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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.

By Jonathan Capehart  | June 7, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
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Definition Main Entry: Charlie Rangel
Function: noun
Etymology: Harlem Charles Bernard Rangel, Middle English crok, from Old Norse krōkr hook
Date: 21st century

1 : a person who engages in fraudulent or criminal practices

Posted by: RedGreenBlue | June 7, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

As long as he spreads enough of his ill gained weatlh around he will continue to get re-elected. His representation says little for his constituents, at least the ones' that continue to fund him.

Posted by: staterighter | June 7, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

As long as he spreads enough of his ill gained weatlh around he will continue to get re-elected. His representation says little for his constituents, at least the ones' that continue to fund him.

Posted by: staterighter | June 7, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

GET THIS STEAMING PILE OUT OF OFFICE PEOPLE !!!

Posted by: yourmomscalling | June 7, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

That dude is totally corrupt and has a 100% chance of being re-elected. We're talking about Harlem here. To those people everything including Rangel's corruption is white people's fault.

Posted by: peterg73 | June 7, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

DC has had the same issue with Marion Berry...corrupted politician...corrupted electorate.

Posted by: DQuixote1 | June 7, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

DC has had the same issue with Marion Berry...corrupted politician...corrupted electorate.

Posted by: DQuixote1 | June 7, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Just goes to show that if you are black politician and a democrat you can commit a crime and be excused for it because it would be racist to try and prosecute you. Look how long Jefferson stayed in and how they protected him.

Posted by: Pilot1 | June 7, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Capeheart, what do you think? Should he run? Should he be elected? Seems that incumbents in Harlem run under different rules from those in other parts of the country. Why is that?

Could you please explain to the rest of us unwashed why this is?

Posted by: wjc1va | June 7, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Charlie Rangel is proof that the system is broken. He is also proof of how incumbents treat their offices and the average voter. The time has come for him to go. I hope the voters in his district simply vote for someone else. Enough said.

Posted by: jeffreed | June 7, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Capeheart, why don't you throw your hat in the ring and run for his seat. You're well qualified by having been a NY'er who has involved in politics and policy.

Posted by: MerrillFrank | June 7, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I like Charlie. It would be nice to have him represent me in Congress. I would vote for him.

In a New York minute.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | June 7, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

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