Amsterdam News primary endorsements

4/12/2011, 5:24 p.m.

While Rangel no longer chairs the powerful Ways and Means Committee, he still has the stature to create change and to ensure the wellbeing of our communities. He has been a great fighter for all. of us and as he continues to be in the trenches, we must continue to fight alongside him.

As for his primary challengers, there are many, from Adam Clayton Powell IV to Joyce Johnson and Vince Morgan, the latter two of whom have both worked for the congressman. Johnson and Morgan are ambitions, but both hold the congressman in the highest of regard. Yet, they are challenging him to better position themselves down the line.

Morgan has worked for the Empowerment Zone, serves as chair of the 125th Street BID and is a community banker with TD Bank. He has the ambition and the drive to do well in New York City politics. We believe Morgan will do well down the line, but as for our current endorsement, we believe that Congressman Charles B. Rangel continues to be the best person to represent the 15th Congressional District.

That is why once again, the Amsterdam News enthusiastically endorses Charles B. Rangel for congressman on the 15th Congressional District.

Congress: 10th Congressional District

Edolphus Towns

Congressman Ed Towns came to the Amsterdam News editorial meeting straight from a fact-finding mission in Afghanistan. While he had just come from rugged conditions and spent many hours on a plane, the 14-term congressman from Brooklyn takes his national responsibilities seriously as well as his commitment to his community. Towns is chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the main investigative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Congressman Towns' opponent, Kevin Powell, was scheduled to appear before the Amsterdam News Editorial Board, but cancelled on the day of the endorsement meetings.

Because of his diligent congressional service, the Amsterdam News enthusiastically endorses Congressman Towns.

Part II of endorsements next week.