In a desperate, last-minute attempt to escape a humiliating House censure, Rep. Charlie Rangel yesterday sent a blast e-mail to thousands of campaign supporters asking them to flood Congress' switchboard with calls pleading he get a lesser punishment for breaking multiple ethics rules.
In appealing for mercy, Rangel invoked his decorated Korean War service. He said it was "60 years ago last night" that he was wounded in Korea.
Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle ridiculed the stunt, saying it was "inappropriate" and added campaign-style politicking to the House ethics process, which is expected to culminate with a vote today on disciplining Rangel (D-Harlem). (Continues here)