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Did Rep. Charles Rangel make the right move?

Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that he would temporarily step down as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, days after being was admonished for breaking House rules by accepting corporate-financed travel. Read the full article.

By Jodi Westrick  |  March 3, 2010; 10:17 AM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Rangel is one the biggest crocks in DC, the fact that he is still in office is a shock, when will the govt take action to arrest and take away there retirement away is a crime in it self. Come on Nanci P you talk a big game now back up those big words and get off you knees and force Rangel to resign he is a joke to this country. I guess the area he represent is dumber then him to keep electing him when are the blacks going to stand up are realize that he only there to line his pocket and not help you or anyone else out

Posted by: dogsecrets | March 3, 2010 10:57 AM

Rangel should save us all a lot of time and money by reporting directly to jail, which is exactly where he belongs. He's a crook, plain and simple.

Posted by: Bob22003 | March 3, 2010 12:08 PM

I voted No because he should have resigned his seat in Congress and then immediately thrown into a jail cell for the rest of his life. Rangle is the poster child for everything that is wrong with Congress and, in particular, the Democrats.

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | March 3, 2010 12:59 PM

I started to vote no for Mike's reason, but we need to get rid of him as chairman first, so I voted yes. They need to send this fool, Rangel, directly to JAIL!!! Bet the dems will not do it. If left to the justice dept and Holder, nothing will get done.

Posted by: annnort | March 3, 2010 1:41 PM

Rangel's worst offense was having multiple rent-regulated apartments in NYC. Any and every New Yorker knows full well that's illegal. That alone should have forced him to resign.

Meanwhile...WHO TAKES OVER AS CHAIRMAN?

Posted by: Garak | March 3, 2010 2:00 PM

It's hard to imagine anybody worse than the unethical reprobate rangel as Chair of Ways and Means, but crazy pelosi has come up with somebody that makes rancid rangel look good in comparison. stark is a totally irrational, profane, nut-job. he reminds me of olbermann, including the foaming at the mouth for anybody who isn't a loony-left d-crat socialist.

Posted by: TeaPartyPatriot | March 3, 2010 3:05 PM

So, he gets on airplanes apparently at no cost, but he doesn't ask who is paying for it? Rangel must go, now.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 3, 2010 3:16 PM

Yes, he did the right thing.
Representative Rangel knows that, as long as these questions hang out there in the ether, he will have no peace, and neither will the Democrats, now under such assault by the nuts rattling the political barrel.
So we appreciate his astute political assessment.
Remember:
When Newt ("BJ") Gingrich was in office, in between "marriages", no one made any noise about him, no matter how nasty he behaved in office.
When the swill rises around Congress, it doesn't help Democrats to try to ignore the dark rumors.
Instead, this response demonstrates responsibility to maintain the trust of the populace and some of us (those of us who are sane) appreciate it.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | March 3, 2010 3:48 PM

No, he didn't do the right thing, because he believes he only "temporarily" stepped down. He needs to go "permanently."

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | March 3, 2010 4:10 PM

I agree that Rangel should report immediately to jail. My question is: Should he collect $200 when he passes "Go"?

Posted by: sannhet | March 3, 2010 6:27 PM

One down ...more than 300 to go.

Posted by: dottydo | March 3, 2010 9:32 PM

And causing the deaths of thousands of American service members, and tens or hundreds of thousands of Iraqi deaths, based on lies told to the American people, the American Congress, AND the United Nations, are not worse than what Rangel did?

If anyone should report DIRECTLY to PRISON to begin serving a LIFE sentence (at least), it should be one or more of Shrub, Shooter, Scooter, KKKarl Rove, Rumsfeld, Kindasleazy, et. al.

Posted by: critter69 | March 4, 2010 3:19 AM

Rangel has blocked the commerce treaty with Colombia based on some supposed civil right problems of the colombian goverment. Can we trust his honesty on this matter or is he another old-time democrat paying favors to corrupt labor leaders?

Posted by: pro-americanforeigner | March 4, 2010 4:27 AM

Rangel has blocked the commerce treaty with Colombia based on some supposed civil right problems of the colombian goverment. Can we trust his honesty on this matter or is he another old-time democrat paying favors to corrupt labor leaders?

Posted by: pro-americanforeigner | March 4, 2010 4:28 AM

Wow, the racists republicans are out in force on this post. You have Sanford, Vitter, Foley, Gingrich, and many, many other republican cheats and liars (George W Bush was the king of the liars), but you never hear from the racists GnOP demanding they go to jail. republicans are just a bunch of nasty hypocrites.

Posted by: jkenney11 | March 4, 2010 7:47 AM

Why is the Washington Post so biased towards the republicans? They act like Fixed Noise Lite. Did they never hear the term "fact checking"? They let republicans post
"op-eds" and lie lie lie. Republicans YOU LIE.

Posted by: jkenney11 | March 4, 2010 7:50 AM

The length of time it took Nancy Pelosi to have a 'Come to Jesus' meeting speaks volumes of her personal values (or lack thereof)!

Posted by: wheeljc | March 4, 2010 9:12 AM

Even though his hair is fried,dyed,lyed and laid to one side Rangel even looks like a crook. He's the worst example of a race based, not a constituent interest based representative.

Posted by: sperrico | March 4, 2010 10:03 AM

If the Congress were at all responsible in its duties as protectors of ethics in Federal Government -- which it manifestly is not -- it would have have removed Rangel not only from his Chair, but from his Congressional Seat.

But no one protects its members like a very rich club -- the AMA, the ABA, and the United States Congress.

