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GOP Looks For Democratic Support To Oust Charles Rangel

March 4, 2010 by  

GOP looks for Democratic support to oust Charles RangelAt the end of February, the House ethics committee "admonished" Representative Charles Rangel (D-NY) for allowing a private company to fund two trips that he and other members of the Black Caucus took to the Caribbean in 2007.

Later this week, Republicans in the House will introduce a special resolution to strip Rangel of his chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee, signaling a possible end of his tenure in Washington, Fox News reports.

The embattled representative is currently being investigated for several other illegal matters, including allegations that he failed to pay taxes on undisclosed personal assets and that he used congressional stationery to solicit donations for his school of public service at The City College of New York.

Many political pundits believe that some Democrats will be forced to vote for the resolution to relieve Rangel of his duties as chairman, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for an end to the "culture of corruption" that prevailed when the GOP had the majority in the House, according to The Washington Post.

"These Democrats who ran on ‘change’ and promised to run the most ethical Congress in history have a responsibility to call for Charlie Rangel’s resignation and to give back the thousands in tainted money they received from him," concluded Ken Spain, communications director for the National Republican Congressional Committee quoted by the news source.
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  • DaveH

    You can bet the Liberals will defend Charlie with the typical response of “But the Republicans do it too”.

    • Harold Olsen

      If you are a liberal, it is like a badge of honor to do something illegal like failure to pay your taxes and they are rewarded by their party. Take a look at all the tax cheaters in the Obama regime. If Rangel were Republican, Pelosi would be our for his head. I find it interesting that when a Republican violates the rules, the other members of the party have the ethics and integrity to demand that the member resign. Democrats, on the other hand, when one of their members violates the rules, form ranks behind that member. I may not be a fan of either party, but it seems that of the two the Republicans are the more ethical.

      I had to laugh this morning when I heard Rangel threaten to not run for re-election if he is ordered to resign his position permanently, as though his not seeking re-election would be a punishment for the voters. Rangel, PLEASE DON’T RUN FOR RE-ELECTION!

    • JeffH

      Pelosi Supports Rangel Over Ethics Charges.

      Washington (CNN) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared Friday to defend Rep. Charles Rangel, D-New York, over ethics charges that led to his admonishment.

      “They have said he did not knowingly violate the rules,” she told reporters after thanking the ethics committee for its work. “They did not take action against him. They just said he did not willfully break the rules.”
      http://www.wibw.com/nationalnews/headlines/85556792.html

      I guess we should take Nutcase Nancy’s word on this.

      • DaveH

        He’s been in office for almost 40 years and he didn’t know he was breaking the rules? I guess it depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is.

    • s c

      Sad, but true, DaveH. In the event that ANYONE in DC uses that pathetic excuse, it will be proof that they’re too busy protecting each other to live up to their sworn oaths.
      Rangel, who has been in DC for far too long, is the epitome of hypocrisy. Not only is he being protected, but he seems to think he is immune from
      any meaningful, thorough investigation. I have ONE question for the other side of the aisle. You guardians of the nation’s morals, you compassionate icons, you caring paragons of virtue (you know what you really are], when ANY elected official can dodge a first, second, third and a fourth IRS matter, what you have done is to PROVE to America
      that the “best” you can do is to selectively enforce statutes – on your terms.
      You certainly know how to “protect” the working man, and his wife, and his family and America – on YOUR terms. How must history judge ANYONE or any group or political party when rank hypocrisy is your god?

  • Doc Sarvis

    Seems he stepped down on his own as he should. If he is in fact guilty of violations he should be punished. If only all elected officials, on both sides, acted accordingly.

    • JeffH

      Doc Sarvis, you are correct. If any politician breaks the law they shoul step down and be prosecuted accordingly.

  • Michael J.

    Charlie Rangel is the keeper of many dirty little secrets. Secrets that would destroy the careers of many others in positions of power. This knowledge is what is holdong him up right now. He has remained in his position of power by letting these for the moment unknown others know this. Called political blackmail in common speak, he will not go down alone.

    • Joe H.

