Rangel makes surprise appearance at Perry's N.Y. event
September 19th, 2011
08:23 PM ET
11 years ago

Rangel makes surprise appearance at Perry's N.Y. event

Washington (CNN) - Gov. Rick Perry’s meeting Monday in New York with Hispanic business leaders had an unexpected guest in attendance: Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel, who represents the district where the meeting took place.

Rangel said he was simply doing the neighborly thing by welcoming the Republican presidential candidate to his locality. But a statement released by Rangel on Monday night did away with bipartisan pleasantries after the first sentence.

"As a courtesy, I stopped by Inwood to welcome Governor Rick Perry to the most beautiful congressional district in our nation,” Rangel said. “However, the Governor's visit ironically came on the very same day that my constituents heard President Obama's speech earlier today on getting America back to work. The President has made it clear that he would veto any bill that would change benefits for those who rely on Medicare but does not raise serious revenues by asking millionaires and billionaires or biggest corporations to pay their fair share.”

Rangel went on to slam the Texas governor for his record on the death penalty and for recent remarks Perry made on Social Security.

“It is frightening that Governor Perry has shown no compunction in executing his constituents or calling Social Security a Ponzi scheme,” Rangel said. “The Governor could come back to our District anytime he wants, because his visit only reinforces the need for us to rally around the President's plan to reduce the deficit in a fiscally responsible way and get Americans working again."

The meeting, in upper Manhattan, took place at Papasito Mexican Grill and Agave Bar. Perry was invited to speak by a stockbroker who owns taxi companies and a construction company.

After the event, Rangel spoke to reporters, who asked the congressman why he was at the event.

"I'm here for the same reason that you're here, to find out why he's here," said Rangel as he arrived at Papasito.

When asked on his way out if the event was a fund-raiser, Rangel said only, "I don't how he's going to conclude, but I got out before he asked for money."

–CNNMoney's Aaron Smith contributed to this report.

Filed under: Charlie Rangel • Rick Perry
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Maggie53

    Because Mr. Rangel, Perry is not like you. He pays his taxes unlike you. You should be the last person to criticize anyone because of your deceitful disposition. I think its time that you retire and let some honest candidate replace you.

    September 19, 2011 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  2. Renee

    Go,go,Rangel and Obama all the Way.

    September 19, 2011 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  3. sara

    NEW YORKERS Won't be able to work for minimum wage......the cost of living is too high, James Richard Perry

    September 19, 2011 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  4. Bill

    Rick Perry isn’t my first choice but if a scumbag like Charles Rangel is against him then I must be for him.

    September 19, 2011 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It looks like another republican candidate bites the dust, and another one is gone. Happiness is this Texan in the rear view mirror.

    September 19, 2011 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  6. Little Jimmy Truth

    Why Rangel was here at Perry's event?

    And how much Rangel needed or borrowed?

    September 19, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I wonder what the governor thinks of Rangel? I have a feeling that he doesn't hold him in high regard. Perry doesn't really stand a chance of winning the state or even Rangel's district. I have to say that I think Perry is just looking out for those that are really wealthy. I have yet to see anyone show me that these really weathy people are job creators.

    September 19, 2011 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  8. Aaron

    Neat, rarely used trick. Meeting the enemy face-to-face.

    September 19, 2011 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  9. colleen b.

    rangell could use bush quote to mock perry, "gotcha hee hee hee hee."

    September 20, 2011 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  10. kat

    Who cares. He needs to be in jail anyway, not living off our tax dollars.

    September 20, 2011 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  11. Lobo74

    I wonder if Rangel paid his check before he ran out the door?

    September 20, 2011 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  12. Marry

    Bravo, Rep. Charles Rangel! I so wish a lot more DEMOCRATS had a bit more backbone! Disgusting how the GOP/TP is running around foaming at the mouth spreading their unsubstantiated claims. It is absolutely unbelievable why this does not get the Dems OF THEIR B U T T S to stand by the President and the goals to work FOR the people. An election has to be won by working for the support of the people – not given away to liars that will ravage the country.

    September 20, 2011 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  13. J R Brown

    Rangel is the definition of a "crooked politician". That he keeps getting elected to be a representative is telling regarding the moral constituency of the people in 'his district".

    September 20, 2011 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  14. FedUp

    Who cares what Rangel thinks? He is a true politician. Ranks right down there in honesty just below used car salesmen, I don't listen to a thing any of them say.

    September 20, 2011 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  15. Tom Mix

    and who says charlie ain't got class?

    September 20, 2011 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  16. Jeff from Va

    "Fair Share", i get so tired of hearing that, the only solution is a flat tax. We have to "TAX EVERYONE", that is when we all will be paying our "Fair Share". Rangel is a good one to talk about someone paying taxes!!!!!

    September 20, 2011 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  17. Indy

    Wow two politicians that have screwed the government and have always had their hands out for government monies ! This is a very good political move for Rangel as he should be looking at the competition. Perry has become very rich from back door government deals, and has used government stimulis to re build his home and balance his budget so these two have a lot in common.These are two people that can make one sick, no matter what side you support.

    September 20, 2011 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  18. Indy

    Two of kind, both have lived off the Government and have become very wealthy with a payscale that would not make a normal person rich. These two are a good example of people that have gotten rich off of the taxpayers backs, and are probably leaders in back door deals. The slime of slime is Perry and Rangel so it is fitting that Rangel wanted to size up the competition.

    September 20, 2011 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  19. Tim M.

    Charlie definitely knows everything about the right way to do things....NOT.

    September 20, 2011 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  20. Tom from Canonsburg

    Yes, Charlie is guilty of many things. BUT you should not turn a blind eye to the GOP. There is an old saying, "where there is smoke there is fire". Perry is not just an inocent player. He is as guilty as his pedesessor in croneyism. Pay attention people

    September 20, 2011 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  21. Ivywoods

    Charlie has far more class than this Texas fraud...both of these men need to sit down...if Perry, with all of his corruption in Texas, can run for President, then why can't Charlie, who is also a crook, stay in Congress...isn't this the American way???

    September 20, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  22. enough of lies

    to bad you wernt convicted and set to jail. any other man doing the same thing would be in jail and thats where crroks like you need to go, maybe jauil in the dominica republic is a good place for this crook.

    September 20, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |