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During Presser Rangel Admonishes Media to "Wait Until Thursday"
U.S. Representative Charlie Rangel sparred with an MSNBC reporter (the late Tim Russert's son, Luke) over being investigated for possible ethics violations.
Rangel, who (among other items) reportedly did not disclose income on rental property he owns in the Caribbean, called Russert's questions - "dumb" when asked if he thinks he will lose his job over the violations. He has since apologized.
Speaking on the Joe Madison Show earlier today, Rangel said "there's no better preparations than the truth" when asked how he will prepare for the upcoming investigation.
"Fortunately in this country, and in the Ethics Committee, whatever they have to say they have to prove. I look forward to the evidence being exposed before my primary election and before the November election", Rangel went on to say.
He also said "the truth is on my side."
In other Rangel news, the Democratic who serves New York's 15th District, joins a group of leaders hoping to have the 2011 All-Star Game to be moved out of Phoenix, Arizona.
The request comes at a time when Arizona has implemented a controversial SB1070 immigration law, allowing local law enforcement to identify, prosecute and deport undocumented immigrants.
Rangel, who stepped down earlier this year as Ways and Means Chair, held a press conference today in response to yesterday's language with Luke [Russert] where he admonished the media to "wait until Thursday", the day the Ethics Committee is expected to reveal its findings.
Rangel looks good for 80. Doesn't he?
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