The name of Rep. Charlie Rangel likely will appear on New Yorks Sept. 14 primary ballot whether he wants it to or not.
The deadline for candidates to formally decline a ballot designation was July 19, according to the New York Board of Elections.
But that hasnt stopped Rangels opponents in the Democratic primary from calling on him to step down in the wake of being charged by a House ethics panel with 13 counts of violating House rules and federal laws, including conduct reflecting discreditably on the chamber.
Upper Manhattan has too many problems at the moment to have a representative who is distracted by so many corruption charges, rival Adam Clayton Powell IV said in a statement Thursday afternoon. This is no longer about Charles Rangel but about the people of our district. We need a representative with clean hands who will focus on the work, and who will be around to complete the entire two-year term. Rangel is not that person.
Powell is among the Democrats running against Rangel in the September primary. Another Democratic opponent, Jonathan Tasini, revived his own call for Rangel to drop out of the race.
One week ago, I called on Charles Rangel to give up his campaign for re-election, for the sake of the people who live in the 15th Congressional District, the Democratic Party and the country. Today, I am renewing that call, Tasini said on his campaign website.
My opponent has clearly chosen his legacy and his desire to maintain power over the interests of the people of the 15th Congressional District and the Democratic Party. I reiterate my belief that every day that this matter drags on puts the Democratic Party in grave danger in the November elections.
In the heavily Democratic 15th district, the primary is the crucial contest that will decide who represents the district in Congress next term.