Rangel: It’s Republicans’ fault that I didn’t pay my rent

posted at 7:21 pm on April 7, 2014 by Guy Benson

You may know Democratic Congressman Charlie Rangel for his proclivity toward casual racial defamation. You may know him for his curious theological pronouncements. Or you may know him as the guy who failed to pay his taxes while running the Congressional committee responsible for writing tax laws.  Now it’s time to meet Charlie Rangel, deadbeat tenant:

New York City’s longest-serving congressman won’t pay his rent. State taxpayers were stiffed out of at least $87,000 when Rep. Charles Rangel stopped paying for the district office he rents in Harlem’s Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building, records ­obtained by The Post show…Rangel paid $7,253 in monthly rent on the 125th Street office he has rented since 2000, expense reports from 2012 show. But the payments stopped for all of 2013. Incredibly, instead of demanding payment of the back rent and late fees from its deadbeat legislative tenant, the state cut him a huge rent break. The state says it allowed Rangel in March 2013 to enter into a new sweetheart deal in which he could postpone paying six months of rent. That “abatement” money has still not been paid, nor has the other six months of missed rent from 2013, a OGS official said. The state comptroller approved a $101,000 lease between Rangel and OGS on Dec. 26, 2013, retroactively covering the period back to April 2013 and future months through December 2014, records show. The 21-month deal resulted in a deeply reduced rent of $4,809 a month.

So after he simply ceased paying his office rent last year, the state offered him an extremely generous postponement and a sweetheart rent cut.  Despite the special treatment — the likes of which the Little People could only dream — Rangel is still delinquent on his payments.  Why?  Republicans, or something:

When The Post last week inquired about the year of missing rent, Rangel’s office and OGS blamed federal sequestration, not the lost lease referenced in agency correspondence. “As everyone knows, the GOP sequester not only constrained our nation’s economy, but also strained the budget of congressional offices,” said Rangel spokeswoman Hannah Kim. The sequester, which set caps on lawmakers’ discretionary spending, began in March 2013, two months after records show Rangel stopped paying rent.

First of all, the sequester was President Obama’s plan, not the GOP’s.  Secondly, what an absolutely pathetic excuse this is.  Rangel’s office lost the lease (and consequently decided to just stop making rent payments for some reason), yet his inept staff blamed their own incompetence on a budget cut that hadn’t gone into effect yet.  In doing so, they not only embarrassed themselves; they missed a golden opportunity to finger Democrats’ bogey men du jour for the transgressions.  Tsk tsk.  Rangel was censured by his colleagues in 2010 after the House Ethics Committee convicted him on 11 ethical violations, including failing to pay taxes on rental income from a Caribbean property and improperly using his office to raise funds.  The long-time Congressman shrugged off the condemnation as “very, very, very political,” and was re-elected with 91 percent of the vote in 2012.  Life is good.

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…what’s an “Ethics Committee”?

KOOLAID2 on April 7, 2014 at 7:24 PM

yet his inept staff blamed their own incompetence on a budget cut that hadn’t gone into effect yet. In doing so, they not only embarrassed themselves

…they probably get a paycheck…and never come to work!

KOOLAID2 on April 7, 2014 at 7:26 PM

…he’s probably a ‘snitch’!

KOOLAID2 on April 7, 2014 at 7:27 PM

SHUT UP!……SHUT UP! SHUT UP! SHUT UP! SHUT UP! SHUT UP!

ThePrez on April 7, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Time for Charlie Rangle to go to prison where he belongs.

oscarwilde on April 7, 2014 at 7:27 PM

No sense of shame.

vityas on April 7, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Time for Charlie Rangle to go to prison where he belongs.

oscarwilde on April 7, 2014 at 7:27 PM

…they wouldn’t do that…the judge would claim “he wouldn’t fare well there!”

KOOLAID2 on April 7, 2014 at 7:30 PM

…he’s probably a ‘snitch’!

KOOLAID2 on April 7, 2014 at 7:27 PM

According to Drudge that was Rev. Al.

RickB on April 7, 2014 at 7:32 PM

The long-time Congressman shrugged off the condemnation as “very, very, very political,” and was re-elected with 91 percent of the vote in 2012. Life is good.

This guy could kill someone and be caught with the still smoking gun in his hand and get re-elected without even sweating.

And probably beat the rap, too.

Bitter Clinger on April 7, 2014 at 7:32 PM

In doing so, they not only embarrassed themselves;

If working for Rangel isn’t embarrassing enough in itself…these people are incapable of being embarrassed……

…which covers just about 98% ProgDemoLiberals.

BigWyo on April 7, 2014 at 7:33 PM

It’s always the Republicans’ (white man’s) fault.

Just as blacks can’t be racists, some claim, it would appear that some can’t be held personally responsible for anything either.

Also, the economy improved after sequestration.

Resist We Much on April 7, 2014 at 7:33 PM

…he’s probably a ‘snitch’!

KOOLAID2 on April 7, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Rev. Al: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/investigation/al-sharpton-764312

davidk on April 7, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Time for Charlie Rangle to go to prison where he belongs.

oscarwilde on April 7, 2014 at 7:27 PM

That would put him too close to his constituents, then they may see him for what he really is. Can’t have that.

OldEnglish on April 7, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Yeah, but what did Chris Cristie know about the lane closure? Oh, and Sarah Palin!

