July 28th, 2010
10:40 AM ET
11 years ago

Rangel throwing birthday gala

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/28/art.rangelbirthdayvid.rangel.jpg caption =" Rep. Charlie Rangel is having a birthday party in New York City next month."](CNN) - New York Rep. Charlie Rangel is embroiled in an ethics investigation that has already claimed his position as the chairman of a powerful House committee, but the 20-term congressman still wants to be re-elected.

The proof is in an invitation to a "birthday gala" being held at The Plaza Hotel in New York City that was sent to supporters Tuesday by Rangel's re-election campaign.

Former President Bill Clinton delivered his birthday wishes at the beginning of a video montage that accompanied the invitation. The video also touted a performance by The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

A minimum campaign contribution of $200 is required to attend the party as a "special guest," but the best seats will presumably be reserved for "Sponsors" who donate $2,500.

Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Rangel
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Fair is Fair

    Mmmmmmmm.... prison food.... YUM YUM!

    July 28, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. snow

    Maybe this tax cheat should have paid for it himself with the monies he never paid to the treasury for due taxes. Here he is as chairman of the tax writing committee who cheats on his taxes. He fits in with the nobummer administration who have a ton of people who cheat on their taxes. Typical demorat, tax everyone but do not tax me and my millionaire friends.

    July 28, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. malabar

    Dang, this dude is so deep in it he cant see or doesnt care that all this may harm dems. every1 is entitled to their bday parties, i'm just saying he makes it 2 obvious what his priority is. he cudve at least b.s.'d and stated that sum cash, however trivial the amount, wud go 2 a charity or sumthng. TERM LIMITS

    July 28, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. Willy Brown

    some of Charlie's favorites songs playing will be:

    Jail House Rock

    30 Days in The Hole

    Tonight's there gonna be a Jail Break

    Bad Boys

    Starkville City Jail.

    July 28, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  5. conservative liberal

    W0W the cajones on this guy! Its Dems like him is why the GOP will be taking more seats this Nov. Dems had the momentum but excessive terms in office turns you crooked thats why I support new blood on both sides of the aisle.

    July 28, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. Cosmo

    Your government at work. Doesn't it make you feel good to see a virtuous civil servant get rewarded for his selfless hard work?

    July 28, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  7. Naqib

    Time to grab all the last minute cash you can...
    Come here the theif speak... only 2.5K a seat...
    Par for the course for that party

    July 28, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. Would Tim Mcveigh be a Tea Party hero today?

    Happy birthday.Lets all feel sorry for Rush and his dittoheads,they must have been hatched on an egg farm.hahaha

    July 28, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  9. False conspiracy fears are GOP Taliban tactics

    This guy, along with Bush, Cheney, Ensign, Vitter, and DeLay, needs to be in jail.

    July 28, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. False conspiracy fears are GOP Taliban tactics

    The republican song for this year's election should be, "Taking care of Business." It might go:
    Taking care of big oil, every day, taking care of Wall Street, every way, Taking care of big banks. its so fine, taking bribes from businesses, and working overtime.

    July 28, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. ED FL

    Lets hope it is HIS FAREWELL PARTY also.

    July 28, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. Rangeling with your future

    Hey Chuck, happy birthday.

    Now give us all a gift and leave office. Oh, and pay all of your back taxes....

    July 28, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. Steve (the real one)

    We would be better served if this were a resignation party instead

    July 28, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. Ron in california

    Rangel needs to fess up and resign. He is another crook that got caught. There are many in Congress who are unethical and enriching themselves. What goes around comes around. It is laughable how the rest of Congress is "neutral" on rangel. If it were a Republican the Democrat Mobs would be howling.

    July 28, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. Mickey, NY

    Too bad he won't be celebrating his birthday from a jail cell...this man is a crook.

    July 28, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |