Charles Rangel Apologizes to Supporters for Ethics Violations

By Ben Fractenberg on November 23, 2010 10:36am 

Representative Charles Rangel apologized to supporters after a House panel recommended he be censured.
Representative Charles Rangel apologized to supporters after a House panel recommended he be censured.
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By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

HARLEM — Disgraced Harlem politician Charles Rangel offered an apology to his supporters Monday, the Daily News reported.

"I apologize for the embarrassment I have brought upon you," Rangel reportedly said in an e-mail to supporters. 

"Thursday was one of the most difficult days of my life since I was left for dead in North Korea, 60 years ago," he wrote.

The message came after a Congressional panel last Thursday found he violated 11 House rules.

The panel recommended censure for Rangel and that he pay restitution for unpaid taxes.

The 21-term Congressman was accused of violations including improper fundraising, failing to report personal income from a villa in the Dominican Republic and improperly owning four rent-controlled apartments in Harlem.

Rangel held back tears during the hearing when he addressed the panel.

"I apologize for any embarrassment I have caused you individually or collectively as a member of the greatest body in the world," Rangel said.

The House will vote after Thanksgiving whether they will officially censure Rangel, which would mean he would have to apologize on the floor of the House.

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