a 2014 statement of candidacy for New York’s 13th District is Adam Clayton Powell IV. He filed in March but later told The New York Post that any congressional run was contingent on Rangel stepping aside.
Rangel handily defeated Powell in 2010, when they faced off in a difference version of the district. In 2012, the district’s boundaries were redrawn to include new territory following redistricting.
The New York 2014 federal primary date has yet to be determined.