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Rep. Charles Rangel: Should he resign?

The House ethics committee charged Rep. Charles B. Rangel with 13 separate violations of House rules Thursday, saying his various financial dealings broke the "public trust." The long-awaited release of the charges against Rangel at an afternoon hearing was the first formal step toward a possible ethics trial in mid-September. Read the full article.

By Jodi Westrick  |  July 23, 2010; 1:53 PM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Hey Charlie! Do not let the door hit you your buttocks on the way out the door.

Posted by: anonpost1 | July 23, 2010 10:22 PM

Rangel absolutely needs to go. He's as crooked as them come.

Posted by: Whitehorse6 | July 24, 2010 6:05 AM

Just amother Democrat Tammany Hall thug.

Posted by: ssmorehouse | July 24, 2010 6:16 AM

He should consider resigning right after Vitter and Barton resign. Charlie may have messed up but he did more good than Vitter and Barton ever did. Besides Vitter broke the law by buying prostitutes, and diapers. and Barton apologised to BP. You know BP? The one who ruined the gulf and lied about the amount of oil spilling and doctored photos? Of course a lot of repubs should resign, but lets start there. Boner should go to rehab and see if he improves.

Posted by: jimbobkalina | July 24, 2010 6:57 AM

Should Rangel resign is purely a matter of perspective. Should he resign for the good of the party? Yes. Should he resign for the good of Charlie Rangel? No. So he won't.

Posted by: edbyronadams | July 24, 2010 7:05 AM

Congressmen Charles Rangle is entitled to due process to face his accuser and present his side. As such, he should should not resign before a trial by the House Ethics Committee unless he is willing to admit guilt. In addition, a trial will present all the facts in public, but if he resigns, the case is closed without further disclosure of information.

Posted by: jbrittatty | July 24, 2010 7:21 AM

Rangel went to Washington as a reformer replacing Adam Clayton Powell who at the time was considered corrupt. Rangel help to write tax law that allowed the people to pay for our government, then he ignored it (income from his condo in the islands). How does a man or woman go to Washington and become wealthy from government service?

Charlie's corrupt everyone knows it he should either go on his own or his peers (other corrupt House members) can send him on his way.

When the people's only hope for justice is a jury made up of liars and thieves we have arrived at dark days for our republic.

Posted by: jgagnier | July 24, 2010 7:32 AM

I think that Charlie Rangel should not resign. This way when he defends himself, he can bring attention to the other crooks in Congress. Nice thing for the Dems just before an election.

Harlem: The Chicago of New York.

Posted by: barrysal | July 24, 2010 7:33 AM

Yes, at least there would be some occasional surprises dutifully reported by the left wing media. Maybe we would learn more about why the Loony Left is so engrossed with Palin. So closely following her every step and misstep.

If this same Loony Left had followed Obama's career prior to his election as close as they follow Palin's this this country would not be staggering about without competent leadership, as we are now......

Posted by: Illinois4 | July 24, 2010 7:34 AM

How long will it be before Rangel and the liberals start screaming "RACISM" over these allegations? I give them until next week.

Posted by: schmitt_fam | July 24, 2010 7:52 AM

Going to jail would also be a nice touch!

Posted by: GordonShumway | July 24, 2010 7:56 AM

If he gave a rat's ass about his party instead of himself, he'd resign. Instead, he cares more about his "posterity." I am hopeful that someone will beat some sense into his bloated head, perhaps by threatening to out him on other scandals, so that he doesn't bring the whole party down in 2010. We don't want Boehner as speaker of the house because of Rangel's absurdly inflated ego.

Posted by: Afraid4USA | July 24, 2010 8:10 AM

Wha thatt is so telling is this crook really believes he's entitled to steal."I did nothing wrong", says the crook, give me a break!

Posted by: lapagano | July 24, 2010 8:15 AM

What is so telling is that this crook really believes he's entitled to steal."I did nothing wrong", says the crook, give me a break!

Posted by: lapagano | July 24, 2010 8:16 AM

Get his crooked but out of office.

