Rangel's Rise
November 8th, 2006

With the Democrats winning control of the U.S. House of Representatives, New York Citys Democratic congressmembers are looking forward to increased clout. Quoting a reader email, the Daily Politics notes, “Perhaps the central story for New York today is that the state boasts “a powerhouse delegation for the first time in recent memory.”
Charles Rangel, longtime representative from Harlem seems certain to lead the Ways and Means Committee, which writes tax legislation. The Daily Politics also says that as the leader of the Democratic senate campaign effort, Senator Charles Schumer will be an important Democrat in the party hierarchy, and Representative Jerrold Nadler will gain influence on transportation and constitutional issues.

Acknowledging Rangels increased clout, the Post comments, “Spitzer aside, perhaps the happiest New York politician today is the dean of the state’s congressional delegation, Representative Charles Rangel. After nearly four decades in Congress, Rangel has achieved his life dream” as he “stands to lead the most significant panel on Capitol Hill.”

The paper tempers its congratulations noting its “substantial differences” with Rangel. But, it continues, “We hope that Rangel will keep in mind that, ideology aside, he is from the city that remains – for now – the world financial center. We hope and trust he will take use opportunity to find ways to work in the best interests of New York and the nation.”

By on November 8, 2006, 9:47 am
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One Response to “Rangel's Rise”

  1. Gotham Gazette - The Wonkster » Blog Archive » So, What else Is Going on? Says:
    November 9th, 2006 at 4:32 pm

    […] Two days after the election and the topics for discussion seem to be exhausted. The Democrats have taken the Senate and the House — we won’t have to wait through a recount. Plus, by now everyone has noted that Charlie Rangel is going to be really powerful, and made their predictions about whether or not Eliot Spitzer will be able to change Albany, or when Hillary Clinton will announce that she’s running for president. […]

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