WH won't commit to supporting Charlie Rangel

Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

President Obama's spokesman wouldn't say if the president plans to support Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., despite Obama's praise for the Harlem lawmaker at a recent fundraiser.

"I'll have to get back to you on that," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters today when asked if Obama would support Rangel.

Rangel, a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, was censured in a borad bipartisan vote by the House of Representatives in 2010 for ethical violations.

Obama showered praise on Rangel earlier this year, though. "I also want to acknowledge a couple of outstanding members of Congress with us here today -- Congressman Charlie Rangel and Congressman Jerry Nadler are in the house," he said at a fundraiser at the Apollo Theater in New York City.

Rangel is distributing campaign fliers featuring a picture of himself with the president, but doesn't know if Obama will actually support him. "That's a good question," he said last week.


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