The Campaign for Primary Accountability, a big-spending anti-incumbent super-PAC, may spend against long-time Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), the group's spokesman told The Hill Monday evening.
"We are looking very closely at Charlie Rangel and are going to make a decision on that in a matter of days — we're very close to getting involved there," said group spokesman Curtis Ellis. "We're looking over his challengers there and seeing how that's shaping up. it's a multi-candidate race, so we're looking at their finance reports."
New York state Sen. Adriano Espaillat (D) and former Democratic National Committee Political Director Clyde Williams are both challenging the 21-term lawmaker, who easily fended off a primary challenge two years ago. But this time redistricting has made his job harder: The African American community in Harlem has been shrinking for years and the new district has more white and Hispanic voters.
The group could be a major player in the race: They've spent more than $200,000 apiece on a number of races, and can claim at least some credit for knocking off Reps. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), Don Manzullo (R-Ill.) and Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio).
Ellis said the group would announce its decision on Rangel within the next three days.
One member the group won't target after all: Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), who they'd initially planned to go after. "We dropped him because his challenger just wasn't measuring up," Ellis said.