Combative Rangel Tells House He Will Not Resign


Combative Rangel tells House he will not resign During a 37-minute unscripted speech, a defiant Representative Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) told his colleagues that he would not resign and demanded that the House ethics committee resolve his case before the November elections.

While Rangel apologized to his fellow members of the House for any embarrassment that he may be causing them at such an inopportune time, he also said combatively that the only way he will leave Congress is through expulsion.

"If it is the judgment of people here, for whatever reason, that I resign, then heck, have the ethics committee expedite this," Rangel told his colleagues on the House floor. "Don’t leave me swinging in the wind until November."

"If I can’t get my dignity back here, then fire your best shot in getting rid of me through expulsion," he added.

Although Rangel did admit to making honest mistakes that were filled with "good intentions," he again denied allegations of corruption.

The 40-year veteran of Congress ended his emotional and somewhat unfocused speech by denying rumors that President Obama is pushing for his resignation, Reuters reports.

Earlier in the week, Obama referred to Rangel’s case as "very troubling," and added that he hopes the New York Democrat will end his career "with dignity."

Personal Liberty

Special To Personal Liberty

You Sound Off! is written by our readers and appears the last Wednesday of each month. If you would like to submit an article or letter to the editor for consideration for You Sound Off!, send it to by the Friday before the last Wednesday of the month. To be considered, a submission should be 750 words or less and must include the writer's name, address and a telephone number. Only the writer's name will be published. Anonymous submissions will not be considered.

Join the Discussion

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.