Charlie Rangel’s spectacular rise and fall
July 23, 2010 by Alan Silverleib
(CNN) — Congressman Charlie Rangel had a bad week.
Calls for the veteran Harlem politician’s resignation are increasing after the House Ethics Committee’s announcement Thursday that he will be the subject of its first corruption trial in nearly a decade.
Rangel’s Ethics Troubles Embolden Republicans, Quiet Democrats in Campaign Season
July 23, 2010 by FoxNews.com
The silence by Democrats is due to the timing of the ethics trial of the New York congressman and former Ways and Means Committee chairman. It coincides with campaign season, and Democrats will have to defend their party’s conduct to voters. If enough of them lose, the party could cede control of the House.
Republicans are already going negative, reminding voters that Pelosi promised to “drain the swamp” of ethical misdeeds in Congress.
But Pelosi and other Democrats had helped fend off Republican efforts over two years to strip Rangel of his gavel on the Ways and Means Committee. Rangel finally stepped down in March after a closed-door meeting with Pelosi in the wake of the ethics committee’s conclusion that the lawmaker violated House rules on two trips to Caribbean conferences. The committee said Rangel should have known that corporate money paid for the trips.
Rangel v. Russert: ‘You know it’s a dumb question’
July 23, 2010 by Emi Kolawole
Embattled Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) had a few choice words for MSNBC’s Luke Russert Thursday afternoon. Russert asked the 80 year-old House veteran if he might lose his job over the House panel finding that he violated ethics rules.
“Well, you’re young, I guess you do need to make a name for yourself,” Rangel told the reporter. ‘Basically you know it’s a dumb question and I’m not going to respond to it … It doesn’t really sound like NBC — asking these dumb questions. It just shows what happened to a channel that did have some respect.”
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