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House Republican Ad Exploits Rangel's Ethics Problems

By Chris Cillizza in The Fix:

House Republicans have launched an ad attacking a freshman Wisconsin Democrat over his ties to embattled Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel (N.Y.), the first of a series of attempts to use Rangel's ongoing ethics woes as an anchor around the necks of vulnerable Democratic incumbents.

The ad -- the first from the National Republican Congressional Committee -- hits Rep. Steve Kagen (Wis.) as having "found a friend in corrupt New York City Congressman Charlie Rangel." The evidence? The $16,000 in donations that Kagen took from Rangel, and the alleged quid pro quo that led Kagen to support a $2 million earmark for a "personal office and library" for Rangel. Kagen is facing a rematch against state Rep. John Gard; Kagen beat Gard 51 percent to 49 percent.)

Ken Spain, a spokesman for the NRCC, predicted there would be many more ads tying targeted Democratic incumbents to Rangel in the final five weeks before the election. "Whether it is their support for irresponsible economic policies, opposition to drilling, or stashing thousands in campaign donations from Charlie Rangel, we plan to hold Democrats accountable in the run-up to Election Day," said Spain.

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By Ed O'Keefe |  September 30, 2008; 4:53 PM ET Ad Watch , Congress
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Charlie Rangel is the type of politician who drove me to leave New York City. He is the personification of all that has driven the middle class out of that unfortunate town and he and his associates should feel the wrath of the voters this November. Those who are on the take from him, including my Congressman, Tim Mahoney, should be made accountable for their actions. They made someone Chairman of the committee which writes the tax laws but doesn't observe them--a Democ-rat Party tradition. After all, this is the Party that wsrote the sexual harassment laws and kept the prime breaker of thos laws in the Presidency of the United States. The Democ-rat Party is permeated with corruption, from Barak Obama's ACORN loading the voting rolls with the dead to William Jefferson (not Clinton) with $90,000 of the $100,000 bribe the FBI gave him in his freezer. The Republican challengers to these enablers of corruption should have no hesitancy in using the corruption of their opponents against them. They would do the same were they in a position to do so and actually did two years ago. Go get 'em, GOP!

Posted by: David S. Levine | September 30, 2008 8:58 PM

In Response to Monsieur David Levine, I would like to remind his holiness and perfection that while he correctly believes that some Democrats are guilty of crimes of money and sex, he also fails to acknowledge that the biggest sex scandals of all came in 2006 and 2007, respectively, when Congressman Mark Foley exposed his pedophilic tendencies, and Larry Craig exposed his lamentable prostitution fetish.

Given the choice between someone who occasionally enjoys the company of a prostitute (Democrats Bill Clinton, Mark Spitzer), and someone who actually IS a prostitute (Larry Craig), I'd pick the former, any day.

And let's not even get started on the Right Wing Deregulation crusade.

Posted by: Hello There! | September 30, 2008 11:26 PM

Sorry, when it comes to immorality, perversion and corruption the Democrats win the Gold Medal. When a Republican is found to be no good, he is gone instantly. Democrats stick up for and re-elect their trash. I will never forget during the Katrina disaster watching the young National Guard members patiently waiting outside Congressman Jefferson's house with a helicopter, as he was arrogantly taking his time, packing his ill gotten gains into his suitcases. Democrats have no shame. And Jefferson is still in Congress. Disgraceful.

Posted by: joInAmerica | October 1, 2008 12:06 AM

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