Skip to comments.City Lawmakers Rally Around Embattled Rep. Rangel ("Leave tax-cheat Charlie the hell alone!")
Posted on 09/13/2009 7:56:07 AM PDT by Libloather
City Lawmakers Rally Around Embattled Rep. Rangel
Sep 13, 2009 10:04 am US/Eastern
NEW YORK (CBS) - City lawmakers are rallying around Congressman Charles Rangel as the House Ethics Committee looks into his finances.
Supporters say everyone needs to wait before passing judgment. There were dozens of voices Saturday, many of them local politicians, pleading for patience.
"We ask for fairness," City Council member Inez Dickens said.
"We want to expose the truth," councilwoman Melissa Mark Viverito said.
Many of the demonstrators were livid.
"Leave Charlie the hell alone!" Reverend Reggie Williams, of the American Red Cross, said.
All of the protesters were asking for the public to withhold judgment on Rangel until comment first comes from the ethics committee.
"Let the process move forward, unimpeded, but we will not allow for a witch hunt," Assembly member Adriano Espaillat said.
"I mean, he hasn't bought them he made a contribution to them," Hazel Dukes, of the NAACP, said. "They're his colleagues. They make contributions all the time."
Republican colleagues and the Washington Post have now called for Rangel's resignation.
"He's come under attack," assembly member Keith Wright said.
But Rangel's defenders say that's worse than passing sentence before a verdict.
"Our congressman is a victim of a smear campaign!" Espaillat said.
Governor Paterson wasn't at the rally because of a scheduling conflict, but he says he fully supports Rangel as well. There's still no word on why Rangel himself wasn't present.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she will not give in to public demands for Rangel's removal as head of the House Ways and Means Committee.
That's not up to you, dink.
They all should be investigated by the FBI.
Keep messing with Good Time Charlie and we’ll send Serena
Williams to your house with a tennis ball!
I got it.
White guys saying “nappy headed ho” or “You lie!” hve got to go.
But a consistent hypocritical tax cheat who happens to be their same skin color? Nawwwww . .why, that’s racism.
I say whoever is giving Rangel a pass on his tax problems should also be investigated. The IRS needs to start looking into all the politicians who come to the defense of a tax cheat! If Rangel is innocent then the investigation will conclude so.
The Pelosidiot wants Wilson to apologize, but protects this slime mold.
THIS is the democratic party in action.
welcome to the “world of acorn-nism”
Present at WHAT? A fund raiser? Party? A tax-cheat Charlie rally? Some kind of RAT meeting? It's never stated.
The corruption in the system is so bad, sometimes I wonder if it’s even possible to reform it. I like Glenn Beck, but I think his idea to “quarantine” the corruption is a bit naive. And good luck getting 56 “refounders”. I wish I were not so pessimistic, but some days I think we’ve passed the tipping point where we can reform the system by working within it. Our fundamental government system is extremely sound, but it has been effectively dismantled.
Hey where is that guy on the that video where he cries and says leave Brittany spears alone? We need him to do a redo on Charlie! HA!
The funny part of this story is that New York City thinks it is more moral and intelligent than are Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Washington DC or Baltimore (for starters).
A.black; B:pay no taxes; C:stupid; D:All of the above.
We have choices!
I liken this to “Divine right of Kings”. Do these people really belive they are above the law? Do they believe they can “fight” the voters? Something is terribly wrong here. These people do not decide who stays. We do!
“LEAVE CHARLIE ALONE! pULEEZ, LEAVE THE MAN ALONE”
(Sobs, crying, tearing of hair in background).
Just wrote my Congress Critter again about Rangel Rules.
Was I a fool to report all my rental income over the last decade?
You ain’t black, Dude!
You could have set up a brothel and REALLY made money..You forgot to get tax advice from Acorn!
The Pelosidiot wants Wilson to apologize, but protects this slime mold.”
This is the poster of the entire Democrat party.
No wonder Americans are fed up.
But Rangel’s defenders say that’s worse than passing sentence before a verdict.
Excuse us for being sentient beings with A BRAIN. The Constitution doesn’t state we’re not allowed to acknowledge open corruption, but that the courts must wait for a verdict.
I find it morbidly funny that Nancy Pelosi wants an immediate apology from Joe Wilson for a spontaneous, but truthful comment, and yet turns a blind eye to tax cheat & CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS & MEANS COMMITTEE (that writes the tax laws) CHARLIE RANGEL......Joe Wilson has apologized to the President, the President has accepted. What has Charlie Rangel done to remedy his situation? Where is the IRS in all of this as regards Rangel? Or, how about the Department of Justice? Charlie Rangel appears to be above the law and he knows it.
Hmmm. I think it might be time for an undercover investigation of THE AMERICAN RED CROSS! Is the ARC an Obama-supporting, Federally-funded corrupt organization like ACORN? WE NEED A CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATION NOW!