With Primary Day just days away, longtime congressman Charles Rangel said Saturday he’s not overconfident he’ll prevail over his closet rival — but insisted that voters would stick with a veteran lawmaker, dismissing criticism that he was too old to continue serving in Washington.
“If you had a racehorse that won 43 races, brings in the money, but the horse is old and experienced and knows the track — what would you do?” Rangel, 84, asked reporters at a Washington Heights storefront church, where he was endorsed by about a dozen Spanish-speaking ministers. “Would you send him to the glue factory? Hell no.”
A NY1/Siena College poll released Thursday put Rangel, a 22-term New York Democrat, up 13 points over his closest challenger, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat. The margin of error was 3.7 percentage points.