Charles Rangel, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, is not the only congressional Democrat with ethics issues. Indeed, the list of corrupt Democrats in 2009 rivals that of corrupt Republicans three years previously when the-then minority party ousted the then-majority on the basis of the Republicans’ (supposed) “culture of corruption.”
Upon her party’s winning the 2006 elections, the then-soon-to-be Speaker of the House promised to lead “the most honest, most open and most ethical Congress in history.” Shortly after taking the gavel, she seems to have forgotten that vow.
Now, she has a chance to show that she meant what she said–that things really have changed in Washington since Democrats too over. As each new day seems to bring with it new revelations about Rangel’s misdeeds, Pelosi would do well to force Rangel to step aside as Ways and Means chairman pending the results of an ethics committee investigation.
This is her test–and that of her party–to see if they intend to crack down on the questionable ethics their fellow Democrats. And if she refuses to demand that her New York colleague step aside, then other leading Democrats should step up to the plate and demand his dismissal.
FROM THE COMMENTS: Sean A links a New York Post article:
Even as he fends off accusations about his own failure to pay taxes and fully disclose his financial dealings, Rep. Charles Rangel had quietly slipped into the health-care bill broad new provisions cracking down on taxpayers in proceedings with the IRS, The Post has learned.
Ethically challenged and a hypocrite?!?!?
UPDATE: Looks like Speaker Pelosi is failing the test:
THE HILL: Pelosi will let Rangel hold post despite latest allegations. “Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will let Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) keep his chairmanship despite his failing to report hundreds of thousands of dollars in assets on federal disclosure forms, according to Democratic aides.” Of course she will. This makes him vulnerable, and thus easier to control.