Rangel Apologizes

In case there was any question about his contrition, Congressman Charles Rangel just emailed a statement titled ‘Rangel Apologizes.’

The short statement hammers the same point Rangel has been trying to make all along–that his actions were sloppy, not corrupt–but it also emphasizes that he is sorry.

“This has been one of the most difficult days of my life,” he wrote. “All of this has been brought upon me as a result of my own actions. In the end, I hope that you would judge me on my entire record as a soldier and a dedicated public servant — not by my mistakes.

“To my beloved Colleagues, my constituents and the American people, I am sorry.”

Here’s the statement, in full:

RANGEL APOLOGIZES

Today I stood before the Ethics Committee to apologize for the embarrassment I have brought upon this body that I love dearly, and to the Members of Congress, and to my family and constituents.

There has never been any corruption or personal gain in my actions as the Committee’s chief counsel noted. Neither has there been any intent on my part to violate the House rules. My actions may have been sloppy, or even stupid, but never corrupt.

There is no excuse for my acts of omission and failures to abide by the rules of Congress. I have made many mistakes that I will forever regret, and I apologize for them.

This has been one of the most difficult days of my life. All of this has been brought upon me as a result of my own actions. In the end, I hope that you would judge me on my entire record as a soldier and a dedicated public servant — not by my mistakes.

To my beloved Colleagues, my constituents and the American people, I am sorry.

 

 

Rangel Apologizes