July 17th, 2008 17:29 EST
Charles Rangel In Hot Water
A politician must be like Caesar`s wife: Above reproach. This campaign season the road is littered with the corpses of advisers and surrogates who have been thrown under the bus, because they made statements that reflected poorly on their respective candidates. Barack Obama and John McCain have demonstrated that they won`t hesitate to kick gaffe-prone staffers to the curb.
Charles Bernard "Charlie" Rangel born June 11, 1930 is an American politician. He has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1971, representing the Fifteenth Congressional District of New York.
Quotation from Wikipedia
Charlie Rangel, 78, has been around the block more than a few times, he is either a dinosaur or an institution, depending on your political perspective. Rangel who should know better is acting like Caesar`s most slutty concubine.
"Representative Charles B. Rangel called on the House Ethics Committee today to look into whether he had violated any rules by using Congressional letterhead to raise money for a new educational center at the City College of New York that was named after him.
Mr. Rangel`s request came days after The Washington Post reported that that the congressman had written letters on Congressional stationery seeking meetings to solicit contributions from corporations and foundations for the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at the City College of New York."
Quotation from The New York Times/Raymond Hernandez
Rangel makes a very effective case for term limits, he`s been around Congress for so long that he thinks he can get away with anything. This episode is a stain in Rangel`s long and mostly distinguished career, it smacks of corruption, vanity and stupidity.
Rangel has more than one controversy swirling around him:
"Mr. Rangel used the news conference to address another controversy: four rent-stabilized apartments he leases in a luxury apartment building in Harlem. He has faced criticism since The New York Times reported last week that a developer had allowed him to lease the rent-stabilized apartments in Lenox Terrace at a time when some tenants are being evicted from such apartments around the city."
Quotation from the New York Times
Rangel is predicting that the House Ethics Committee won`t find him guilty of any wrongdoing. The House must demonstrate to the electorate that they won`t tolerate a culture of corruption, and slap down Rangel. The long-serving congressman must be brought down a few notches, his head is so big it belongs in Mt. Rushmore.
The Democrats did very well in the 2006 in large part because they made a campaign issue of the Republicans "culture of corruption. I`m a liberal and I agree with Rangel on most issues, but I am ready to kick him to the curb and run over him with a school bus. Democrats must demonstrate that they are above reproach, and that they won`t tolerate any corruption within their ranks.