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Pickering Accepts Rangel Apology

Location: Pearl, MS


At yesterday morning's breakfast meeting of the Association for a Better New York, Representative Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) said, "For all of you from Mississippi, I'd like to extend my deepest apologies. I promise I'll visit as soon as I find a food taster."

Congressman Chip Pickering said, "I accept Mr. Rangel's apology and we can assure him that Mississippians are forgiving folks; he will not need a food taster to enjoy our hospitality, although there are plenty of people who would love the opportunity to taste our cuisine on his behalf."

Pickering continued, "I want to hold Mr. Rangel to his promise to visit. I'm sure we'll see each other in Washington, DC this week and we can discuss his arrangements to tour the Magnolia State."

Rangel made headlines in Mississippi last week for his comment, "Mississippi gets more than their fair share back in federal money, but who the hell wants to live in Mississippi?" Pickering asked for an apology.

"You get a thick skin in politics about what people say about you, but when someone says something about your home, about your family's home, well, those are fighting words," Pickering said of Rangel's earlier comment. "I know for some Mississippians, Mr. Rangel's apology may not be contrite enough, but I trust he is sincere and personally, I accept his apology," Pickering concluded.

Pickering said he hopes to see and speak to Rangel personally in Washington, D.C. this week as Congress is back in session.


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