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NEW YORK (AP) — Disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner is getting support from a Democratic colleague who knows a little something about having a rough year.

U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel told reporters Friday that he still believes Weiner can be an effective lawmaker, “if the press gets off his back.”

He suggested that other members of Congress had done things more immoral than Weiner, who admitted this week to sending racy messages and explicit photographs of himself to women he didn’t know.

Rangel says Weiner, “wasn’t going with prostitutes. He wasn’t going out with little boys.”

Last year, Rangel was himself censured by the House for ethics violations.

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