Congressman Charlie Rangel appears to have once again won the primary election for his Harlem seat against Adriano Espaillat. If this seems like a déjà vu, it’s because the contest was run under Mercury retrograde – and the two candidates had already faced each other two years ago with similar results. We’ve gotten a re-run.
Rangel has told reporters and his wife that this is the last time he’ll run. At 84, perhaps he’s winding down. But with his track record as well as Mercury retrograde at the time of his statement, I wonder if he’ll reconsider when his term is up again in two more years.
Despite ethics scandals in recent years and changes in his district that now make for a Hispanic majority, Rangel, first elected in 1971, has won a 23rd term in the House by a small margin. Born on June 11, 1930, Rangel’s Mercury and Mars are in fixed sign Taurus. Once focused on an idea he has tremendous staying power. Since Mars also trines his Saturn in Capricorn he also has the ability to direct much of his energy (Mars) into productively achieving his goals (Saturn).