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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.

By Jonathan Capehart  | July 29, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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It's amazing that only in Washington can someone Cheat on $500K taxes, break laws about owning "rent controlled" housing and numerous other things that send many normal americans to jail every day and journalists think a pol losing his chairmanship is frightful punishment. Rangel and all other Pols (from any party) pulling similar stunts are nothing more then crooks in the same vein as Matoff and should be treated identically, even if journalists like them.

Posted by: kcless | July 29, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

to Mr Capehart; ALL,

as i said on another thread about Congress-critter Rangel, WHY are we bothering to "investigate" him in Congress?

IF there is ANY actual EVIDENCE of these violations of state/federal LAWS, he should be:
1. indicted for whatever crimes may have been committed,
2. tried by a jury of his peers in NYC and/or the local Federal District Court
3. (if convicted by one or more juries) FINED and IMPRISONED for a LONG TIME!

otherwise, everyone from the Congress to "talk radio", network/cable TV "news", "the print media" & in the halls of Congress should just "SHUT UP" about it!

fyi, i'm a retired city/county/state/federal peace officer (of nearly 4 decades "pinned to the badge") & former SDUSM & the courts CAN do this task, with a LOT less cost, idle chit-chat, common gossip & "fuss & bother".

NOTE: can anyone here remember an ACTUAL case of Congress accomplishing anything POSITIVE in a similar "ethics investigation"?
(what i remember is a lot of bickering, political posturing, "prepared statements","BIG TALK" & errant NONSENSE but NOTHING of actual importance.)

just my opinion.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | July 29, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart, why do you and your colleagues ignore ethics violations of Mr. Fred Hiatt, Ms. Jo-Ann Armao, and the full editorial board for printing an editorial reply which I did not write or approve? Where is your courage to condemn the unethical conduct of Mr. Hiatt and Ms. Armao? Why the double standard?

Robert Vinson Brannum

Posted by: robert158 | July 29, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

This is why I vote for Democrats while pinching my nose in disgust. It's a choice between Democratic crooks, or totally delusional Republican crooks. The only thing I like more about Democrats is they at least appear to be rational, unlike wing nut Republicans. It's a sad state of affairs if the main appeal of a party is that they have a better handle on reality why they are busy committing crimes than the other side does. It's doddering, old influence peddling crooks like Rangel that are ruining this country. There are just as many on the Republican side.

Posted by: Candressuhmoose | July 29, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

It makes no difference what Rep. Charles Rangle did twenty yeras ago and what Democrat Charles Rengal is trying to get away with now. He is a disgrace to the Democratic Party and the United States and a lieing sack of you know what.

Posted by: rvaw120 | July 29, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Somewhere beyond that unknowable void that separates we mere mortals from eternity, Adam Clayton Powell - you may be absolutely certain - is laughing.

Tom Degan
Goshen NY

Posted by: tomdeganfrontiernetnet | July 30, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

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