Rangel to New Yorkers: I'm 'Guerrilla War' Target

By: AP
By: AP
U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangle, D-New York, is defending himself against ethics allegations. He

Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., speaks to reporters after a meeting of the House Ways and Means Committee Monday, Sept., 15, 2008, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Democratic Congressman Charlie Rangel says in
an open letter to New Yorkers that he's done nothing dishonorable
and is the target of a GOP ``guerrilla war.''

The dean of the New York congressional delegation is facing several allegations: that he didn't pay taxes on rental income from a beach house in the Dominican Republic; that he used three rent-stabilized apartments in Harlem, including one for a campaign office; and that he used his congressional stationery to try to drum up private donations for a college center named after him.

A House ethics committee plans to investigate. And Republicans have called for the 19-term congressman to be removed as head of the Ways and Means Committee, which crafts tax legislation.

Rangel says his record in 38 years in Congress is ``unassailable.''

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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