Ed Towns on Rangel Censure: ‘History Will Be Much Kinder’

The office of Ed Towns just emailed a statement from the Brooklyn congressman, criticizing yesterday’s censure of Charlie Rangel as “too harsh a penalty.”

“It seems 40 years of distinguished service to his country in Congress coupled with an exemplary military career was not enough for many of my colleagues to consider a reprimand, as opposed to censuring Charles Rangel,” Towns wrote. “I remain saddened by the fact that a man with such an outstanding record of service had to fall victim to a public tongue lashing for violations that he not only freely admitted to and made every effort to correct–but were not found to be criminal.”

The Congressional Black Caucus, of which Towns is a member, was reported to be whipping on Rangel’s behalf, in the hopes of getting the censure resolution amended to a reprimand. But, in spite of their efforts, the House voted overwhelmingly for Rangel’s censure.

Towns suggested “history will be much kinder.”

Here’s the full statement:

“It seems 40 years of distinguished service to his country in Congress coupled with an exemplary military career was not enough for many of my colleagues to consider a reprimand, as opposed to censuring Charles Rangel. I remain saddened by the fact that a man with such an outstanding record of service had to fall victim to a public tongue lashing for violations that he not only freely admitted to and made every effort to correct–but were not found to be criminal. Censure was too harsh of a penalty and that is why I was not in favor of it. To those ends I am convinced history will be much kinder to Congressman Charles Rangel for all he has done to make life better not only for his constituents in Harlem, but for all Americans.”

 

Ed Towns on Rangel Censure: ‘History Will Be Much Kinder’