Charles Rangel Files Papers For 2012 Re-Election

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel plans to run for re-election in 2012 despite his November conviction on several House ethics charges.

The 21-term dean of the state’s delegation filed a statement of candidacy this week with the Federal Election Commission.

Spokesman Bob Liff said he did so to begin fundraising for the campaign.

Rangel was convicted of 11 ethics violations. They include failure to pay some taxes and using Congressional resources to raise money for an academic center bearing his name. He was censured by the House; that’s the most serious Congressional penalty short of expulsion.

Rangel cruised to re-election last year after winning a crowded Democratic primary in September.

Rangel, who’s 80, has spoken of his advanced age, leading some to believe he would not run again.

What do you think of Rangel’s re-election bid? Sound off in our comments section.

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  • moo shultzer

    only black people would vote for him..they don’t care whether you are corrupt or not as long as your are of same color . They voted him in office even with all the charges against him. He is running again because he knows in his district people are blind to his misdeeds.

  • B Man

    Why would anyone vote for him you wonder…um, you only have to look at his district for your answer. The scenario is not any different from the voters that re-elected Marion Barry. Same demographics. Enough said.

  • the bandid


  • Sarah

    People, look at who he represents! They WILL re-elect him!

  • unblevble

    This guy has got to be kidding. He proved to be a liar and a man who thinks he is above the law.Why would anyone vote for him?. He merits no respect or credibility. Let him run, he wont win. Sad, I can think of many other people and organizations that would benefit from the mega bucks he will raise to campaign, only to lose.Now, thats a waste of money.


    Good Luck….Charlie’s is one of the BEST….

  • Ifitlookslikeacrookitisacrook

    A Scam to obtain money to pay his lawyers. Anyone who contributes money to this creep needs serious therapy.

  • Kala

    Unethical crooks always have a home in the Democrat Party.

  • argyle

    I think he already knows he can’t win. This has to be some sort of scam for him to pilfer campaign donations.

  • Chollie Rangel

    Hey, you can all just kiss my @ss. My dumb-@ss constituents would vote me in if I was a convicted murderer. Resistance is futile.

  • RICK

    That aint nothing but ultra perm!

  • Rangel makes a fool of constituants once again

    To keep voting this crook in and expecting different results is insanity. Wake up NY…why do you think our state is in financial shambles? You get the government you deserve. Vote for this fool and you are culpable in the state’s mess.

  • E

    typical NY lifetime politician

  • martin r

    are you kidding me he should be in jail just for not paying taxes alone what makes people and him think hes above the law and even worse the people supporting this move believe me hes not goiing to do his job just line his pockets again with taxpayers money and go to DR to his bogus homes and drink and laugh at the ethics comittee WAKE UP PEOPLE GET RID OF HIM he dosent belong in politics anymore but a jail cell

  • PO'ed!

    This man is a liar, a thief, a crook. The kind of crooked politician that Richard Nixon would be proud of. Any idiot that votes for this @$$ should have a lobotomy. I would sooner vote for Charlie Manson !!!!!!!

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