Rangel: 'Embarrassing' lack of diversity in Obama cabinet
January 10th, 2013
01:09 PM ET

Rangel: 'Embarrassing' lack of diversity in Obama cabinet

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(CNN) – As President Barack Obama finalizes his cabinet picks heading into his second term, some are pointing to a noted lack of diversity among the select group.

And Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel says "it's embarrassing as hell." The congressman from New York pulled no punches Thursday when he chided the White House for not picking more women and minorities for the top level positions.

"The questions I've heard are fair," he said on MSNBC. "The record does speak for itself."

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