And the bickering in Congress continues. A Republican Mississippi legislator wants one of his colleagues from New York to apologize to the state of Mississippi. According to reports, Democrat Rep. Charles Rangel was quoted in the New York Times as saying, â€œMississippi gets more than their fair share back in federal money, but who the hell wants to live in Mississippi?â€
Rangel says the statement wasnâ€™t meant as an insult, but Rep. Chip Pickering is pushing for an apology. Pickering issued a news release in response: “I hope his remarks are not the kind of insults, slander, and defamation that Mississippians will come to expect from the Democrat leadership in Washington, D.C.â€
Rangel is slated to become the first black leader of the House Ways and Means Committee. He is waiting for appointment by incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. He also allegedly attacked Vice President Dick Cheney when Cheney said Rangel would destroy the economy if the Democrats gained control of the House of Representatives.