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 dont intend to tell you my name, Rangel said to the throng of reporters gathered outside Pelosis Capitol office. Please dont waste my time. Ive got to go vote.
Rangel said he hoped to answer the question youre 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.