/lefty squirrel chant.

rbj on April 7, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Are these the rent control properties he was illegally using?

forest on April 7, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Are these the rent control properties he was illegally using?

forest on April 7, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Illegal schmillegal. Laws are for little people.

tominsd on April 7, 2014 at 7:44 PM

The bum is worthless and could only exist as a Democrat.

rplat on April 7, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Rangel personifies the stupidity of racial politics, but hey it’s NYC, especially after the election of Comrade DeBlasio…

BlaxPac on April 7, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Tensions have been high in the region over the past two weeks as federal agents have moved in to the area to remove what they are calling ‘trespass cattle’ belonging to Cliven Bundy.

The cattle roundup is part of a dispute that has been going on for more than 20 years. Bundy has insisted that he does not need to recognize federal government jurisdiction on land that his family has used, improved and ranched since the late 1800s.

Federal officials have ordered Bundy to remove his livestock from a grazing allotment that was retired back in 1999 out of concern for the federally-protected desert tortoise.

http://mvprogress.com/2014/04/06/one-of-bundy%E2%80%99s-sons-arrested-in-roundup-incident/

davidk on April 7, 2014 at 7:45 PM

This guy could kill someone and be caught with the still smoking gun in his hand and get re-elected without even sweating.

And probably beat the rap, too.

Bitter Clinger on April 7, 2014 at 7:32 PM

It would depend on who he killed I imagine.

crankyoldlady on April 7, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Sure, he’s done some crimes over the years, pretty regularly, but at least one of his aides didn’t order improper temporary lane closures.

forest on April 7, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Just goes to show ya. No bad deed goes punished – if you’re Democrap. 91%? Just who in the heck are those 9% raaacists? Must be some of the ‘dead’ voters his minions forgot about.

vnvet on April 7, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Rangel doesn’t even have to pretend to obey the law.

BD57 on April 7, 2014 at 7:57 PM

This guy could kill someone and be caught with the still smoking gun in his hand and get re-elected without even sweating.

And probably beat the rap, too.

Bitter Clinger on April 7, 2014 at 7:32 PM

http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/04/13-year-old-boy-suspended-for-twirling-pencil-in-gun-motion-manner/

davidk on April 7, 2014 at 7:59 PM

91% voted for Rangel? Really?

In the real world, you can’t get 91% of any group to agree on anything, including free ice cream for all and a silver dollar for whistling Yankee Doodle.

So either some voting populations really do vote only for their own race, or Charlie owns the voting machines.

Pless1foEngrish on April 7, 2014 at 8:04 PM

No sense of shame.
 
vityas on April 7, 2014 at 7:30 PM

 
That pretty much covers it. It’s the eventual expression of the same mindset that would stand before Congress demanding someone else pay for her birth control or have no problem posting
 

Yea. We mooches have been hearing that same story for years and for some reason, the digits on those checks keep multiplying. So forgive us for calling your bluff while cashing those checks you are currently paying and will continue paying for.
 
i_am_liberal on March 29, 2014 at 7:10 PM

rogerb on April 7, 2014 at 8:05 PM

This guy could kill someone and be caught with the still smoking gun in his hand and get re-elected without even sweating.

And probably beat the rap, too.

Bitter Clinger on April 7, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Ted Kennedy unavailable to dispute this line of reasoning….

And Massachusetts voters were too busy worrying about the Sox to give a Damn either….

BlaxPac on April 7, 2014 at 8:10 PM

He blaaaaaaaaaaaaa’!

Lanceman on April 7, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Only Republicans pay rent and taxes. Charles ‘special’.

GarandFan on April 7, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Thank God for affirmative action.

nobama1267 on April 7, 2014 at 9:29 PM

No it was Booooosh!

neyney on April 7, 2014 at 9:55 PM

“The rent’s too damn high!”

Khun Joe on April 7, 2014 at 10:13 PM

…what’s an “Ethics Committee”?

KOOLAID2 on April 7, 2014 at 7:24 PM

It’s for Republicans.

a) Dems don’t have any ethics to investigate
b) Lame stream media doesn’t pursue Dem stories – “Nothing to see here” because only Dem intentions matter
c) Laws only apply to Repubs and the little people

DublOh7 on April 7, 2014 at 10:54 PM

We live in a wicked generation.

Not only is this a sign of the evil prevailing in Rangel’s district, it’s evidence of the corruption dominating our national media for ignoring Rangel’s scandals, as well as the monstrous behavior of other leading Democrats.

itsnotaboutme on April 8, 2014 at 5:51 AM

I think that picture encapsulates the essence of not only Rangel but almost all politicians and when can I stop paying my monthly mortgage then have my bank cut it in half then even not pay AND still nothing happens. It’s time to rid DC of all these deadbeats

jaywemm on April 8, 2014 at 10:24 AM

He needs to be on the same chain gang with Holder

txdoc on April 8, 2014 at 11:20 AM

The best thing about a New Yorker is that they live in New York.

Carnac on April 8, 2014 at 12:26 PM

A Rat is a Rat is a Rat, and will never clean up their act they just move on to infest and infect another neighborhood, without the residents permission.

MSGTAS on April 8, 2014 at 12:56 PM

yet his inept staff blamed their own incompetence on a budget cut that hadn’t gone into effect yet.

Dems have topped that. They blamed Benghazi on cuts Republicans might have wanted to make, despite the extra money baked into the actual budget each year for the Stimulus.

Axeman on April 8, 2014 at 2:01 PM