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As the future dims one way or another for U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, and President Barack Obama urged he "end his career with dignity," Rangel's primary challengers gained attention. Jonathan Tasini, who quit his run against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to seek the 15th C.D. seat, drew fire in May from state Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs for warning Rangel's misdeeds could cost Democratic seats in the House.

"He should be careful about attacking fellow Democrats who have served their communities well for many years," Jacobs said.

Another candidate, Assemb. Adam Clayton Powell IV also demanded Rangel quit. But election officials said Rangel's name, whether he's willing or not,  goes on the Sept. 14 primary ballot  because the deadline to decline designations was July 19.

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Add to the Democrats' burden nationally that Rep. Maxine Waters of California now faces ethics charges.

In a possible overreach, the NY Times states that neither Waters nor Rangel "faces electoral jeopardy."  That's actually up to the primary voters. But it is true that given registration and demographics there's little threat either seat will turn Republican in the fall, even as corruption issues threaten trouble for the party majority elsewhere around the nation.