Clueless Charlie

Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY) was convicted today of 11 counts of ethics violations following a two-year investigation.


After the Congressional ethics committee announced the verdict, the 80-year-old former chair of the Ways and Means committee released this defiant statement:

“How can anyone have confidence in the decision of the Ethics Subcommittee when I was deprived of due process rights, right to counsel and was not even in the room?   I can only hope that the full Committee will treat me more fairly, and take into account my entire 40 years of service to the Congress before making any decisions on sanctions.

I am disappointed by the unfortunate findings of the Ethics Subcommittee.  The Committee’s actions are unprecedented in view of the fact that they arrived at without rebuttal or counter evidence on my behalf.”

Despite a lengthy investigation that resulted in his conviction, Clueless Charlie still doesn’t seem to grasp why he could not use Congressional staff and stationary to solicit contributions on behalf of Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service, why it was wrong to not report rental income from his Dominican Republic property to the IRS, and why he shouldn’t misuse a rent-subsidized apartment as his campaign office. Clueless Charlie seems to have forgotten that he was elected to public office to serve his constituents, not to use his position to solicit self-serving political perks. As Warren Buffett once said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” Let’s hope Congressman Rangel gets a clue…soon.


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