Rangel stepping down from tax-writing chairmanship
WASHINGTON – Rep. Charles Rangel announced Wednesday he will temporarily step down as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, saying he didn't want his ethics controversy to jeopardize election prospects for fellow Democrats.
The 20-term Harlem congressman held a news conference on short notice, telling reporters, "My chairmanship is bringing so much attention to the press, and in order to avoid my colleagues having to defend me during their elections, I have this morning sent a letter" asking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "to grant me a leave of absence until such time as the ethics committee completes its work."
Make it permanent and I'll be happy.
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Rangel steps down as tax panel chairman
Embattled Democrat takes 'leave of absence' amid ongoing ethics probe