Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., is using alleged police brutality victims to raise money for a re-election campaign he promised not to run.
Rangel, the veteran Harlem congressman, barely eked out an electoral victory this year in part by vowing to retire in 2016.
But citing the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of police, Rangel earlier this month asked supporters to pony up for another electoral bid.
“The historical election of President Obama doesn’t mean the end of racism and injustice in America. It didn’t suddenly heal the wounds that have been left through the centuries of racial hatred and prejudice,” he emailed. “Whether it’s Eric Garner or Mike Brown, these unjustifiable deaths remind us that we’ve come a long, long way from how we got here, but we have a long way to go.”