Rangel Brushes Off Questions After Pelosi Meeting

Posted September 15, 2008 at 6:06pm

House Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) batted away questions from the press as he left a meeting Monday night with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democratic leaders as questions swirled about a variety of personal financial issues.

“[P]rofessionally and politically, I don’t intend to tell you my name,” Rangel said to the throng of reporters gathered outside Pelosi’s Capitol office. “Please don’t waste my time. I’ve got to go vote.”

Rangel said he hoped “to answer the question you’re concerned with” at another time.

Pelosi answered no when asked by reporters whether Rangel had offered to step down from his post at the meeting. She said the conversation centered on how to help consumers in the face of the crisis on Wall Street.