September 14th, 2010
11:40 PM ET
4 years ago

Rangel fends off five primary opponents

 New York Rep. Charlie Rangel secured the Democratic Party’s nomination on Tuesday night.
New York Rep. Charlie Rangel secured the Democratic Party’s nomination on Tuesday night.

New York (CNN) - He's served in Congress for almost 40 years, but Tuesday's primary in New York was unlike any other for Democratic Congressman Charles Rangel.

The 80-year-old Rangel, facing five challengers and 13 ethics allegations in the House, came out on top in the Democratic primary for New York's 15th district, CNN has projected.

On the eve of the primary, robocalls using former President Bill Clinton's voice went out telling voters: "We need Charlie to go back to Washington, to work with President Obama to say, 'Yes.' "

Despite the ethics allegations, support still poured in for Rangel because "he's been a great congressman for Harlem," said Democratic strategist and CNN contributor Paul Begala.

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  1. Gary's Thoughts

    this makes me sick...he is a criminal who should be in jail. this is a crazy situation, why isn't he in jail...why is pelosi protecting this criminal?

    September 14, 2010 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  2. Ready for 2012

    This is rediculous. The man is 80 years old. Why won't he retire? Doesn't he have enough money to live on for the rest of his life?

    TERM LIMITS!!!

    September 14, 2010 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  3. Kimberly

    "Rangel, facing five challengers and 13 ethics allegations in the House, came out on top in the Democratic primary for New York's 15th district, CNN has projected."

    Way to go New York..keepin' on with the status quo. Might want to look up the definition of insanity.

    September 15, 2010 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  4. Hypocrisy In Action

    Guess democrats have a different view of liars and lawbreakers than normal people. One promoting another one.

    September 15, 2010 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  5. Richard

    Charlie has brought home 'the bacon' to Harlem's citizens, in the form of entitlements, all paid for with OUR tax dollars. The guys has his votes bought and paid for. Do you really expect Harlem to vote against the guy who gets them the freebies? This is the beauty of the Dems in action: get constituents addicted to entitlements, and they will vote you in perpetually, regardless of whether or not you are a scum bag and a crook. In addition, people like Charlie are good at convincing the (stupid) people of Harlem that 'the man' is trying to oust their 'brother Charlie', and that the entire ethics thing is 'racially motivated'. What a piece of human excrement...

    September 15, 2010 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  6. lady c

    horray for mr. Rangel may god keep his loving arms around you all the way.

    September 15, 2010 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  7. Renea

    Mr. Charlie Rangel just be honest and keep fighting for what you beleive in.

    September 15, 2010 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  8. pamleann

    Wouldn't expect anything else out of NY

    September 15, 2010 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  9. oldtimer

    Knowing that he is corrupt and under indictment, the voters still voted for this man. These people are as corrupt as he is.

    September 15, 2010 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  10. Eric

    Good, I'm glad he is still around... he'll be a nice poster boy of the Democrat Culture of Corruption to kick around this fall!

    Good job, Dems! You help elect more conservatives than even our best fundraising days!

    September 15, 2010 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  11. Marry

    Charles Rangel did serve his people well for a long time and knowing the “Washington Game” can be used to work for his constituents. However, there is also a time to retire and to lay the responsibilities into new and younger hands. The same could be said about a few more. Like John McCain. Except that he did not work for the people in the last 10 years or so…

    September 15, 2010 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  12. Donkey Party

    He may have helped himself a little over the years, but he's helped the people in his district and state a lot. That's more that can be said about any or all of the corrupt, America-hating, greedy, fear and hate-mongering racist Republicans.

    September 15, 2010 05:42 am at 5:42 am |
  13. dan smith

    Isn't he in prison yet?

    September 15, 2010 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  14. barry

    The guy is a crook and should be in jail not praised by his party leaders. What a load of crap. It makes me no difference the party corruption should be dealt with swiftly and harshly. This kind of crap feeds anti-incumbent actions. The President should call Rangel out.

    September 15, 2010 07:25 am at 7:25 am |