The Rangel Rollout: Aide Says Charlie’s Return Planned For Tuesday

Charles Rangel (Photo: Getty)

According to one of his aides, Congressman Charlie Rangel will make his first public appearance in about two months on Tuesday. Mr. Rangel has been in and out of the hospital two times and out of the public eye since February 9 with what his aides and allies have described as a serious back injury. Mr. Rangel’s appearance will kick off a week of events for the congressman.

“We’re rolling all next week, it’s going to be a big week for us,” Socrates Solano told The Politicker.

Mr. Rangel’s return will start with an appearance at a Small Business Administration workshop on obtaining loans at his office in Harlem’s Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building. Immediately afterwards, Mr. Rangel will don a hooded sweatshirt for a press conference on the plaza in front of the office addressing the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

“He’s going to wear a big hoodie and he’s going to stand there and talk about the issue,” Mr. Solano said.

On Wednesday evening, Mr. Solano said Mr. Rangel will attend his Midtown fundraiser. The event is a cocktail reception featuring a $250 minimum ticket price and a signature drink–the “Charlie Caipi-Rangel.”

Thursday will find Mr. Rangel at City College for an employment workshop with representatives from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and Job Corps where people can find out about job opportunities with the federal government.

“The president opened up some new jobs, Mr. Solano said. “Charlie wanted to make sure they got filled by folks from his district.”

Mr. Rangel’s health woes have caused him to miss 103 votes in Congress and have kept him from the campaign trail as four challengers are taking aim at his seat. In spite of his absence from the public eye, Mr. Solano said Mr. Rangel managed to rack up endorsements from two more local Democratic slubs last night–the Barack Obama Democrats of East Harlem and the Martin Luther King Jr. Democratic Club. Mr. Rangel previously lined up the support of the Arturo Schomburg Democratic Club, the Broadway Democrats, El Nuevo El Caribe Democratic Club of East Harlem and the Three Parks Independent Democrats and  several area leaders. On Wednesday night, the Barack Obama Democratic Club of Upper Manhattan endorsed Mr. Rangel’s opponent in the race, State Senator Adriano Espaillat.