The clock ticks for Rep. Charlie Rangel
Trying to elicit a modicum of sympathy as he arrived at the Capitol today, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) invoked his storied military service. "Sixty years ago I survived a Chinese attack in North Korea, and as a result I haven't had a bad day since," Rangel told reporters. "But today I have to reassess that statement." In case you didn’t get the little inside messaging, “And I Haven’t Had A Bad Day Since: From the Streets of Harlem to the Halls of Congress” is the name of Rangel’s 2007 book about his life.
At 1:00 p.m. today, a hearing of the House Ethics Committee will effectively write an epilogue to that tome. As Paul Kane notes in his post on judgment day for Rangel, the session “will effectively serve as an arraignment, in which the prosecution -- a four-member team that was the investigative subcommittee -- presents the charges against Rangel.” These charges will be read whether or not Rangel and the committee come to a settlement. According to the New York Post, he's balking at admitting fault in soliciting funds for his eponymous center at City College of New York. So, no matter what happens, Rangel’s bad day begins in less than two hours.
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