Rangel retraction (sort of)
Rep. Charles Rangel apologized to the Democratic leaders of the 13th for releasing his letter surveying support for de Blasio. Rangel apparently was unaware that there was already a supported candidate in the race (Harrison).
from the Staten Island Advance
"I owe you the deepest apology for not being aware that the Democratic leaders of the 13th [Congressional District] had already selected a candidate to run against Vito Fossella," said Rangel in the fax, which was written on U.S. House stationery and signed, "Your friend, Charlie."
Is Rangel's saving grace letter foreshadowing a de Blasio decision to not enter the race? Rangel's apparent entrance into this race two weeks ago gave de Blasio instant credibility and suddenly made a race where one did not exist. De Blasio's decision was suppose to come last week, and thus suddenly this is looking more and more like the delayed annoucements of each Democrat shying away from the fight in December and January.