Rep. Charlie Rangel makes his way to a news conference after the House voted Thursday to censure the New York Democrat.
Just as Rangel reached the back of the chamber, he encountered Pelosi, who also touched Rangel’s arm and spoke to him.
He then walked out of the chamber.
At the news conference, Rangel deflected questions on whether he will serve out his term or seek re-election in 2012. When asked how the censure will affect his status in the House, he said only: “Charlie Rangel is Charlie Rangel. I wasn’t always the chairman.”
Kathleen Hunter and Jackie Kucinich contributed to this report.
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