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House Ethics Committee Comes Down on Rangel

Since I know for a fact that most of the WI-08 GOP Campaigns read my blog, bonus points to the first campaign which does the smart thing.  By my quick investigation, the PAC contributions alone total $15,000, another $6,000 from the man himself.

Enjoy writing the press releases.

Charlie Rangel’s been a bad boy…and his troubles may only just be beginning.

The House ethics panel has found that Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) broke ethics rules, according to the Associated Press.

The AP reported that Rangel knowingly accepted Caribbean trips in violation of House rules forbidding hidden financing by corporations.

Rangel said he had done nothing wrong and expected the report to show he was not guilty of anything.

“All I know is, the ethics committee authorized the trip and there is no way in the world that there could be any report out there that says I was not authorized to travel,” Rangel said. He added: “When you read the report, you will see that I am not guilty of anything.”

The House ethics committee has been reviewing a trip Rangel and several other members took to the Caribbean island of St. Maarten last year.

Rangel was seen Thursday evening approaching the chairwoman and ranking Republican on the Ethics committee — Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) — on the House floor, angrily addressing the two members and waving a finger in Lofrgen’s face.

The confrontation was seen to last about 10 minutes.

Rangel has been under fire for more than a year over several different issues. He was expected to make a statement to the press at 8 p.m.

The longtime lawmaker from New York requested that the ethics panel investigate him when he acknowledged he failed to disclose to the IRS or on his financial disclosure forms $75,000 in rental income for a beach villa in the Dominican Republic.

Since then, Rangel also has come under fire for claiming three primary residences; for maintaining four rent-controlled apartments; and for using congressional letterhead to solicit donations for an education center bearing his name at City College of New York, which could violate House rules.

Word is Rangel will explain “his side” of events tomorrow at a press conference (Bring Popcorn.).  In the meantime, he’s placed blame completely on a low-level member of his Congressional staff; who has now been sacked.

He remains under investigation.

Oh, and one last thing.  Renee Crawford, you’re STILL an idiot.  (That last one’s never gonna get old for me…)

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  • dad29

    Can you say “Adam Clayton Powell”??