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House Republican Ad Exploits Rangel's Ethics Problems

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.

(The NRCC is up with a second ad in Pennsylvania's 3rd district that hits Democrat Kathy Dahlkemper for her "wacky ideas." Dahlkemper is challenging Republican Rep. Phil English.)

Rangel has been scuffling politically for weeks -- buffeted by revelations that he had not reported or paid taxes on $70,000 of income from a rental property in the Dominican Republic and that he was living in (and running an office out of) three rent-controlled apartments in Harlem.

In an election cycle in which there have been few opportunities for Republicans to take the offensive, the party's House strategists have jumped at the chance to turn the theme of "culture of corruption" against their Democratic rivals.

The NRCC has hammered Rangel and Democrats with financial ties to him, and the House GOP leadership has called on Rangel to step aside as chairman of Ways and Means. (Rangel has resisted those calls to date.)

Will the "Rangel strategy" work? Hard to say.

On the one hand, people are ready to believe almost anything negative about Congress. And, judging from Republican losses last cycle, the "culture of corruption" argument does have saliency with voters.

On the other, it's hard to imagine that anyone outside of New York -- or maybe the Northeast corridor -- knows who Rangel is. Do voters in Green Bay care about Kagen's ties to some congressman they have never heard of? (If Aaron Rodgers or even Jim VandeHei came out against Kagen, now that would be a problem.)

What do you think? Will the ad work?

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 30, 2008; 4:00 PM ET
Categories:  House  
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Posted by: hclark1 | October 1, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Few things more pathetic than someone begging for people to join their dismal blog.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 1, 2008 8:22 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: 37thandOStreet | October 1, 2008 7:01 AM | Report abuse

Got anything on Wacko Michelle Bachmann blaming the financial mess on "minorities?"

Posted by: FlownOver | October 1, 2008 1:51 AM | Report abuse

Listen carefully to this 8 minute video from a hearing committee meeting from 2004. It is pretty clear as to who is to blame. Quite an eye opener.

In their own words covering up the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac and Economic Crisis.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MGT_cSi7Rs

Posted by: xvwvwvwvwvwvwvwvwvwvwx | October 1, 2008 1:24 AM | Report abuse

This is the problem: Rangel should resign Clinton should have resigned - these DEMOCRATS should resign when clearly they engage in these kinds of activities.


Instead the DEMOCRATIC PARTY SUPPORTS THESE GUYS


What does that tell you about the Democrats? The Democrats want all these people to get away with everything.


THAT ONLY ENCOURAGES WORSE BEHAVIOR.


PERIOD. GET RID OF THE DEMOCRATS WHO REFUSE TO KEEP THEIR OWN PEOPLE CLEAN.

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Posted by: 37thandOStreet | September 30, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Just watched the Tuesday segment on CBS. She never answered a question and just rambled on as though she didn't even understand the questions. When asked about the day after pill she dodged around not able to answer. It became obvious she didn't exactly know what the day after pill was. It is hard to tell what interview is worse. She seems to not be able to keep her mouth closed. On thursday I can guarantee she will not know what to do with the two minutes. Once she uses up her memorized talking points she will ramble in incoherently. She has yet not to do it so there is no reason under the pressure Thursday she will not babble on.

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Well, not as bad as advertised, but still universes away from being competent for a national leadership position. Given that there will be no back-and-forth or follow-up questions at the debate (Media gone soft again), she may do ok on Thursday. No doubt the right will sing her praises and the left will roll their eyes. She's damaged goods already. And McCain is just making it worse....she's beginning to look better than he! LOL.

What's just unimaginable is how the Republican party is gutted. From Bush to McCain to every Republican who voted for this bill..they are all betraying the Republican principles.

So ironic given their history...they're pretty much no different than Democrats now.

Posted by: wpost4112 | September 30, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Just watched the Tuesday segment on CBS. She never answered a question and just rambled on as though she didn't even understand the questions. When asked about the day after pill she dodged around not able to answer. It became obvious she didn't exactly know what the day after pill was. It is hard to tell what interview is worse. She seems to not be able to keep her mouth closed. On thursday I can guarantee she will not know what to do with the two minutes. Once she uses up her memorized talking points she will ramble in incoherently. She has yet not to do it so there is no reason under the pressure Thursday she will not babble on.

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Meanwhile, the latest Palin interview with Katie Couric (with John McCain by her side, holding her hand, in case Katie does not lob a softball) gets shredded by Jack Cafferty again.

Cafferty's comments are priceless, as are his original comments, calling her pathetic.

I have both videos up right now.

Check them out at:
http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/09/jack-cafferty-rips-palin-again-on-2nd.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | September 30, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: popasmoke | September 30, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Here's a good story for the Rangel watchers. See

http://writingfrontier.com/2008/09/12/the-little-things/

Posted by: jheubusch | September 30, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Actually the most shocking portion of the speech was the Forgiveness part - coming from Torricelli who was the most RUTHLESS AND UNFORGIVING PERSON TO EVER BE IN CONGRESS.


Torricelli was one of the most self-centered and evil men in politics.


Torricelli is the one who had no credibility on the way out the door - and for Torricelli again to say that David Chang was a liar when NBC News showed the EVIDENCE on television the night before was a complete joke.


Torricelli had many other scandals.


Clearly the Torricelli situation was several different scandals converging on Torricelli at once - he deserved every one of them - plus there were other allegations which people were urging the FBI and Department of Justice to investigate. Believe me Torricelli was a disturbed and sick man who should have never been allowed to hold public office in the first place - you can blame his own democratic party for not getting rid of him earlier in his career when they had several chances to support other candidates.


The pathetic nature of the democratic party led to Torricelli's rise.


