Wrangling up a victory
With elections for seats in the United States House of Representatives coming up just a few months from now, senior Staff Writers Jillian Kumagai, Gina Lee, and Casey Tolan took on a series on Rep. Charlie Rangel’s race to win his title as the representative for New York’s 13th Congressional District.
The first part of the series ran in today’s paper, and tackled the transformations of both Rangel and New York during the past 41 years he has served as Congressman:
Over his 21 terms in office, Rangel has advocated a vast range of policies, among them cracking down on drug trafficking, promoting economic empowerment, and reinstating the military draft. His legislation created nine so-called “empowerment zones,” including the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation, a nonprofit organization that created jobs and assisted small businesses.
As the third-most-senior congressman, Rangel has been in a position that allows him to impact the district, the city, and even the entire country.
Why not chronicle Rangel’s history in a different way– maybe through his most quotable moments over the years?
1. His quick reaction to President Bush: “I really think that he shatters the myth of white supremacy once and for all; it shows that, in this great country, anybody can become president.”
2.”You can no longer raise money and support those people in Washington and say you’re not one of them. It’s like being half pregnant. Either you’re in or you’re out.
3. After being told some comments made by Mayor Bloomberg, “The mayor should really stop drinking.”
5. “I don’t know how to say no comment. It’s a difficult thing for me to turn away reporters who are doing their jobs.” Thank goodness. What would we talk about otherwise?
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