July 30th, 2010
08:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Old friends sticking by Rangel

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Washington (CNN) - Democratic Members of the New York Congressional delegation expressed support Friday for their colleague Rep. Charles Rangel, despite the charges leveled against him by the House ethics committee.

At a regular meeting of the New York delegation, which Rangel did not attend, the congressman was the first topic of discussion.

Representatives came "to discuss the situation with their embattled colleague," said one Congressional staff aide who was at the meeting.

"I think the New York delegation feels very strongly, very supportive of Charlie Rangel," said Rep. Edolphus Towns, a fellow New Yorker who has served with Rangel for almost three decades. "He's done so much for New York City, New York State and the nation."

Rep. Gary Ackerman, who organized and ran the meeting, said "I thought Charlie should be on the agenda. And with Charlie on the agenda, Charlie thought he shouldn't be at the meeting in case someone wanted to say something that they wanted to openly express. So Charlie wasn't at the meeting."

According to two Congressional staff aides who attended the meeting and asked not to be identified, Rep. John Hall praised the long-serving Congressman for a lifetime of service.

But Hall was also cautious about publicly expressing his support for Rangel, saying he prefers not to speak to the media about the situation until the ethics process concluded.

"Lots of people don't feel comfortable talking about other people's problems," said one aide.

Hall declined requests to be interviewed for this story.

Ackerman chalks up his ardent defense of Rangel to the many years they have served together in Congress.

"Those of us who are closer to him than most...known him for a longer period of time, are enthusiastically supportive of him," said Ackerman. "There are sometimes members with less seniority that get a little bit nervous because they are less personally secure."

Rangel's staunchest supporters said they would remain by his side if an ethics trial gets underway in the coming weeks.

"He's our leader. There's no doubt about it," said Towns.

"When you look at Charlie Rangel you hear Frank Sinatra singing "New York, New York," said Ackerman. "He is Mister New York."

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. goofus

    Birds of a feather all stick together!

    July 30, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  2. JES

    All crooks support there fellow crooks.

    He is a cheat and lier and doesn't have snese to resign.

    What a joke every damn one of you are.

    I hope the voters wake up and clean house in November.

    July 30, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  3. Joey

    Just another example of a Democrat tax cheat! Clean house in November!

    July 30, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  4. Hammerer

    Aren't you proud of our government?
    Where does any politican have the right to accuse any foreign government of being corrupt? This bunch can match or beat any government anywhere for being corrupt.
    What a shame!

    July 30, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  5. Is Timothy McVeigh would have been a teabag leader today

    Poor Charley,he should have hired republicans to hide his dirty deeds,they are pros at it.hahaha

    July 30, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  6. Sunshine

    Charlie Rangel knew he was breaking the law by not showing income and paying taxes. It makes no difference what good he may have done, he is a criminal and should be put in jail. No reprimand for Rangel, but prosecution. I am sick and tired of this Government thinking they are above the law. He is a liar, a cheater, and a crook. Any Government personnel supporting Rangel is a criminal.

    July 30, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  7. ed fl

    Charlie has been in ofice long enough to have something questionable on everybody in Washington D C .Nobody dares to say anything contrary about him.

    July 30, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  8. thor

    birds of a feather flock together except those stained with oil !!

    July 30, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  9. southern cousin

    Don't lose track of the fact that he has done very well for himself with 40 years worth of Congressional pay and perks. Think about that, he has been on the government doll for 40 years, and has enriched himself considerably.

    July 30, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  10. George of the jungle

    glad to see them sticking togeather. Even if he is wrong tired of seeing friends throwing each other under the bus like the repos have been doing. And a repromend is not so bad. No hookers no diapers. No trip to Argentina , No sex clubs or drugs. So he who is with out sin cast the first stone. That leaves out the republican party and the tea baggers too.

    July 30, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  11. ib

    and the demos cover their own. If he was a conservative or republican he would have been kicked out a long time ago and boy what the demos would be saying about him.

    July 30, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  12. arch

    This guy is so dirty! It would be easier to clean up the oil than to try and clean this guy! I wonder if he has ever told a truth while in office. He still will not admit that he did wrong! He will get off however, and just walk away with a very large pension check! We always talk about how bad certain groups like the Unions,Mob,Gangs,etc. We tend to miss one of the largest groups of cheaters,liars,criminals,etc. That is the Congress from both the house and senate. It is amazing that someone like rangel can do what he did and yet he will not do any time or pay anything. They will or probably already have offered him to retire with full benefits. They are all a bunch of crooks and that includes those dumb arse bozos in the White House. In that house we have every type of a crook plus more. Probably one of the biggest things besides being liars is they are racists! I saw yesterday in the House where this bozo from New York got up and was yelling and screaming about how the repubs were a bunch of idiots,(he said that, but in nicer words because you can't say what is truly on your mind when you serve the people!) and should be ashamed of themselves for defeating this bill for health matters for 9/11 people. The repubs wanted to revamp it some from what I understand, but the dems blocked it because they didn't want any changes. So, instead of trying to compromise they basically cut their nose off to spite themselves! Real smart. If the repubs had a bill they wanted passed and the dems didn't like it they would shut it down and this guy would probably be there laughing. I have seen him before and he is a self-centered egotistical arse! He tries to push the fact that he is Jewish and somehow we are all supposed to stop and bow to him! Go such eggs you piece of dung! These people in congress are supposed to be representing us the people of America! Whatever happened to that idea! These people of the whole are just the same as everybody else. They are the smartest in the world. They do have some of the dumbest in the world, but that is alright. They are supposed to do what the people who elected them want them to do. Why do they think they don't have to do that and can just do what they want. It is the power trip! If they every stopped and thought about how stupid and idiotic most of them look when they blow up or want to block a vote to make their members look they might wonder how they got in office in the first place. If these fools would work together they might be able to help solve some of the problems we have and actually help people out. Can't do that because then they might not get those bonuses from those lobby types! They are suck. We need big time change and we need to start at the top with the worse of the lot...obama.

    July 30, 2010 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  13. Get A Grip

    Wonder if the "old friends" are sticking by Charlie Rangel because Old Charlie has some skeletons in the closet regarding his "old friends".

    July 30, 2010 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  14. Who's Sane? Obama?

    Even though I do believe that they are in fact all sticky, I'm sure that this is just George Bush's fault.

    July 30, 2010 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  15. cocitizen

    If Congressman Rangel cared at all about the Democratic Party, he would resign his seat.

    July 30, 2010 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  16. paul

    is anyone surprised that these poor excuses for representatives would stick by this arrogant crook?? ITS A CLUB folks, that we can't fix, absent a revolt.....

    July 30, 2010 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  17. sister of a soldier

    I am troubled by the democrats definiton of "law". You enter this country illegally but have rights and are just "undocumented". You have Rangel's allegations and his fellow democrats rally around. You had bill Clinton lie under oath and gee, that was ok. You spend what we don't have, don't understand that those who are paying are the very people who support the economy and create jobs. What are your values? I was raised that the law is black and white and that I buy only what I can afford. I am not entitled to what others have unless I work for it. Live within a budget. Are these values so out of touch? Keep supporting corrupt politicians like Rangel and it is easy to see why this country is in deep trouble.

    July 30, 2010 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |