To the Editor:
In all of my 42 years as a legislator, both at the state and federal levels of government, campaign contributions have never been required, or even suggested as a way to get access to me. Nor has there ever been a suggestion that my conduct has been influenced by any contributions in all of these years.
Mr. Novak’s October 11 column on the mid-term elections is the first time that even an insinuation has been made that lobbyists would have to open their wallets to gain access to me. As a reporter with such an outstanding reputation, Mr. Novak owes it to me to reveal the identity of anyone who would make that kind of statement.
Rep. Charles B. Rangel