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Rangel censure specter draws sadness, scorn in NY (Veep & RAT bigs hang him out to dry)
Yahoo ^ | 11/19/10 | Beth Fouhy

Posted on 11/20/2010 8:21:11 AM PST by Libloather

Rangel censure specter draws sadness, scorn in NY
By Beth Fouhy, Associated Press – Fri Nov 19, 8:30 pm ET

NEW YORK – The prospect of a public scolding in Washington for Rep. Charles Rangel over ethics violations has drawn both sadness and scorn in his Harlem neighborhood, where he was just re-elected with 81 percent of the vote and remains an icon to residents who say they'll be the ones to decide his political fate.

"Charles Rangel has done so much for this community in the Congress, I think he should go out when he damn well pleases," said Rachel Cummings, a 56-year-old substance abuse counselor. "He's not going to walk away with them saying, 'He's guilty of this, guilty of that.' Give him a break."

Thursday's 9-1 House ethics committee vote to recommend censure for the Democratic lawmaker came days after the same panel convicted him of 11 violations, including failure to pay taxes on rental income from a villa in the Dominican Republic and operating four rent-stabilized apartments in Harlem instead of just one. Censure is the most serious congressional discipline short of expulsion; the full House will probably vote on the recommendation sometime after Thanksgiving.

Rangel pleaded with the ethics panel to show him "fairness and mercy" and said he's not a crooked politician out for personal reward. While his House colleagues will determine his punishment, the prevailing sentiment back home is that any decision on Rangel's future in Congress ultimately rests with him and the voters.

**SNIP**

"When it was time for Powell to go, Harlem decided," Sharpton said. "If and when it's time for Charlie Rangel to go, we'll decide that. It won't be imposed by people outside the community."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: censure; ny; perp; rangel
"I think he should go out when he damn well pleases"

That's really not the way it works - but I'm sure it's taught in skools.

Rangel a sole man - Veep & Dem bigs hang him out to dry

Sorry, Charlie!

A day after suffering the humiliation of having the House ethics committee recommend he get a formal censure, Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel isn't getting any lifelines from the White House or from powerful Democratic allies.

With a House floor vote set to come up after Thanksgiving on censure, Vice President Joe Biden said the decision was "hard to argue against."

"He is a friend," Biden told CNN's Larry King. "I give you my word, I don't know the details, the charges, but when the ethics committee -- a bipartisan committee -- rules that he violated X number of rules of the House, then, you know, it's hard to argue against."

1 posted on 11/20/2010 8:21:14 AM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Ah, but will his constituents like him as well without a big committee chairmanship and access to pork?


2 posted on 11/20/2010 8:27:06 AM PST by chickadee
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To: Libloather

“Rachel Cummings, a 56-year-old substance abuse counselor.”

Seems every “Substance abuse counselor” I’ve ever come across was once a serious substance abuser.


3 posted on 11/20/2010 8:28:38 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Libloather

I wish we could hear just once exactly what these fools do FOR THEIR COMMUNITY. If they do so much and are respected so much for what they do for their constituents, why are their communities still in such wretched shape? Please - how about some specifics?


4 posted on 11/20/2010 8:30:01 AM PST by Thank You Rush
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Rangel censure specter draws sadness, scorn in NY

What a giant steaming pant-load !

New Yorkers were the ones who ELECTED Charlie Rangel in the first place. Charlie Rangel is getting a pass. I said so on this Free Republic webpage in post #16.


5 posted on 11/20/2010 8:30:11 AM PST by pyx (Rule#1.The LEFT lies.Rule#2.See Rule#1. IF THE LEFT CONTROLS THE LANGUAGE, IT CONTROLS THE ARGUMENT.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Sounds like she’s still hooked on “Hopium.”


6 posted on 11/20/2010 8:30:44 AM PST by dfwgator (Texas Rangers -Thanks for a great season.)
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To: Libloather

Meanwhile, Wesley Snipes goes to prison for the same thing.


7 posted on 11/20/2010 8:33:49 AM PST by dfwgator (Texas Rangers -Thanks for a great season.)
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To: chickadee
“Ah, but will his constituents like him as well without a big committee chairmanship and access to pork?”

I really don't think that is a problem for Lord Rangle. The next time the Democrats take control of the House (and they will someday) he will be named Chairman of some powerful commitee.
That ‘representative of the people’gig is pretty nice work if you can get it.

