Charlie Gets A Wrist Slap

You know, most people who failed to pay taxes for 17 years would spend some time in Federal prison.

Charles Rangel censured on House floor

As the House of Representatives began debating censuring Charles Rangel there was still much in the balance.However, a vote was called and passed, and as the Post reported:

The House of Representatives on Thursday voted 333-79 to censure Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) for violations of tax and fundraising rules, the first time in nearly 30 years that the House has considered such a severe punishment for one of its own.

The historic proceedings began shortly after 4 p.m., with the House chamber nearly full. The first speaker was Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House ethics committtee, which investigated Rangel and recommended he receive Congress’s second-most severe punishment.

See also:
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Rangel statement to the House after censure vote

So, that’s it, Charlie has to stand there for a couple minutes while Pelosi says some words, he has to pay the taxes he owes anyway, and everyone goes on their merry way like nothing happened. That’s supposed to be punishment?

/how do you shame a shameless politician?

Drain The Swamp Watch

Will he stay or will he go? Charlie Rangel is the gift that keeps on giving . . . to the GOP.

Dems keep distance from Rangel

Several Democrats facing competitive elections began distancing themselves Tuesday from embattled New York Rep. Charles Rangel as a potentially damaging hearing on whether he violated House ethics rules drew near.

As Rangel’s lawyers tried to negotiate a settlement to avoid a public ethics trial — set to begin Thursday — Democrats attempted to shift focus away from vulnerable lawmakers under pressure from GOP challengers over the Rangel controversy.

“I think everyone would like to have it go away in the sense that this is not a pleasant process,” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md. Hoyer was peppered with questions about Rangel at a news conference designed to detail the party’s message for the upcoming recess period in August.

An ethics subcommittee charged Rangel, a Democrat, with unspecified violations July 22 after an 18-month investigation into his fundraising, taxes and financial disclosure statements. The charges will be unveiled at the hearing — the first step in a process unfolding before the midterm elections.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., chairwoman of the House ethics committee, denied that lawmakers were working on a plea deal with Rangel to avoid a trial. She told the Associated Press that Rangel’s lawyers are negotiating with the committee’s non-partisan staff.

If the negotiations result in an agreement, the committee could vote to accept it at the meeting this week.

See also:
House Panel Charges Rangel With Ethics Violations
Panel hits N.Y.’s Rangel with ethics violations
Jim Traficant’s trying times of 2002 could be repeated for Rep. Charles Rangel
Rangel seeks plea agreement to avoid ethics trial
Rangel in a sleaze squeeze
Rangel Settlement Talks Continue
Rangel Scrambling to Make Deal on Ethics Charges
Dean: Ethics Charges Could Get Rangel ‘Thrown Out of Congress’
Rangel Maintains Innocence; Admits Controversy Has Taken Its Toll
Rangel: More Alleged Violations, Still Optimistic
Charles B. Rangel
Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.)
Charles B. Rangel
Committee on Standards of Official Conduct
United States House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct

Remember when Nancy Pelosi vowed to drain the swamp and run the most ethical Congress ever? Well, how’s that working out? Apparently the swamp doesn’t want to be drained. Fight on Charlie, fight on!

/big, huge bonus for Republicans if there’s a public Charlie Rangel ethics trail in the House this Fall, going into the midterm elections