Rep. Charlie Rangel's run for redemption
It's official! Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) is running for a 21st term -- and redemption. He kicked off his reelection campaign yesterday in upper Manhattan. More than a few of his Democratic Party colleagues have dropped reelection bids at the hint of a tough race. Not Rangel. He might be the subject of a series of serious ethics investigations that have diminished his hold on power, but that's not stopping him from trying to keep it. There are at least four people vying to ensure that he doesn't. Good luck with that, folks. Don't let the courtly manner fool you. Rangel is the type to bring a bazooka to a fist fight.
Rangel has represented Harlem for 40 years. And for a time he was the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. It was the crowning achievement of his career. But the arrogance of power Rangel built up over the years forced him to relinquish the reins of the powerful tax-writing body earlier this year. Much has been written about the alleged violations the ethics committee is investigating. My favorite is the revelation that he had two previously undisclosed checking accounts with between $500,000 and $ 1 million.
Today's New York Times has a story about how residents in Rangel's district want to give him another go, despite his ethics troubles. And in an interview with the New York Daily News published yesterday, Rangel said, "I get a sense the people really don't think I've been treated fairly."
Now that's rich.
| June 7, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
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