Rangel Asks Supporters: ‘Can You Make a Call for Me?’; G.O.P Seen as Key

Charlie Rangel has sent out an email to his list urging supporters to call their member of Congress and ask

Charlie Rangel has sent out an email to his list urging supporters to call their member of Congress and ask them to vote against the censure resolution.

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Writes Rangel: 

At some point today or tomorrow, the House of Representatives, a body which I honor and love dearly, will vote on what level of sanction to administer for my errors.  I am truly sorry for mistakes and would like your help in seeing that I am treated fairly.

Please call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 to urge your Member of Congress to speak against the sanction resolution and encourage them to vote against the censure on the House floor.

He goes to again mention his time in Korea–a bit of biography that Rangel has brought up repeatedly in recent days–and says “I have spent my entire life standing up for those in need and now I am asking that you please stand with me in this hour of need.”

According to sources on Capitol Hill, the fate of a Rangel censure lies largely in Republican hands at this point. Despite the events of the last couple of years, there remains much goodwill directed towards one of the House’s most recognizable figures. According to one source, even Republicans on the House Ways and Means committee have felt better treated under Rangel’s leadership than they did under the leadership of his Republican predecessor.

Rangel’s supporters hope that they can convince some GOPers close to him, like New York’s Peter King, to convince their fellow Republicans to go easy on the longtime lawmaker.

“The basic idea is to say, ‘Look, the election is over, you guys won, let’s let this thing go,'” said one Hill staffer. “People are aware that he is probably pretty close to retirement.” 

 

 

Rangel Asks Supporters: ‘Can You Make a Call for Me?’; G.O.P Seen as Key