WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., says a Washington publication owes his son an apology.
The publication, Politico, ran a story last week in which it claimed Rangel's son, Steven Charles Rangel of Greenbelt, Md., received $79,560 from the congressman's campaign to design a campaign fundraising Web site, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
Charles Rangel, who is the subject of three House Ethics Committee investigations, blasted the Politico story Monday, saying, "The reporter should really crawl from under his rock and apologize to my son, a veteran, my friend, my son and a great American. It's one of the crummiest deviations from the truth that I've seen in these recent stories."
Rangel also said he didn't "see what purpose (it) would serve" if he stepped down temporarily during the ethics probes, which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has said should be wrapped up by Jan. 3.
"I don't think reporters should be in the position to remove chairmen, not even temporarily, especially when the reporting is false," Rangel told the Journal.