Four years ago Nancy Pelosi said:
“Democrats intend to lead the most honest, the most open and the most ethical Congress in history.”
And instead we have been treated to four years of corruption….The latest and greatest?:
The charges against Rangel include allegations that he sought donations from companies such as New York Life Insurance Co., American International Group Inc., and private foundations related to such businesses as AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc., to help fund construction of an academic facility carrying his name. He obtained $8 million in donations for the Charles Rangel Center for Public Service at City College of New York.~~~
Rangel, 80, is accused of improperly using the official House stationary letterhead to send more than 100 solicitation letters to potential donors that were prepared by his staff during their workday. Enclosed was a 20-page “glossy brochure” that requested a $30 million donation over five years or $6 million a year, according to the 40-page charging document released by the ethics committee.
Which he is choosing to fight instead of taking a plea deal…not a good thing for the Democrats and that makes me smile.
“I think Charlie Rangel served a very long time and served– his constituents very well. But these– allegations are very troubling,” Obama told Harry Smith in an interview to be aired on the “Early Show.” and first broadcast on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.
“And he’ll– he’s somebody who’s at the end of his career. Eighty years old. I’m sure that– what he wants is to be able to– end his career with dignity. And my hope is that– it happens.”
And Charlie is none to happy about that kiss:
[A] person close to the Rangel tells POLITICO the embattled Democrat “doesn’t give a damn about what the president thinks about this” and won’t step down
But wait kiddies….it gets better!
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has chosen to go through an ethics trial, like the one lined up for New York Rep. Charles Rangel, rather than accepting charges made by an ethics subcommittee, a source familiar with the process tells POLITICO.
The back-to-back trials of a pair of black lawmakers represent an unprecedented use of an ethics adjudication system that has rarely been used by House members accused of breaking House rules.
Waters’ case revolves around allegations that she improperly intervened with federal regulators to help a bank that her husband owned stock in and on whose board he once served.
Can you guess what the response is going to be about Charlie and Maxine?
Yup, you guessed it:
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have complained that the OCE has unfairly and disproportionately targeted them, and many have signed onto a legislative effort to de-fang the office.
Now, as I said above…this all confirms what we have known for many years about the Democrats in charge and while I don’t think either Waters or Rangel are much smarter then a bag of rocks I have a sneeking suspicion that in their wormy little minds this they believe this to be a legitimate tactic to drive black voter turnout in November.
If it is, I don’t think it will work, since this election will be local in nature but I wouldn’t past these two to have this in mind.