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Charlie Rangel Will Seek Reelection In 2012

02/15/2011 03:21 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

You thought you were done with Charlie Rangel? Think again.

The shamed Congressman, who was officially censured by his peers in December, is planning on running for his 22nd term in Congress in 2012.

The 80-year-old representative filed a 2012 statement of candidacy with the Federal Elections Commission one year before is deadline. Why so eager?

"The filing means what it says, that he is running for re-election," Rangel spokesman Bob Liff told the New York Post.

Rangel, first elected to represent Harlem in 1970, was censured by the House last year on 11 counts of ethics violations. Among his actions: asking companies with business before the Ways and Means Committee to donate to a public policy center bearing his name and failure to pay taxes on rental income from his Dominican Republic villa.

Rangel, 80, was re-elected in November despite the House ethics committee investigation against him. Censure is the second-highest form of punishment by the House, behind expulsion.

But will Rangel's supporters back him after everything he's been through? Other than than being stripped of his position as the chariman of the Ways and Means committee, there has been no other quantifiable effect on Rangel's position. Even his supporters in his district are sympathetic, and we found out in this video report from November.

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