In addition, one has to take notice that the democratic party officials CHOSE TO SIT BY AND DO NOTHING FOR YEARS WHEN ALLEGATION AFTER ALLEGATION CONCERNING TORRICELLI TURNED UP. Harry Reid in particular chose to look the other way when allegations came to his office.


CLEARLY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS UNWILLING OR UNABLE TO PLACE FORTH TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE RESPECTABLE AND SOLID CANDIDATES FOR PUBLIC OFFICE.


The lesson should be: the democratic party should get rid of their officials when it is clear that allegations are true - instead they have no mechanism and they always look the other way - the democratic party is at fault.


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Posted by: 37thandOStreet | September 30, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

oho!

Ohio is now for Obama by TWO!

Zouk must have had a little hershey-squirt on that one.

Virginia for Obama by 6.

Guess MCSame just ain't doin it....nor is Paleface.

OHIO....by TWO!

GObama!

Posted by: wpost4112 | September 30, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Won't work. Not in today's internet-fueled world. It's preaching to the choir...won't affect Indies. Hillary tried it against Obama and it backfired, big time.

Repubs just prove they are not to be trusted and can only campaign dirty.

Will help Obama as well.

Posted by: wpost4112 | September 30, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, the latest Palin interview with Katie Couric (with John McCain by her side, holding her hand, in case Katie does not lob a softball) gets shredded by Jack Cafferty again.

Cafferty's comments are priceless, as are his original comments, calling her pathetic.

I have both videos up right now.

Check them out at:
http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/09/jack-cafferty-rips-palin-again-on-2nd.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | September 30, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

In the Washington swamp, having a tax cheat like Rangle head the House Ways & Means Tax Panel is probably considered normal and acceptable politics-as-usual. Once again, "Impeachment-is-off-the-table" Pelosi has failed the American people by allowing this crook to remain committee chairman over YOUR taxes! Now that's "Change you can deceive in".

Voters can be hopeful that The Real American Team of McCain-Palin will clean up this cesspool and restore common sense and ethical behavior.

On the other hand, what would you expect plagiarist-joe biden, a 30+ year Beltway politics-as-usual parasite and the poster-boy for all that is rotten with Washington, to do?

To deflect attention from his tax crimes Rangle has been rolling in the mud with his fellow d-crats and throwing a bit of slime at Sara Palin. A very clear example of how totally pathetic the d-crats are in every respect.

Remember Rangle's motto: "You pay taxes so I don't have to."

Posted by: ImpeachNOW | September 30, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Your headline should be:

House Republican Ad Exploits Rangel's Race

Posted by: jwharding | September 30, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

So the NRCC runs its ad about an obscure but very black congressman in a virtually all-white district in Wisconsin.

Ya think race has anything to do with this?

Before you answer that read this story about Green Bay in yesterday's paper "Union Leaders Confronted with Resistance to Obama"

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/29/us/politics/29labor.html?scp=1&sq=mike%20pyne&st=cse

Wake up, folks. The NRCC will stoop to anything. Gotta respect them for that.

Posted by: jwharding | September 30, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Let's see - under Republican leadership and policies the Taliban have spent the past 6 years regaining their foothold in Afghanistan and are poised to take back the capital, the surge in Iraq has turned out to be an escalation, the economy is in full meltdown mode, the top 10% of the population is richer than it has ever been while Rupert Murdoch / Fox News tells the rest of us to get used to a lower standard of living...my biggest complaint about Rangel is that like most Democrats he is obviously a rank amateur. We have been conned and robbed by the biggest and the best - Cheney, Bush and their peeps. Democrats probably did not even take notes.

Posted by: justathought3 | September 30, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Aaron Rodgers? How quickly they forget!

Posted by: MoreAndBetterPolls | September 30, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Rangel:

This could be happening to your constituents... maybe even to you:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/targeting-u-s-citizens-govt-agencies-root-cause-wall-street-financial-crisis OR
members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | September 30, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

you quote a republican as saying Democrats have "irresponsible economic policies." How can any sane journalist repeat such a quote and not laugh out loud after these same Republicans just defeated a bill designed to save our economy? CC, there are far more important issues here than TV ads.

Posted by: freedom41 | September 30, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Chris: Why are you stoking the flames of partisanship, Bro?

Don't know what to expect from Obama, except he will most certainly keep his cool and continue apearing presidential and above the fray

Mccain is in a tight spot, painted himself into a corner and will do whatever it takes to lift his campaign up from the gutter, unless Palin sinks it again Thursday. He looks as though he's likely to blow an "O" ring at any second. Barring that Palin almost-certainty on Thursday, McCain will pull out all the stops as a matter of political survival and relevance. If he loses the campaign, his stature as a republican leader is severly eroded, particularly so after the debacle of parachuting in to DC to save the day, claiming credit for delivering the bailout, only to have his party vote no on the measure later in the day. Disaster.

I will say this about McCain's predicament: We all better get our hip waders out, the BS is gonna fly now for sure.

Posted by: jfern03 | September 30, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

He is a typical democratic blowhard.
blaming the 'big oil' monster for
all the evils of the world.
Taking credit for every sunny day.
His ramble about the 'mold' in
his washington office showed how
self absorbed the good doctor is.

Posted by: USA3 | September 30, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I doubt the ads will be effective. In my state, incumbent Senator Coleman has ads criticizing challenger Franken for being a pottymouth. So what? There's a meltdown in the financial markets, and Senator Coleman wants to talk about Franken's tasteless jokes? He's hurting himself by demonstrating misplaced priorities.

I could see a similar effect in WI, with the anti-Rangel ads.

Posted by: bsimon1 | September 30, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Sweet, Kagen is an embarrassment,
Along with Herb Kohl, they prove
money is all you need, common sense
is not needed in washington.
Good Ridance' Dr.Kagen

Posted by: USA3 | September 30, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

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