November 16, 2010

"Rangel Convicted of 12 Ethics Violations."

"The convictions cast a cloud over the half-century political career of Mr. Rangel, an 80-year-old Democrat who was recently reelected to a 21st term representing Harlem and who was the longtime head of the House Ways and Means Committee."

The consequence of this conviction will be "a letter of reprimand or formal censure," not expulsion.

38 comments:

Expat(ish) said...

Ways and means indeed.

-XC

MadisonMan said...

If they're not expelling him, why don't they just have the whole House wag their fingers at him?

The Drill SGT said...

so when does he face a NYC trial or an IRS lien?

SteveR said...

That'll drain the swamp...

Scott M said...

"Off with 'is 'ead" wasn't an option, I take it?

Pogo said...

Should he commit such offences again, they will be forced to write him another letter.

AllenS said...

Mr. Rangel, shame on you! There, that ought to take care of the problem.

shoutingthomas said...

His district will undoubtedly re-elect him in 2012.

He brings home the pork.

avwh said...

So he'll get 50 lashes with a wet noodle of his choosing (quite an "ethics commission" you got there, Pelosi).

And when he runs for re-election, he'll get an extra 5% of the votes just for having been "convicted".

Joe said...

(The Crypto Jew)

Should he commit such offences again, they will be forced to write him another letter.

A STERNLY WORDED, letter, thank you very much…let’s don’t down play the severity of the punishment.

Hagar said...

Dedicated "Black" districts are an invitation to machine politics and tends to further marginalize Black people rather than to serve their interests.

traditionalguy said...

And if he does it again they will say no, no, bad boy; and then ask for his votes to help them steal some more tax Loot.

EDH said...

The consequence of this conviction will be "a letter of reprimand or formal censure," not expulsion.

"Well reprimand that you butt-fucking piece of shit!"

Hoosier Daddy said...

If they're not expelling him, why don't they just have the whole House wag their fingers at him?

That's basically what they're doing.

Jim said...


He brings home the pork.


That only depends on how serious Republicans are about enforcing their earmark ban.

If they get serious, A LOT of these guys who constantly get re-elected because of all the pork they bring home could be in serious trouble.

You'd think that it shouldn't matter which side of the political aisle you sit upon: good government is good government.

shoutingthomas said...

Dedicated "Black" districts are an invitation to machine politics and tends to further marginalize Black people rather than to serve their interests.

This is quite a twisted statement.

Black people keep voting for Rangel.

They will vote for him again.

Seems they like what he does. I suspect that they know what serves their interests.

Original Mike said...

If they're not expelling him, why don't they just have the whole House wag their fingers at him?

I think they should install stocks in the well of the House.

Not sure I'm kidding.

Scott M said...

So he's convicted. When does sentencing take place? Any way to procedurally gimp it so that he gets his comeuppance after Jan 21?

Triangle Man said...

At least there is some fresh blood coming in. Although Andy Harris is walking awfully close to the hypocrisy traps asking why he has to wait a month for government health care to kick in.

Comrade X said...

Take us to RacismCon 5 and get SAC on the horn.

Larry J said...

Rangel will receive the mildest of hand-slaps and no doubt profuse apologies behind the scenes. After all, why should he be held to the same standards as ordinary people? He's special!

JAY said...

Hahaha, in other news:

Dejected Democrats wiped away tears on the House floor Monday night while Republicans congratulated themselves on winning back control of the lower chamber.

Awe, poor babies!

Drew said...

The consequence of this conviction will be "a letter of reprimand or formal censure," not expulsion.

Washington always protects its own.

I'm not sure how we can get rid of these entrenched politicians. If stuff like this doesn't result in expulsion, why even bother to have ethics investigations.

Is it to the point where we need the torches and pitchforks?

murgatroyd666 said...

The convictions cast a cloud over the half-century political career of Mr. Rangel ...

"Cast a cloud"? Jebus. What does it take to actually expose him as a crook to the New York Times?

"The convictions cast a cloud over the culinary career of Mr. Dahmer ..."

holdfast said...

Who wants to start a "Draft Charles Payne" movement. He's from Harlem, has sound fiscal ideas and lots of visibility on FBC. He's a polished speaker and seems like a genuinely good guy. He did admit voting for Obama, but I'll let it slide.

stevenehrbar said...

You want some hardball politics? Imagine Boehner scheduling a Rangel expulsion vote for September 2012, bringing Rangel into the headlines as the election approaches, with attack ads ready to roll against anyone who votes against expulsion.

Yeah. Now tell me why the Democrats aren't expelling his ass now, given we know his district will assuredly elect a D to fill the job anyway.

ak said...

I'm sure that the guilt he feels is worse punishment than anything Congress can do to him.

Rolls eyes.

paul a'barge said...

11 not 12

Clyde said...

"Cast a cloud"? Oh, please! That cloud's been there for a loooooooong time!

edutcher said...

And keep in mind, this is the Democrats doing this.

jr565 said...

Most ethical congress in history my ass. Unless most ethical means most prone to bribery and chicanery. Then yes, the most ethical.

Hagar said...

In 1949-50 a nice young man named Charles Rangel was freezing his ass off up on the line in Korea.

Today, good ol' "Cholly" Rangel needs to take a good look in the mirror and see what he has become. An old fat-cat pol from Harlem with a diamond on his pinkie.

Hagar said...

I don't know what is with these guys. Dan Rostenkowski went to jail for sticking his fingers in the stamp drawer, and I think the amount involved even was smaller than what "Good Ol' Cholly" is charged with.

chr1 said...

"Most ethical congress in history my ass. Unless most ethical means most prone to bribery and chicanery. Then yes, the most ethical."

Whoa, there's some social science research to back that up, and they've found the ethics gene. Apparently readers of the Times are born with it.

PETER V. BELLA said...

They will just censure him and do what Democrats always do- move on. He should be indicted! It would be fitting for his 40 years of pillaging the public.

Methadras said...

As I said, they will and did nothing. Just an oopsie and nothing to see here.

William said...

Maxine Waters is Charles Rangel without the good nature and heroism. If you want to see how bad it can get, wait til you see her Joan of Arc performance.

Turtledove said...

Imagine if Rangel was an old, white Republican.