Rep. Charlie Rangel Announces He’ll Run Again

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Harlem congressman Charlie Rangel says he’ll run for a 22nd term despite his conviction on House ethics charges.

In a statement released Tuesday night, the 81-year-old Rangel made it official, putting to rest rumors that he would step aside. He’s been a political mainstay in Harlem since 1971.

At the end of 2010, Rangel, a Democrat, 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 last year; that’s the most serious congressional penalty short of expulsion.

Should Rangel run again or step aside?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below…

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  • Myrtle Greycooch

    I enjoy his relaxed-hair lifestyle.

  • dakotahgeo

    RUN, Rangel, RUN!! All the best to you!!!

  • Bob

    The really sad part is that this crook will be re-elected.

  • truth

    my god,step down and give someone else a chance to steal

  • Greg Swofford

    What he hell, there are no more ethics left in this country. We are fast
    becoming Godless. Young people want the government to pay for their
    sex. 50% pay no Federal Income taxes. The have nots outvote the
    haves so we are fast heading towards Communism! We don’t even
    protect our borders, so we are fast becoming a Nuevo Americana
    Nation! Glad I won’t be around to see all of this come to pass. Go
    Rangle, you represent all that is good and all that is bad about America!
    Trouble is, the good left your horizon longgggg ago!

    • Michael H.

      Why didn’t you just pst the word “hyperbole” and be done with it??

  • Robert

    Power is like a drug…if he had one ounce of deciency he’d enjoy the twilight years on a beach somewhere…but he needs his power fix.

  • Mariano Rodriguez

    He should step aside

    • Peter

      he should !!!!

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