State Assembly Speaker Backs Harlem’s Wright In Race

Cap Ben 5 Star Security assemblymen Keith Wright Chief Salih of 5 Star SecurityAssembly Speaker Carl Heastie Thursday threw his support behind long-time Harlem Assemblyman Keith Wright‘s run for Congress (center in photo).

“From my first day as a member of the Assembly, Keith has been someone I look up to as a leader,” Heastie said in a statement.

Wright is running in the June 28 Democratic primary to fill the seat of retiring veteran Rep. Charles Rangel. He will face state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, former Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV, and ex-White House aide Clyde Williams.

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Wright last year briefly sought the Assembly speakership Heastie (in almost Heisman pose above) ultimately won after Sheldon Silver resigned following his arrest on federal corruption charges.

Two years ago, the Bronx Democratic Committee that Heastie then headed backed Espaillat over Rangel in the Democratic primary.

Once a predominantly black district, Rangel’s district now runs from Harlem into the Bronx and is mostly Hispanic.

Much of the Harlem establishment has backed Wright’s congressional run, including former Gov. David Paterson and ex-Mayor David Dinkins.

Photo credit: By Seitu Oronde.

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