WASHINGTON, D.C. (PIX11) — As they were voting inside the Capitol on Tuesday, there was also much discussion about a key vote taking place 236 miles away from it: Congressman Charles Rangel’s last fight.
In offices throughout the halls of Congress, there was much activity with the exception of office 354 in the Rayburn Building. This is Charlie Rangel’s office away from Harlem. While it is still undetermined whether not whether or not this will be his office 24 hours from now.
On Tuesday, some of his colleagues took time out of what was a busy day in Washington D.C. to discuss Rangel’s legacy. “Well Charlie Rangel is a legendary member of Congress who has done so much for the district that he has represented for more than 40 years, as well as the entire city of New York and the nation,” said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York’s 8th District.
Jerrold Nadler of New York’s 10th District said, “Charlie Rangel was a progressive leader of enormous capability and productivity. Almost every low income housing unit built in this country in the last 30 years for example is because of his low-income tax credit.”
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy of New York’s 4th District added, “I’ve worked with Charles Rangel for 18 years now. He certainly has always been a friend to me in helping get projects for home. But, better than that, he has always looked at the people, middle-income people.”
Meanwhile, we did track down Republican Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart out of South Florida who didn’t mind sharing with PIX11 News his perspective on Congressman Rangel. “Love him or hate him, I think most people know, have known about Charlie Rangel for a long, long time, precisely because he’s been very controversial.”