Posted by: JPMcC | March 4, 2010 10:27 AM

There needs to be a 4th choice here. Stepping down is almost the right thing, but the actual right move would be to do it permanently, not temporarily. No matter how many times they "reform" the ethics committee, it still turns a blind eye too often and rarely does more than wrist slapping even in the face of clear violations. The political leadership of both parties is too clubby and politically indifferent to the wishes of the electorate - Democrats and Republicans alike keep chairmen and other leaders in place well past when most Americans think they've stepped beyond the limits of what's acceptable.

The leadership of an unpopular congress could little that would make their image even worse than a decision to let Rangel call the shots of whether his stepping down is temporary or not. Congress as a whole should adopt a zero tolerance policy - no member found guilty by the ethics committee of a violation should be permitted to serve as chair or deputy chair of a committee. And the ethics committee should be required to include non-partisan (or balanced party) members of the general public, who would not tolerate congressional members' penchant for turning a blind eye to each other's wrong doings.

Is Rangel worse than the many GOP and Dem chairman who have also violated ethics rules (and laws)? Debatable. Should ANY of them be able to enjoy the impunity most tend to? NOT debatable. The answer is no.

Posted by: milo13 | March 4, 2010 10:50 AM

I voted "not sure," but only to the extent that I was "not sure" whether he could even 'temporarily' take a leave of absence from a chairmanship. Let's face it--he won't be coming back as chairman, and if he does, his 'stepping aside' is only a sham and will just reinforce the overall perception that the Congress tolerates corruption (unless it has been perpetrated by the other Party).

Posted by: Brian1758 | March 4, 2010 10:52 AM

So, in the Senate, we have John Ensign, a married man who was consorting with his employee, who then had his parents pay hush money in multiple sub-IRS-detectable packets to her and her husband, also an employee, under terms negotiated by Tom Coburn.

But because these men have not stepped down as playing a part in this scheme, the media gives them a pass. They're still just going about their business wrecking the country.

Oh, and look here! We have Sarah "Notehands" Palin who neglected her family to the point the other grandmother of her new born-out-of-wedlock grandson is in prison for selling dope.

Here's a woman who carries her challenged son around for the cameras for the benefit of the crowd who want to control women's reproductive organs from Washington, and lacks the sense to recognize that giving Limbaugh a pass for a decidedly more egregious misappropriation of an epithet exposes the fact that her so-called outrage at Rahm Emanuel was an obviously manufactured cheap shot.

Any of you media types have the guts to take on Palin? Naw....you're too worried the tea baggers will call you "socialist."

But oh! Charlie Rangel!

Man, he's a troublemaker for the right wingers! So let's draw a big bull's eye on him. That'll keep us reporters from having to pay attention to what's going on over there in "Christian family values" land.

Please!

In case you haven't noticed, Dems are already in a pickle. Rangel, guilty or no, has nothing to do with it.

Emanuel and Geithner are the Picklers in Chief, and feckless, dottering, flaccid Harry Reid is just a passive observer of the pickling process, expressing his overwhelming support for something if someone else decides it's a good idea -- someone, except the people who actually put Democrats in power -- they have no say in anything.

Soon, in grand fashion, they'll pass health care reform that only an insurance company can love, and break their arms patting each other on the back for their Emanuellian victory.

That's the Pyrrhic pickle the Dems are making. It's sour to be sure.

You think I'll vote in November? Yawn. Eh, I don't know. Depends on whether I have to rearrange my sock drawer that day.

Posted by: trippin | March 4, 2010 10:58 AM

What a biased question. If you say yes you give Rangel credit for "doing the right thing". If you say no it leads one to believe you didn't want him to quit. How about a third question.

Should Nancy Pelosi have kicked Rangle off the committee for not paying his taxes?

Or a fourth question.

Now that it is clear that Rangle is a tax cheat, should he become a member of Obama's Cabinet?

Posted by: robtr | March 4, 2010 11:22 AM

They're all sickening and until the American sheeple take a stand this will continue. Swing to the right, swing to left ... same crap different day. A 20 term politician, let's get real! The insurance companies already love it and so do the pharmaceuticals while we pay for them to dump their wastes on our heads. This isn't about health care and concern its about money and big business. These aren't democrats any more than the last regime are republicans. Just good old boys with fat wallets.

Posted by: wildernesslight | March 4, 2010 11:35 AM

Temporary step down - I don't think so - He needs to flat out quit. Kind of like the fox watching the hen nouse. We need to get all of the crooks out of DC and get some people in there that will work for us not against us. We need term limits. After 40 terms any wonder he thought he could do whatever he wanted without paying the price.

Posted by: confusedwithgovernment | March 4, 2010 3:08 PM

Temporary step down - I don't think so - He needs to flat out quit. Kind of like the fox watching the hen nouse. We need to get all of the crooks out of DC and get some people in there that will work for us not against us. We need term limits. After 40 terms any wonder he thought he could do whatever he wanted without paying the price.

Posted by: confusedwithgovernment | March 4, 2010 3:09 PM

I cannot believe he was allowed to make his own rules/agenda, with this "temporary" step-down. You are either in or out, and there are no "leave of absence" while you are being investigated. RIDICULOUS!!!

Posted by: GVJaneRealEstateAz | March 4, 2010 3:22 PM

The form of the question itself is BS and is pro-Democrat.

The question should have read SHOULD RANGEL HAVE RESIGNED HIS COMMITTEE CHAIR

Posted by: screwjob11 | March 4, 2010 5:50 PM

Rangel's resignation should have been permanent and Pelosi's failure to denounce his actions is inexcusable.

Posted by: jborrello2 | March 4, 2010 6:42 PM

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