Most popular guy in the Party of Fair Share to endorse tax cheat for 23rd term

posted at 9:21 pm on April 22, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

The Democratic Party is nothing if not young, vibrant, and in favor of everyone paying as much as possible in taxes as an honorable patriotic duty. Which is why the party’s most popular Medicare recipient will endorse a 70-something tax cheat for his 23rd term this week:

Bill Clinton is going to be endorsing embattled Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel’s re-election to a 23rd term, The Post has learned.

The former president’s endorsement is a coup for Rangel, 83, who is facing a strong challenge from state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, the same candidate who nearly toppled him in their initial face-off two years ago.

Harlem preacher Michael Walrond is also in the race.

Clinton stayed neutral when Rangel was running in 2012 because a former aide to his foundation, Clyde Williams, was one Rangel’s challengers. But Clinton has no conflict this time.

And, Heaven forfend that Harlem get someone new and slightly less cringe-inducingly corrupt than Rangel.

If you’ll allow me to excerpt myself, here’s a primer on Rangel’s, ahem, tax missteps while he was writing tax law for the rest of us on the Ways & Means Committee:

Rep. Charlie Rangel amended his financial disclosure forms under pressure in 2009 to show “that he had omitted an array of assets, business transactions and sources of income. They include a Merrill Lynch Global account valued between $250,000 and $500,000; tens of thousands of dollars in municipal bonds; and $30,000 to $100,000 in rent from a multifamily brownstone building he owned on West 132nd Street.” That wasn’t all. “The latest filings come on top of an amendment to Mr. Rangel’s 2007 disclosure form reported this week showing that he had failed to list at least $500,000 in assets.” The new disclosures doubled Rangel’s net worth.

Rep. Charlie Rangel rented several apartments in Harlem at suspiciously below-market rates from a big campaign donor, combining several to create his home while using one of them as a campaign office. That was a violation of rent-control laws, which require rent-controlled apartments to be used as residences.

Rep. Charlie Rangel parked his Mercedes for free in a Congressional parking space for about five years, never declaring the approximate $300 monthly fee on his taxes, as IRS rules require. Luckily, the House Ethics committee determined that he didn’t violate any rules because they only apply rules about parking to staff, not members.

Rep. Charlie Rangel used Congressional letterhead to solicit donations for the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at the City College of New York from companies that might have significant interests in the policy making of his committee, a move ethicists said “crossed the line.” He’d already funneled federal earmarks for the center.

Later, one of the big donors to the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service benefitted richly when Rangel changed his position on closing a tax loophole.

Rep. Charlie Rangel failed to report $75,000 in rental income or pay taxes on a Dominican villa he owned, causing the New York Times to call for him to step down from his Ways and Means Chairmanship.

In 2008, Rep. Charlie Rangel was forced to pay back taxes on rental income on his villa in the Dominican Republic— a property he was advised to buy by one of his donors and for which he later received preferential treatment when the interest rate on his mortgage was waived.

Rep. Charlie Rangel took the “Property Homestead Deduction Act” tax break on his Washington, D.C. residence for five years, despite the fact that he maintained his primary residence in New York for electoral reasons. Lawmakers who maintain a residence in D.C. but must also maintain a primary residence in their districts are not eligible for the homestead break, tax lawyers told the NY Post.

Rangel is one of the most demonstrably corrupt manipulators of the tax code in Washington, and his longtime position as the guy who wrote tax code for the rest of us makes the corruption all the more despicable.

Most recently, Rangel has been getting breaks on rent from the state that normal people could never get and then refuses to pay anyway, to the tune of $87,000. The definition of “fair share” is mighty tiny when applied to entrenched Democrats, it seems.

Hm. There are so many reasons for him to lose his seat before demographics, that I hope that’s not what does him in.

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You have to wonder what Charlie has on Bubba?

Another Drew on April 22, 2014 at 9:29 PM

the man needs to be put out to pasture like 2/3 of Congress (mimimum).

CoffeeLover on April 22, 2014 at 9:30 PM

But…Korea, and he’s black.

C’mon.

BobMbx on April 22, 2014 at 9:33 PM

He’s a black prog. Therefore, bulletproof.

wolly4321 on April 22, 2014 at 9:34 PM

will endorse a 70-something tax cheat for his 23rd term

This tax cheat will be 84 in June.

Mike Morrissey on April 22, 2014 at 9:35 PM

I’d be sitting in prison right now for 1/10th the crime this scumbag has committed.

forest on April 22, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Yeah, but see, he doesn’t have any cattle, so it’s whatevs….

