NEW YORK (WPIX)—Congressman Charlie Rangel may be under a cloud of ethics scrutiny, but he's moving full speed ahead with his campaign for re-election.
The 80-year-old Democrat opened his East Harlem campaign office Wednesday evening. He had the support of volunteers and some other community leaders, who showed up to lend their support.
Rangel wants to run for a 20th term in office, and says he needs to get his campaign into "high gear" leading up to the September 14-th primary. Rangel has said that he doesn't think his challengers are qualified to represent the district.
His rivals include Adam Clayton Powell IV. In 1970, Rangel defeated his father, the legendary Rep. Adam Clayton Powell Jr.
Rangel faces 13 charges of ethics violations and a public trial.