Ex-Clinton advisor considers challenge Rangel in primary

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) might face an adviser to former President Clinton in a primary, should he decide to run for reelection.

According to The New York Times, Clyde Williams, a senior Democrat with ties to both Clinton and President Obama, has began fundraising, hired a pollster and is seriously considering a run against the powerful longtime congressman.

Williams was the political director of the Democratic National Committee until a few months ago and has the national network to raise the money necessary for a serious congressional run.

Rangel has been the target of retirement rumors for months. His fundraising totals have slowed considerably from previous years, and he has just $340,000 cash on hand for a reelection campaign at this point.

Should Rangel retire, many expect New York state Assemblyman Keith Wright, a close ally of Rangel's, to run for the seat.