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wytshus on April 22, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Way O/T…but I gotta get this off my chest. I live north of Seattle…probably 30 miles from the huge land slide that killed 40+. Obama visited this afternoon. It’s a small town. Oso. He mispronounced the name of the town when addressing the community. Twice! WTF. Petty? I don’t think so. It such a slip of the mask. Not once in the whole trip to the west coast did his handlers say the name out loud so that he could get it? C’mon. Total photo op.

dont taze me bro on April 22, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Who better to endorse a complete piece of crap than a complete piece of crap? It is as if Rangel’s record of complete crapiness is not quite convincingly craptastic. So, the King Clinton, ruler of Crapdom, arrives to heap fulsome crap upon Sir Crapsalot. And the crapweasels of NYC patronage rejoice.

M240H on April 22, 2014 at 9:37 PM

83 years old…

d1carter on April 22, 2014 at 9:38 PM

His constituents are happy he gets over on the man.They don’t care what he doesn’t do for them.You can’t beat that kind of thinking.

docflash on April 22, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Yeah, but see, he doesn’t have any cattle, so it’s whatevs….

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wytshus on April 22, 2014 at 9:37 PM

…the BLM will probably endorse him…he knows his real estate!

KOOLAID2 on April 22, 2014 at 9:52 PM

The Democratic Party is nothing if not young, vibrant,

Um….

Bill Clinton-age 67

Charles Rangel- age 83

Adriano Espaillat- age 59

Is there nobody in Harlem not eligible for AARP membership?

Happy Nomad on April 22, 2014 at 9:54 PM

He is everything that’s wrong with our political system..yet here he is…

celt on April 22, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Way O/T…but I gotta get this off my chest. I live north of Seattle…probably 30 miles from the huge land slide that killed 40+. Obama visited this afternoon. It’s a small town. Oso. He mispronounced the name of the town when addressing the community. Twice! WTF. Petty? I don’t think so. It such a slip of the mask. Not once in the whole trip to the west coast did his handlers say the name out loud so that he could get it? C’mon. Total photo op.

dont taze me bro on April 22, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Back when I was still able to watch Obama speak without raising my blood pressure, it was obvious to me that, on some occasions, he was reading his speech cold — he not only had not rehearsed it, he had not even seen it before stepping up to the podium.
Think about it: if he had rehearsed his speeches in front of his aides, wouldn’t someone have corrected his pronunciation of corps (the most egregious example; there are others), as well as correcting other errors (57 states).
If he did rehearse and no one caught the whoppers, his entire staff is illiterate.

AesopFan on April 22, 2014 at 10:01 PM

He is everything that’s wrong with our political system..yet here he is…

celt on April 22, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Well … he can always serve to the rest of us as a bad example …

majorzot on April 22, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Even Obama suggested that Rangel should preserve his dignity and simply retire. He refused that advice.

After being slapped on the wrist by the ethics committee, he must have known that they’d be watching him for further violations.

Do you really expect him to listen to his tax adviser?

Rangel is shameless in his exploitation of his district and his office.

thatsafactjack on April 22, 2014 at 10:05 PM

His constituents are happy he gets over on the man.They don’t care what he doesn’t do for them.You can’t beat that kind of thinking.

docflash on April 22, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Ka…CHING! You hit the nail square on the head.

NavyMustang on April 22, 2014 at 10:07 PM

He is everything that’s wrong with our political system..yet here he is…

celt on April 22, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Who are you talking about?

Bill Clinton?
Charles Rangel?
Adriano Espaillat?

Your statement is right no matter any of these critters.

Happy Nomad on April 22, 2014 at 10:08 PM

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d agree with Weiner about anything, but he’s right about this.

“The landscape of Congress is littered with people who waited too long to leave.”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/rangel-re-election-chances-toast-weiner-article-1.1757717#ixzz2zfg1S5UQ

cat_owner on April 22, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Insurance.

If Cuomo challenges Hilda-beast in the primary Rangel gets the black vote for her.

Jayrae on April 22, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Think about it: if he had rehearsed his speeches in front of his aides, wouldn’t someone have corrected his pronunciation of corps (the most egregious example; there are others), as well as correcting other errors (57 states).
If he did rehearse and no one caught the whoppers, his entire staff is illiterate.

AesopFan on April 22, 2014 at 10:01 PM

His aides are probably no smarter than Obama. They probably thought corpes sounded about right.

Alabama Infidel on April 22, 2014 at 10:12 PM

AesopFan on April 22, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Consider; the opening line of his inaugural address (penned by others, reviewed by many, read by him) contained an inaccuracy; he identified himself as the 44th man to become president. Although he is the 44th President, one served twice, making him the 43rd man….

A quibble, but a glimpse of things to come – if you can’t get the little things, the big things will get away from you in a hurry!

massrighty on April 22, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Rangel is nothing more than a cheap whore, he’d screw anybody for a few bucks

Tater Salad on April 22, 2014 at 10:21 PM

This country is so screwed.

usedtobeinmich on April 22, 2014 at 10:27 PM

His constituents are happy he gets over on the man.They don’t care what he doesn’t do for them.You can’t beat that kind of thinking.

docflash on April 22, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Even when ‘the man’ is Obama. This is a mistake of huge proportions.

