26 February 2010

Rangel Broke Rules, Blames And Fires Aide

Two observations: (1) he blames and fires some aide? What a sorry sack of crap. Hey, Rangel, take some responsibility and don't blame some aide; and (2) the real issue here is that he has been in the House for 40 years. 40 years! Term limits, please.

msnbc: Ethics panel says Rangel broke House rules

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), the most powerful tax-writing lawmaker in Congress and a 40-year veteran of Capitol Hill, acknowledged Thursday that an ethics panel has accused him of accepting Caribbean trips from a corporation in violation of House rules.

Rangel called the findings "disturbing and said a staff members he blamed for the mistakes has been fired.

The finding is certain to jeopardize Rangel's chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee. The tax-writing committee will take a lead as Congress determines the fate of former President George W. Bush's expiring tax cuts.

Rangel's ethics troubles also present an election-year dilemma for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who led a Democratic takeover of the House in 2006 on a campaign promise to end a "culture of corruption" in the GOP-led Congress.

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