April 21, 2012
The head of the 15,000-member city jail officers union yesterday endorsed state Sen. Adriano Espaillat over 21-term incumbent Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel for Congress.
“I’m supporting Sen. Adriano Espaillat for Congress because I believe he has the thunder,” said Correction Officers Benovolent Assocation president Norman Seabrook. “He brings an opportunity to be a fresh voice in Washington.”
Seabrook praised Espaillat for bucking the establishment and voting against the law that curbs pension for new government workers.
Seabrook said that he will stump with Espaillat in northern Manhattan and The Bronx before the June 26 Democratic primary.
Rangel was censured by the House of Representatives in 2010 for a host of ethics violations.
The 81-year-old incumbent is recovering from a back injury and missed votes in the House last week. He used the aid of a walker during a recent Harlem event.