This is truly a sad day for America. I have always had a lot of respect for Charlie Rangel. This is truly an American tragedy! I remember Rep. Rangel telling the story of how he endured three nights in sub zero cold in Korea during the Korean war and helping save three of his fellow soldiers during a difficult mission. He earned a purple heart and bronze star for his sacrifice and bravery. He stated that after having survived that he has never had a bad day. I’m sure he’s having to reevaluate that feeling.
Rep. Charlie Rangel succeeded Adam Clayton Powell Jr. who was the Harlem king maker back in the day. He too left his office amid controversy. Between the two of them they ruled the famed New York district that includes Harlem for nearly 65 years.
Ironically, Mr. Rangel ran on the promise of change to clean up the corruption that was alleged under Adam Clayton Powell Jr’s reign in the Harlem based district. As one of Harlem’s “Gang of Four”, he also became a leader in New York City and State politics. He played a significant role in the creation of the 1995 Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and the national Empowerment Zone Act, which helped change the economic face of Harlem and other inner-city areas.
Mr. Rangel has done much for the district he represents and this country. It’s very sad to see him have to go out this way after all the good he has done. I would venture to say that at this age his political life is pretty much over, Given the vote of censure by the house of representatives. Hopefully, there may be some way Mr. Rangel can redeem himself.