Washington (CNN) - In a highly unusual move, every Republican member of the House ethics committee issued a statement Tuesday blasting the Democratic chairwoman for "stalling" on making a decision on whether to hold trials for New York Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel and California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters before November's election.
"Members of the Committee have repeatedly expressed their willingness and desire to move forward with public trials of these matters and have repeatedly made themselves available to the Chairwoman for October settings. In past Congresses, Committee Members have returned to Washington during a recess in an effort to conclude pressing Ethics matters," said the statement, signed by ranking Republican Jo Bonner and the four other GOP lawmakers on the committee.
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.
Is Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel in for the fight of his life? It depends who you ask.
The 20-term New York incumbent, plagued by ethics charges, faces five challengers in the Democratic primary.
Redstate.com editor Erick Erickson told CNN that while the national media might paint the race as a tight one, the local press thinks Rangel is a safe bet.
"I've talked to a number of people who live in NY-15, his district, and no one there thinks he's going to be thrown out," he said. "Everyone it seems like in Washington and people I've talked to outside of his district think he's probably in for a fight for his life, but I know very few people who live in or around his district who think that."
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11:01 p.m. - It's been a long time since I parachuted in to watch an election night event at the headquarters of a famous politician under a cloud.
But it all came back to me in Harlem where New York Rep. Charlie Rangel was asking voters to send him on to compete for a 21st term in the Congress as a Democrat even though he was facing 13 ethics charges back in Washington.
A handful of big names in the Democratic establishment turned out including Gov. David Patterson and former NY mayor David Dinkins. What ethics charges? They talked about all Rangel has done for New York.
New York (CNN) - He's served in Congress for almost 40 years, but Tuesday's primary in New York will be unlike any other for Democratic Congressman Charles Rangel.
The 80-year-old Rangel is fighting five challengers and an ethics trial in the House later this month on 13 alleged violations.
In years past, his re-election has been a slam dunk. While he is expected to win again, Rangel's taking nothing for granted.
(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton has recorded an 11th hour robocall for 20-term New York Rep. Charlie Rangel, who is facing five Democratic challengers in a primary race Tuesday.
The last-minute robocall underscores the fact that Rangel is facing in the toughest bid for re-election in his 40-year political career.
On the one-minute call, which is going out Monday night to homes in Rangel's New York City district, Clinton touts Rangel's legislative achievements and the work he's done with the congressman.
"We worked together to create jobs, to turn a persistent deficit into a surplus, and he authored the historic Empowerment Zone legislation," Clinton says.
Listen to the robocall, after the jump:
(CNN) - New York Democrat Charlie Rangel, under fire for alleged financial wrongdoing and harming the credibility of Congress, defiantly declared Thursday that nothing "will stop me from clearing my name from these vile and vicious charges."
Among other things, Rangel has been accused of using his influence to solicit donations for a college policy center bearing his name from corporate heads and others with business before the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.
New York (CNN) - Embattled lawmaker Charlie Rangel, who is embroiled in an ethics investigation, celebrated his 80th birthday Wednesday with a lavish party at New York's Plaza Hotel.
"This sure ain't no funeral, is it?" Rangel boasted, as a parade of high-profile politicians turned up for the gala.
Among the attendees were New York City Mayor Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York Gov. David Paterson, and singers Harry Belafonte and Dionne Warwick.
Guests were treated to a performance by Warwick, who appropriately sang, "That's What Friends Are For."
New York (CNN) - Embattled lawmaker Charlie Rangel, who is embroiled in an ethics investigation, celebrates his 80th birthday Wednesday - but the event may lack much of its promised luster.
The "birthday gala" is being held at The Plaza Hotel in New York City, a day after the 20-term congressman apologized on the House floor for causing any embarrassment by violating chamber rules.
In a video montage accompanying an invitation sent out to supporters late last month, former President Bill Clinton delivered his birthday wishes.
Washington (CNN) - Veteran Rep. Charlie Rangel apologized on the House floor Tuesday for causing any embarrassment by violating chamber rules, but he insisted he is not corrupt and refused to resign.
In a sometimes rambling speech, the New York Democrat defiantly challenged the House ethics committee to move faster on holding a public hearing on the 13 counts of alleged violations against him.
He also challenged fellow House members of both parties to kick him out if they want to get rid of him.
"If it is the judgment of the people here that I should resign," then the ethics committee should expedite its consideration of the charges against him, Rangel said.