For nearly four decades, Congressman Charles Rangel has represented Harlem in the House of Representatives. And, it seems that his constituents are dedicated to their embroiled long-term representative. NY1’s Roger Clark filed the following report.
On 125th Street, there are still plenty of people rooting for their longtime representative in Congress.
"He is a good man, that's all I can say,” said one Harlem resident.
The support is not surprising, given that Rangel was easily re-elected to a 21st term earlier this month.
"He's done his job. He's done what everybody else has done; what's different?" asked another.
That was the prevalent attitude; everyone makes mistakes, and Rangel is not the only elected official who may have broken the rules.
"Investigate all of them. Before you do anything to him, check the rest of their backgrounds,” said a third Harlem resident. “If you find all of them are clean, do what you have to do."
"All politicians, they come in, they don't have a lot of money. They stay in politics and become rich,” said yet another.
But others here in the neighborhood were not as forgiving, even suggesting that if Rangel is found guilty of the charges against him, he should lose his seat.
"He should be like any of us regular people. You do something bad, you face the consequences,” said a local resident.
"I think he's done a lot, but maybe it's time for somebody new,” concurred another.
The majority of area residents, however, said that they did not believe punishment should be that severe.
"I think what he did what did was wrong, but I don't think he should be taken out,” said a Harlemite.
"Everybody else gets a slap on the wrist; what's different about him?” asked another. “Please explain that to me."
One woman who felt Rangel should lose his seat if found guilty also said she voted for him earlier this month. The reason: she said she is just used to him being here.