Skip to comments.Rangel Giving Up the Gavel (Could Step Down as Early as Tonight)
Posted on 03/02/2010 4:59:45 PM PST by nickcarraway
Harlem Democrat Charles Rangel now says he will step down as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, NBC News has learned.
He may make the move as early as tonight and Michigan Democratic Rep Sander Levin will temporarily take over the committee.
Some details still need to be ironed out, but sources said Rangel has been pushed to step down before the House voted on a bill to forcefully strip him of the coveted chairmanship.
Rangel has been under fire ever since an ethics committee released a report Thursday that found that he violated House rules by accepting two corporate-sponsored trips to the Caribbean.
Rangel countered Friday that the ethics report "exonerates" him because it says there is no evidence that he knew the trips were sponsored by corporations. The report said his staff knew who paid for the trips. Following the report, even Democrats began asking Rangel to step down.
The citizens of his home state sent him here, that's their decision," said Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Mississippi), who lead the charge in asking Rangel to relinquish his post. "But members of the [Democratic Caucus] made him chairman of that committee, and he should step down until all this is resolved.
Charlie be sharing a prison shower with Bernie Madoff in a year.
Good now if he could just bring me a cup of coffee my evening would be complete
about dang time
He will probably have a nice chairmanship soon, somewhere.
He is Nazi Palouseys boy, you know.
Boy the blowback on Nancy must be really bad for her to ask the Prince of Harlem to step down?
WHICH members of Congress make regular, secret visits to Cuba as guests of Fidel Castro, flying in from nearby islands? Their passports aren’t stamped, so no one’s the wiser.
Now if they can only find someone to chair that committee who actually pays taxes.
will step down as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means CommitteeThanks nickcarraway.
This POS represents exactly what’s wrong American politics. Immature and self centered
Now throw him out of Congress and into jail
One more falls in the house of cards.
Before or after he polishes you shoes?
The cesspool needs pumped out, right to the bottom!
We should send in Epic Beard Man!
Why can’t we take Nance down with all her entitlement expenditures?
Never in my wildest dreams did I think this would come to pass. What the heck is going on? It can’t be that new wind can it?
I see Charlie not running for reelection, then “running” to his house overseas.
That’s a shame.
I wish he’d stayed on as chairman. :)
Of course, with his staying on as chairman as long as he did, the political damage has been done.
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