House Democratic Women to Headline Rangel Fundraiser

Rangel faces a competitive June 24 primary. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A little more than a month out from New York's primaries, three female House Democrats are hosting a New York City fundraiser on behalf of Rep. Charles B. Rangel, who is again facing a stiff intraparty challenge.  

New York Democratic Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney emailed Rangel's supporter list Thursday with the subject line, "Women Can Count on Charlie Rangel." The postscript read: "On May 22, I'm hosting a fundraiser at my house for Charlie with Congress Members Nita Lowey and Terri Sewell. Will I see you there?" Rangel, running for a 23rd term, was named Tuesday as one of Roll Call's 10 most vulnerable House members of 2014 . He faces state Sen. Adriano Espaillat and Pastor Michael Walrond in the June 24 Democratic primary, which will decide the next member of Congress from this heavily Democratic district.  

The fundraising email from Maloney links to an invitation on Rangel's campaign website announcing a May 22 "Spring Garden Party." Suggested donations range from $250 to $2,600.  

Maloney represents the wealthiest district in the United States, New York's 11th, which covers Manhattan's Upper East Side. Earlier this spring, she hosted a fundraiser at her home on behalf of former New York City Councilman Domenic M. Recchia Jr., who is challenging GOP Rep. Michael G. Grimm, who represents Staten Island and Brooklyn.  

Lowey is a fellow member of the New York delegation, and Sewell, of Alabama, is a roommate of Maloney's in Washington, D.C. Sewell is also a former associate at the prestigious New York City-based Davis Polk & Wardwell law firm.  

Both Lowey and Sewell serve on powerful committees that translate to high capacities to fundraise. Lowey is the ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee, while Sewell serves on the House Financial Services Committee.