Rangel on House Floor: I'm Not Quitting

Embattled congressman urges colleagues to schedule ethics hearing
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2010 1:00 PM CDT
Rangel on House Floor: I'm Not Quitting
Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y. waits for an elevator on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Charles Rangel has no plans to resign, wants a chance to address the ethics charges against him, and would rather be expelled than linger in limbo. In a rambling but impassioned half-hour speech on the House floor this afternoon, the New York Democrat said, "If I can't take my dignity back here, then fire your best shot at getting rid of me through expulsion," reports Politico.

"It may be stupid, it may be negligent, but it's not corrupt," Rangel said of his behavior. Hundreds of congresspeople, called back to Washington during the recess to vote on a state aid bill, filled the chamber and interrupted only once, the Hill reports. "I'm prepared to say, I apologize for any embarrassment that I have caused." Rangel also alluded to his age, the Atlantic notes, saying, "I'm 80 years old, I don't want to die before the hearing."
(Read more Charles Rangel stories.)

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