By Susan Crabtree - 01/27/09 01:35 PM EST
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) may not loom so large on Capitol Hill these days, but it has nothing to do with the ethics investigations he’s entangled in.
It's because he's been dieting at a spa and has lost weight.
When asked by The Hill whether he had lost weight, Rangel smiled broadly, and pulled the extra material in his suit jacket to show the extra room and reveal his Pritikin secret.
After the New York Post ran an unflattering photo of him back in August that showed him sleeping in a lounge chair in shorts and a T-shirt on the beach in front of his Dominican Republic villa, Rangel said his wife, Alama, had been on his back to shed some pounds.
So far, it’s working.