Congressman Charlie Rangel is publicly discussing his ethics charges in the House at this moment, defending his actions and expressing problems with the timing of the House ethics committee's proceedings. Rangel complained that he will have to wait until after his primary to find out whether the committee will hold a hearing, and that such a hearing may occur right before the general election.
In the process of making this point, Rangel said he hopes he doesn't die before any hearing takes place.
"I'm 80 years old, I don't want to die before the hearing," Rangel said.
The comment seemed to be made rhetorically, but his tone of voice expressed a serious reservation. The point Rangel made was that the people of his district deserve to know whether their longtime representative is corrupt.
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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.