Andrew Cuomo, Charlie Rangel and Chuck Schumer

Who will attend Charlie Rangel's sold-out birthday party?

The embattled congressman promises speeches tonight from Andrew Cuomo and Chuck Schumer (but they won't confirm)


Alex Pareene
August 11, 2010 10:10PM (UTC)

Are you going to Representative Charlie Rangel's birthday gala tonight? More importantly, are prominent New York Democrats?

Rangel's birthday party is always a well-attended party, but most years the longtime congressman is not facing multiple ethics charges. Rangel's campaign sent out a memo claiming that Senator Chuck Schumer and would-be Governor Andrew Cuomo will both be speaking at the gala at the Plaza Hotel. But neither Cuomo nor Schumer have confirmed their attendence.

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It actually sounds like a pretty kick-ass party:

Rep. Joe Crowley is to introduce the “master of ceremonies” Gov. David Paterson, who briefly wavered about sticking to his agreement to participate, but apparently is back on board. Other speakers include: Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Mayor Bloomberg, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, and NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

Paterson is, according to this memo, to acknowledge the presence of former NYC Mayor David Dinkins and his father, ex-state Secretary of State Basil Paterson. And then Rangel speaks. Dionne Warwick will take the stage after the congressman, and then do a “Happy Birthday” duet with Chuck Jackson.

Attendees supposedly also include Representatives Jerry Nadler, Anthony Weiner, Yvette Clark, Jose Serrano, Greg Meeks, and Chaka Fattah.

You want to be at this party, right? Unfortunately, public tickets are sold out. But keep checking CharlieRangel.org to see if more are made available!


Alex Pareene

Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at apareene@salon.com and follow him on Twitter @pareene

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