Railing against ‘the man’ was a smart political tool when the GOP controlled the presidency and the congress and most on the LEFT felt disenfranchised for one reason or another. It offered the Democrat base a focus and a reason to go to the polls.

Today it’s another story, and what was once a valuable political tool used to motivate and unite the base has become as trite as an advertising jingle. How many minority sports millionaires are there? How many minority music industry millionaires? There are many minorities in every walk of life… policeman, firefighters, teachers, doctors, military personnel, writers, actors, the sciences, etc. Obama has filled his administration with minorities, including Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General. Congress sports a ‘Congressional Black Caucus’ and a ‘Congressional Hispanic Caucus’. It’s difficult to make the case for fighting ‘the establishment’, or ‘the man’, when you have, in fact, become the establishment.

Using outdated slogans makes it painfully obvious that you’ve engaged in outmoded thinking. Outmoded thinking is the surest and swiftest underpinning of political disaster, particularly when your party thrives on the idea, and have been encouraged in the notion, that they are sophisticates.

thatsafactjack on April 22, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Don’t ask for whom the bell tolls, Charlie. It tolls for thee.

Cleombrotus on April 22, 2014 at 10:28 PM

He reminds me of President Mugabe of Zimbabwe, whose people are either too intimidated by him to elect someone else or hes bought off the entire country. in many ways our country has become like many third world countries when it comes to corrupt politicians.

scalleywag on April 22, 2014 at 10:29 PM

thatsafactjack on April 22, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Good eve, Jackson. Missed you. ;-)

“Chahlie” ain’t going to listen to anybody, doesn’t need to. His congressional district is, shall we say, intellectually challenged and motivationally imbibed. What’s a tax cheat mean to them? We’re talking Harlem here, where you’re race wins the race “against the Man”.

TXUS on April 22, 2014 at 10:37 PM

TXUS on April 22, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Good evening, TXUS. :) It’s delightful to see you and I’ve missed you, too.

I was fascinated recently when Spike Lee went off on the ‘hipsters’ moving into his neighborhood because they were ‘disturbing the culture’ of his environment. He meant the recent gentrification of his neighborhood and the influx of whites and Asians buying or renting homes there was changing the landscape and culture of his neighborhood.

I understand that Harlem is undergoing a similar gentrification these days. I’m hopeful that the influx of ‘hipsters’ moving into the area will help the locals decide that Charlie is as passe as Old Harlem.

thatsafactjack on April 22, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Cleombrotus on April 22, 2014 at 10:28 PM

My neighbor’s door mat: ‘Ask not for whom the dog barks. It barks for thee’

dont taze me bro on April 22, 2014 at 10:47 PM

thatsafactjack on April 22, 2014 at 10:45 PM

The gentrification of Harlem is happening, but even if they throw out “Chahlie”, it’s still Harlem. We’ll just see Rangel 2.0. That place is the the Lost Cause of Lost Causes. Sadly.

TXUS on April 22, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Obama visited this afternoon. It’s a small town. Oso. He mispronounced the name of the town when addressing the community. Twice! WTF. the name out loud so that he could get it? C’mon. Total photo op.

dont taze me bro on April 22, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Simple fix.

Just change the pronunciation to the way Obama butchered it.

itsspideyman on April 22, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Simple fix.

Just change the pronunciation to the way Obama butchered it.

itsspideyman on April 22, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Ahh So

dont taze me bro on April 22, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Too bad Rangel can’t choke on the hypocrisy.

GarandFan on April 22, 2014 at 11:48 PM

His constituents are happy he gets over on the man.They don’t care what he doesn’t do for them.You can’t beat that kind of thinking.

docflash on April 22, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Ka…CHING! You hit the nail square on the head.

NavyMustang on April 22, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Back when Marion Barry was snorting coke and cavorting with prostitutes on camera I asked a black friend why on Earth the people in D.C. kept electing him. He told me pretty much the same thing that docflash said.

Oldnuke on April 23, 2014 at 12:35 AM

Racist-tax-cheat

TX-96 on April 23, 2014 at 6:23 AM

Let’s hear it for the scum brothers.

rplat on April 23, 2014 at 8:36 AM

This sanctimonious putz is about to be deposed. Not sure if it’s an improvement, but he’s made enough $$ from the hands of citizens.

Bronx Democratic Party will endorse state Sen. Adriano Espaillat over Rep. Charles Rangel in battle for congressional seat
Rep. Charles Rangel’s bid for re-election will take another blow when the Bronx Democratic Party endorses his opponent, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, who already has the support of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr….
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/bronx-dems-dump-rep-rangel-article-1.1755476

avagreen on April 23, 2014 at 10:31 AM

RAAACIST!!!

S. D. on April 23, 2014 at 8:36 PM