Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Rangel steps down "temporarily"
From CBS 2:
Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel announced Wednesday morning he will temporarily give up his gavel.
The New York Democrat said in a 9 a.m. press conference from Washington that he sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requesting a leave of absence from his post.
He said that "from the very, very beginning, I had offered" to Pelosi to step down from the post.
He said he leaving "to avoid my colleagues having to defend me" during the campaign season.
Wednesday morning's brief and subdued presser follows the many questions surrounding his political future.