WASHINGTON - JULY 28: Followed by members of the press, U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) (L) leaves his office for a vote at the Capitol July 28, 2010 in Washington, DC. The former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rangel is facing a House Ethics Committee hearing tomorrow to decide if he will be found guilty of violating House rules. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Charles Rangel
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is urging voters in Harlem to oust Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel.
Steele appeared at a campaign rally Tuesday with Rangel's GOP opponent, Michel Faulkner.
Steele said Faulkner, a minister and former professional football player, is a strong representative of the "new'' Republican Party.
Steele told supporters it was time for the so-called Grand Old Party to become the Great Opportunity Party, in order to attract black voters in Harlem and elsewhere. Steele is the RNC's first black chairman.
Rangel won a contested Democratic primary last month even though he is under fire for alleged ethics violations in the House. He was first elected in 1970 and is heavily favored to win re-election in this Democratic district.