Rangel Charged with ethics violations.



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While Rangle was chair of the House ways and Means everyone tiptoe around him, Once he resigned the gloves could come off.
 

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While Rangle was chair of the House ways and Means everyone tiptoe around him, Once he resigned the gloves could come off.
He is still technically chair, he stepped aside for the duration of the investigation and one assumes that this will remain as long as he is being charged.
 

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I seem to recall another Ways & Means chairman ( Rostenkowski ) having breached ethics legislation. He ended up losing his seat to a Republican unknown in the Democratic wipeout of '94
 

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I seem to recall another Ways & Means chairman ( Rostenkowski ) having breached ethics legislation. He ended up losing his seat to a Republican unknown in the Democratic wipeout of '94
Rangel has held his seat for 40 years but is facing his most difficult race in years. It is not inconceivable that he loose his seat this November.
 

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Rangel has held his seat for 40 years but is facing his most difficult race in years. It is not inconceivable that he loose his seat this November.
Rangel represents Harlem though? Hard to see a GOP breakthrough here. Rostenkowski's district was different, more blue collar/white in Chicago
 

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Rangel represents Harlem though? Hard to see a GOP breakthrough here. Rostenkowski's district was different, more blue collar/white in Chicago
True, however it would have been a gift to his primary challenger. The prospect of a televised trial in front of his congressional peers when he should be out shaking hands and asking for votes is not good though.
 

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Good God this frigging woman:

Pelosi considering rewriting ethics rules - TheHill.com

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has privately indicated she is willing to rewrite some of the ethics rules that House Democrats implemented two years ago.

Pelosi late last month met with members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) about the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), which was created to bolster the ethics of the lower chamber.
Way to undermine to process you idiot.
 

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Luke (young son of the late Tim) Russet asked Rangel if he was afraid of loosing his seat. Rangel just blew him off telling him that it was a stupid question and that the young reporter was trying to make a name for himself. Obviously Rangel had no idea who Russet is, he is making a name in his own right with MSNBC. Rangel is an obnoxious *************************.
 

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This guy just can't lose. The poster boy for term limits, a democratic congressman from Harlem with over 40 years in Congress. Despite redistricting in which NY lost two congressional seats and Rangel picked up an a new largely Dominican area ( one of his opponents was Dominican), his censure by Congress and the refusal of former President Clinton and current President Obama to endorse him, he still won the Democratic Congressional primary.

Charles Rangel Overcomes Early Hole, Grabs Comfortable Lead In Democratic Congressional Primary « CBS New York
 

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Rangel won this one partly because of a divided opposition and partly because of redistricting. Rangel won with 45% while the other four challengers received 39%, 10%, 3% and 1%. Had Rangel been facing a challenge from a single Hispanic Democrat its likely he would have lost. In addition redistricting moved almost all of the Upper West Side out of his district and into Jerrold Nadler's, where the white liberals would have been likely to vote against the ethics plagued Rangel. Also keep in mind that while the Dominicans in Upper Manhattan make up a majority of the Voting Age population they don't come out en masse to vote in primaries in the like blacks and whites, at least not yet (not to mention the fact that Rangel's strongest challenger, Adrano Espaillat, has had some ethics woes himself).

It will be interesting to see whether Rangel will serve out the remainder of his term, especially if the GOP retains control of the House this year. Word on the street is that Rangel may step down early 2013 after the primary date in order to ensure that Assemblyman Keith Wright (who also happens to be the head of the Manhattan Democratic Party) is annointed his succesor without opposition. Apparently Tammany Hall lives on in Harlem.
 

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On a lighter note, at least black supremacist and Mugabe/Gaddafi admirer Charles Barron lost big to Hakeem Jeffries in Brooklyn yesterday.
 

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On a lighter note, at least black supremacist and Mugabe/Gaddafi admirer Charles Barron lost big to Hakeem Jeffries in Brooklyn yesterday.

Indeed, good news, there was a real worry that Barron might win.
 

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NYCKY, one other thing to keep in mind from yesterdays results. All the city Democratic congressional candidates with primaries who were endorsed by Andrew Cuomo won yesterday: Rangel, Jeffries, Grace Meng in Queens and Nydia Velazquez in the Brooklyn-Queens-Manhattan 7th district. Could Cuomo be playing kingmaker here for a potential presidential run in 2016? It sure seems like it.
 

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NYCKY, one other thing to keep in mind from yesterdays results. All the city Democratic congressional candidates with primaries who were endorsed by Andrew Cuomo won yesterday: Rangel, Jeffries, Grace Meng in Queens and Nydia Velazquez in the Brooklyn-Queens-Manhattan 7th district. Could Cuomo be playing kingmaker here for a potential presidential run in 2016? It sure seems like it.
I was very surprised when I saw that Cuomo heartily endorsed Rangel but like you say, I am sure that is more to do with domestic state politics than anything else.

Typically, second term governors of the large states become automatic Presidential timbre and I expect that should Cuomo be reelected in 2014 (which he should) than he will run for President in 2016. As the former NY State Attorney General and a Cabinet Secretary to Clinton in HUD he does have a formidable resume.

Cuomo stood aside to let Hillary run for Senate in 2000, he stood aside in 2002 to let Carl McCall run for Governor and avoid splitting the African American vote and he stood aside in 2006 to let Spitzer run for Governor. I think he is probably done standing aside for others and will make his own run in 2016 regardless of who else runs.
 

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Luke (young son of the late Tim) Russet asked Rangel if he was afraid of loosing his seat. Rangel just blew him off telling him that it was a stupid question and that the young reporter was trying to make a name for himself. Obviously Rangel had no idea who Russet is, he is making a name in his own right with MSNBC. Rangel is an obnoxious *************************.
Whilst no fan of Rangel, I have no doubt he is fully aware, who Tim Russert is.
 

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It appears that this race is not over yet. Things are getting murkier.

Nearly two full days have passed since Rep. Charlie Rangel’s Democratic primary and the outcome is only getting cloudier.
The results from the Associated Press are stuck in a holding pattern, with 94 percent of precincts reporting – exactly where things stood Wednesday. According to the AP, Rangel’s lead remains 44 percent to 41 percent, with 1,032 votes separating the top two candidates.
Rangel race gets murkier - POLITICO.com
 

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As of today, Rangel's lead is down to 802 votes. Many of the precincts where Espaillat had strong support did not report their totals; in addition there are the 2,000 absentee ballots that have yet to be counted. One would think that 12 years after the 2000 election, these ballot box issues would be rectified nationwide.

Smart money still favors the machine...but not by as much.
 


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