Rangel: Yes, I’m being admonished for ethics violations, but it’s totally not my fault

posted at 10:04 pm on February 25, 2010 by Allahpundit

The details aren’t really important, but in a nutshell, he accepted trips to the Caribbean which his office knew were being paid for by a corporation that routinely lobbied Congress. Rangel claims that he personally didn’t know who had picked up the tab, in which case why should he be punished for the mistakes of two idiot staffers? We’ll see what the official report says tomorrow; apparently, the committee will claim that he was aware or should have been aware of where the money came from. Either way, anyone not think his staffers were explicitly told not to tell him who was underwriting these trips?

But that’s all window dressing. The true glory of this story is that it’s a total clusterfark for Pelosi, who’ll now be squeezed on one side by Republicans demanding his removal from the Ways and Means Committee and on the other by the Congressional Black Caucus demanding that he remain in office. What’s a racially “progressive” Speaker who’s worried about her party’s image ahead of the midterms to do? Steve Kornacki:

It’s worth noting, too, that Pelosi received some quiet help when she moved on [William] Jefferson from Rangel and several of his CBC allies. Jefferson was something of an outcast in the group. Out of principle, most CBC members stood with him. But some of the group’s most important leaders – like Rangel – quietly assisted Pelosi (hoping, no doubt, to gain a chit from a future Speaker).

But when it comes to Rangel now, Pelosi won’t find similar help at the top of the CBC. The Harlem Democrat is a CBC lion, a founding member who inspires deep reverence from its members. If Rangel asks them to fight for him, they will.

This is why Pelosi has been dreading this day for so long. If she pushes, she could probably muster the votes to bounce Rangel, but the price would be steep: an ugly fight that would attract national press attention, hand Republicans cannon fodder, and divide her own coalition. Or she could look the other way, which would give the GOP even more ammunition and anger swing-district Democrats, who don’t want to have to explain to their constituents why they’re “protecting” Charlie Rangel.

Mind you, this isn’t the only ethics investigation that’s focused on him. Even so, my fearless prediction is that she’ll back down and leave him in place. The die has already been cast for November; knocking him off his perch at Ways and Means won’t polish the Democrats’ reputation at this point. Why piss off the CBC and split the caucus when she’ll get nothing in return?


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I am still fuming at Obama giving “the finger” to Paul Ryan as Ryan disclosed the “funny accounting” involved in the Democrat’s bills that will in effect take over our medical system………….and bankrupt this country. Rangel should be stripped of his seat and sent home. Wherever, that might be.

SC.Charlie on February 26, 2010 at 10:38 AM

If Charlie were smart, he’d resign before the Repubs are in control, and ask Obozo for a pardon.
Otherwise, I think he stands a good chance of scoring some quality jail time.

justltl on February 26, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Rangel has a defense to these charges.

How could he have known, what he should have known, when he already knew, what he did not want to know?

Everyone is being too harsh! /s

rukiddingme on February 26, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Boriken Health Center is committed to building its new primary care facility as the prototype Green health center in New York City. We understand that building and operating a health care facility with environmental hazards can create a structure that makes people sick, instead of curing them.

Boriken’s new building will avoid using chemicals and materials that are harmful to people but used in construction .

canopfor on February 25, 2010 at 10:22 PM

When Imus came back on air in Dec of 2007, he and his wife donated 250 thousand dollars to Boriken Center, they asked Deirdre Imus, to help them green the facility, they have the highest rate of ASTHMA. Deirdre Imus has greened Hackensack New Jersey, Hospital where there is a pediatric wing named for her,
The Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology

New Jersey has the distinction of having the highest rate of child autism diagnosis in the country.

I am sure Charlie Rangel was one of the folks who thought Imus should have gotten fired for a sound byte, where he was trying to be hip and was just making a joke -satire which he apologized for repeatedly. I will wager right now we don’t get any apology out of Charlie Rangel.

Dr Evil on February 26, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Keeping her commitment to the East Harlem community, Mrs. Imus again called on listeners and civic leaders to support to the Boriken Neighborhood Health Center.

“The Boriken Center is in desperate need of funds to help renovate their building. Fifty-two percent of the children are living below the poverty line in this community and can’t even afford nebulizers for the children with asthma”, said Mrs. Imus. “We have raised $1 million but we need a total of $12 million. We need to organizations to support Boriken so they can continue to help others who lack the resources and are in desperate need of medical care.”

East Harlem has the highest rate of hospitalization for pediatric asthma in the country. The Boriken Center has been a lifeline for many disadvantaged children and adults, providing quality bilingual medical, dental and other services to this high need community in East Harlem. More information about the Boriken Neighborhood Health Center and how you can help available at Boriken.org.

Dr Evil on February 26, 2010 at 12:38 PM

So where is Charlie Rangel, this is his district, he couldn’t bring any porkulus home to help a neighborhood hospital, get the much needed funding, and it would create jobs construction and hospital workers?

So do I believe that the Health Insurance Reform Bill or any part of the Progressive’s Agenda, is really to help the poor and needy? NOPE.

Politicians SUX

Dr Evil on February 26, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Powerful Dims don’t pay taxes.

la.rt.wngr on February 26, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Ethics are for Republicans.

la.rt.wngr on February 26, 2010 at 12:53 PM

It’s Bush’s fault…
I got bad advice…
It’s an honest mistake…
I’ll make sure it doesn’t happen again…

pick your excuse Charlie

la.rt.wngr on February 26, 2010 at 12:57 PM

When did Rangel start wearing those Greg Gutfeld glasses?

Maybe Rangel is wishing he had as much credibility as a 3 am comedy show host!

Freddy on February 26, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Why piss off the CBC and split the caucus when she’ll get nothing in return?

Uhhhhh, because it\’s the right thing to do? Have we become so divorced from expecting any of these reprobates actually live up to any standards?Don\’t answer that. Sigh. I know, I know.

Pablo Snooze on February 26, 2010 at 3:10 PM

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