(CNN) - Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-New York, said Friday that he is taking the congressional ethics investigation "one step at a time."
"I'll be glad to see what happens Thursday" when the House Ethics subcommittee responsible for conducting formal hearings has its first organizational meeting, he said. "This thing is coming to a head."
Rangel added, however, that "nobody in his right mind (would be) looking forward to something like this."
The congressman said he wants "people to know who Charlie Rangel was, is, and is proud to be" before his upcoming September 14 primary election.
People should know "how awkward it has been for me to constantly" tell them to wait until the ethics investigation is over before he can comment, Rangel said.
It is tough not to respond to the "mean" things said about me, Rangel said.
"I won't let you down," he promised his constituents.
Old Chuck is backing out of his minefield one step at a time.