8 posted on 11/20/2010 8:37:18 AM PST by Tupelo
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To: Thank You Rush

“....Please - how about some specifics?”

I’ll bite ;)

From an article early last year sometime about something to do with voting for a black candidate somewhere someone said the truth “Ya don’t vote against blood”.

I’m quoting a source I don’t have available to link, sorry!

Going by memory here.


9 posted on 11/20/2010 8:38:07 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Tupelo

#8

Geez, the guy is 80 - also, it’s bad publicity to name a chairman who has been censured. Even the Dems have trouble with that.


10 posted on 11/20/2010 8:39:42 AM PST by chickadee
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To: Libloather

The lawmakers are the lawbreakers. Wonderful examples. A sheeple would be in prison years ago.


11 posted on 11/20/2010 8:40:32 AM PST by Hattie
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To: Libloather

So, the laws are: Whatever seems right to your community? So if law-abiding is not really your thing, then YOUR elected leaders don’t have to follow them because they are just imposed from the outside.


12 posted on 11/20/2010 8:43:13 AM PST by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: Libloather

Oh, cool. I see now that the residents of his community also get to decide whether he has to pay taxes to the IRS. I think I’ll move to that community and follow their rules. Timmy Geitner lived there, too, did he not?

Some animals are better than others? Only the suckers who make the laws have to abide by them? And if you don’t like them, you don’t have to follow them?

Sweet re-make of reality.


13 posted on 11/20/2010 8:45:45 AM PST by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Your point being???

Are you implying there is no redemption? Are you implying that a substance abuser, once recovered, cannot become a positive within the community or a contributor to society at large?
14 posted on 11/20/2010 8:53:57 AM PST by Sudetenland (Slow to anger but terrible in vengence...such is the character of the American people.)
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To: bboop

Parasites


15 posted on 11/20/2010 8:55:42 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: Libloather

Hey Charlie, what Rangel does affects the entire country; not what you think is your wearing really thin specialness.


16 posted on 11/20/2010 9:01:12 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Libloather

I too was saddened by his censure...sad that his rotten arse wasn’t kicked to the curb!


17 posted on 11/20/2010 9:01:12 AM PST by bigbob
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To: Libloather
A stinking rotten government. What a contemptuous bunch.
18 posted on 11/20/2010 9:02:35 AM PST by Nuc 1.1 (Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: freekitty

Sorry, meant to say Al.


19 posted on 11/20/2010 9:02:39 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Libloather

Rangel card


20 posted on 11/20/2010 9:04:48 AM PST by FrankR (Don't let the bastards wear you down!)
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To: Libloather

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HNWhVXcjV8


21 posted on 11/20/2010 9:24:15 AM PST by Beowulf9
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
"Charles Rangel has done so much for this community in the Congress, I think he should go out when he damn well pleases," said Rachel Cummings,

I wonder if Ms. Cummings could identify one thing that Rangel has done "for this community" -- other than petty pieces of pork (that somebody else profited from).

Did he make the schools better? Did he boost employment? Did he do anything to control the drug traffic? Is anybody, aside from Rangel's family, better off for him having served?

22 posted on 11/20/2010 9:30:36 AM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: Libloather
"When it was time for Powell to go, Harlem decided," Sharpton said.

Ah yes, invoking the Adam Clayton Powell Rule, which says that when a black politician is caught doing something that would send a white politician to jail, he shall be rewarded by the black "community", who will perpetually re-elect him just to show defiance of "The Man".

23 posted on 11/20/2010 9:47:39 AM PST by Kenton (Just my $0.02 worth...)
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To: Libloather

It’s really sad when there is a place in this country that looks up to criminals and lawbreakers.It’s ok because he’s done a lot for them?LIk what Harlem is still Harlem.Until America quits producing so many braindead voters we will always have congress critters like Charlie.


24 posted on 11/20/2010 10:05:25 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: Libloather

It’s really sad when there is a place in this country that looks up to criminals and lawbreakers.It’s ok because he’s done a lot for them?Like what Harlem is still Harlem.Until America quits producing so many braindead voters we will always have congress critters like Charlie.


25 posted on 11/20/2010 10:07:43 AM PST by chris_bdba
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