      Michael J.
      We can only hope that Rangle is forced to take down at least half the liberal progressive party with him!!! Miracles do happen!!!!

  • s c

    Is it true that Rangel is taking over for Ted Kennedy? It does seem that way. Old Ted led a most curious life, and was allowed to pick and choose what he did – with immunity (and I was naive enough to think America is a nation of laws).
    Rangel, it seems, is using Ted as his role model. One question that needs to be asked is HOW Rangel got so FILTHY RICH in Congress. Did he go to Washington to ‘take care of’ America? Did he go to Washington to take care of HIMSELF? Did he get at the head of the line to get midnight pay raises?
    I suspect the heart of the problem is the character of the people who keep voting for Rangel. Do they have any character? Does he have any character?
    Is this what it REALLY means to be THE PARTY OF YES?

    • redhawk

      Well above all he needs some swimming lessoins in the cold Hudson in order to rival Teddy Schimmer Kennedy…”the Rule of Law’ has become a JOKE which is invoke by the YES party and Holder everytime they trample on the Constiturion for their own ENRICHMENT… that is why we must VOTE EM ALL OUT!!!

  • s c

    Admonished? Does that mean Rangel is truly above the law? If he ‘leaves’ temporarily (and comes back when it’s convenient), then he might as well tell Americans that he’s above the law. He’s telling us he can do anything he wants because he knows a member of the congressional country club is immune from punishment.
    If Rangel weasels out of this, let NO ultraliberal progressive EVER claim that we live in a nation of laws. Let NO ultraliberal progressive EVER speak of leadership or compassion. Let NO ultraliberal progressive be elected in America.

    • Joe H.

      SC,
      Tell that to eyes!!! she’s the one saying that all the time and as a liberal at that!!!!

      • s c

        JoeH, I try not to aim specific remarks at specific ultraliberal progressives who send feedback to this site. One of their favorite, lame tricks to is to ‘ask’ conservatives why we didn’t whiz and whine and moan about Bush when he was in the White House.
        We did. However, whizzing, whining and moaning rarely get people kicked out of office. Usually, it’s enough to note that ‘loyal’ voters dare to take issue with their leaders.
        In the case of ultraliberal progressives, it’s all smoke-and-mirrors. It’s whiniing for the sake of whining. They’ve been willingly brainwashed by pc techniques, and they are gleefully oblivious (saves wear and tear on the brain by not having to think).
        In the specific case of Rangel, he’s a) been in DC for too long b) he went to DC to get rich at America’s expense c) he’s full of it and he knows it d) he has protected status (just ask queen nancy and hinky holder about that) e) Rangel is a classic example of what’s wrong with career politicians f) Rangel has no reason to change g) once again, America has been SCREWED by status quo politics h) “loyal” ultraliberal progressives will see him as an icon, no matter what.

  • redhawk

    Why stop with Charlie Rangel??/ Chris DUDD of Ct saw the light and decided not to run again after all of his “takes” from Freddie & Fannie and Countrywide… So where is Kent Conrad who also made himself available to Angelo Mozilo’s ” favorable rtae” Klan from Countrywide and all of the others Progressives, Libera;sls, RINOS who are ” owned by Special Interets Corporations, Unions, and other such Perversives as Soros … FIRE THEM ALL and Impose Voters Imposed Tem Limits every 8 and 12 Years… and for LOVE OF COUNTRY Get Piglosi out of Office Immedilately!

    • s c

      Redhawk, think about it. America does NOT need people who are allowed to ‘get comfy’ in Washington. We need a constant turnover of new faces who ARE NOT allowed to ‘get comfy.’
      Being ‘comfy’ lets political prosties divert their attention to selfish matters {getting rich, acting like specter, becoming arrogant, seeing themselves as above the law, surviving via polls, prioritizing issues [immigration or healthcare, economy or another war, jobs or abortion, getting re-elected or switching sides], or winking at midnight pay raises}.
      The reason why we’re in this mess is because as a whole, we DO NOT have what it takes to keep a short leash on certified losers who keep us miserable from one generation to the next. It could be said that unless or until we care about ourselves, we might as well whiz up a tree, because our “leaders” damned sure won’t care about us.

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