Posted by: jameskim99 | July 24, 2010 8:21 AM

Why should he resign? He'll be tried by a Democratic Congress, many of whom are currently committing the same crimes he is! Do you think Nancy Pelosi, who lets her grandchildren fly around on military jets, wants him convicted?

Worst case scenario, he gets a slap on the wrist. Most likely scenario, he pays his back taxes (no penalties or interest!) and proudly smiles to the cameras about his 'exoneration'.

He's got a safe Democratic seat. These ethics charges make his seat MORE safe. Charlie Rangel is a thief whose 40 years in the Congress have convinced him he's entitled to steal whatever he wants.

Besides, RACIST! RACIST! RACIST!

(Had to throw that in or they'll throw me out of journolist)

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | July 24, 2010 8:30 AM

diesel_skins_ | July 24, 2010 8:30 AM
Great comment.

Posted by: OldAtlantic | July 24, 2010 8:47 AM

Charles, I am sorry. You got caught "ridin' dirty" and you must go. It is that simple.

Posted by: meldupree | July 24, 2010 8:47 AM

Charlie needs to resign and retire to a more relaxing profession as practiced in his district. Writing his biography and selling crack on a Harlem corner.

Posted by: captain3292 | July 24, 2010 8:51 AM

Poor old Charlie should get out of town before he is kicked out. They just never know when they stay too late at the party.

Posted by: danhall | July 24, 2010 8:54 AM

charlie knows that if he is convicted, he loses his pension...
he will be a coward and resign with full benefits and the justice department will not follow up...
holder is a disgrace to the doj and America...

Posted by: DwightCollins | July 24, 2010 9:03 AM

He won't resign. Let's face it, he doesn't think he's done anything wrong. He only wants us little folks to follow the tax rules he makes, those rules are not for him because he's way above us!!! He has no shame...and the folks in his district will re-elect him. Now, what does that tell you about them???

Posted by: Christian1941 | July 24, 2010 9:04 AM

Even if Rangel is technically innocent, there is a enough here to give a semblance of inpropriety - and it's all his own doing. By fighting this to the bitter end he'll do more harm to his party than he will ever be worth.

Rangel needs to do a Sarah Palin and severe the ethics investigations with a resignation and then go on the talk show circuit. If he fights this and loses he's finished everywhere.

Posted by: Miss_Fedelm | July 24, 2010 9:06 AM

Elected officials work for us. To continue with such a stench of corruption is an insult to all of us. Rangel is just the tip of the iceberg. Pelosi's swamp is just as deep as before.

Posted by: JohnnyGee | July 24, 2010 9:18 AM

He should resign but I doubt he the class to do it !

Posted by: thornegp2626 | July 24, 2010 9:19 AM

New York's Marion Barry.

Posted by: djrhood | July 24, 2010 9:28 AM

HE should resign because otherwise he will become an albatross for the Democrats. I am not a fan of ALL of Obama's policies, but a disaster for the Democrats in November would also be a disaster for the country as the Republicans have made no constructive proposals other than blocking Obama...

Posted by: rohit57 | July 24, 2010 9:32 AM

i hope those of you who are calling for rangel to resign are also calling for ensign and vitter to resign also. the democrats aren't the only party to have ethics problems. i don't have any evidence against any of them, nor was i there for any of it, so i'll let the investigation play out before i rush to judgement. hasn't the wrong calls been made enough lately?

Posted by: blinwilly | July 24, 2010 9:44 AM

Rangel -The Marion Barry of the House. It just proves how Uneducated certain voters are. Fraud Alert. 20 years too late. If he had any morals he would have resigned years ago. His ego is a big as his waistline.

Posted by: espnfan | July 24, 2010 9:47 AM

No he shouldn't resign. We should hear the full extent of his corruption and tax evasion while he was writing the tax laws for the rest of us.

Posted by: delusional1 | July 24, 2010 10:15 AM

"Should Rangel resign"? Like 2 years ago.

Unless doing so would interfere with his prosecution and subsequent incarceration.

Posted by: Straightline | July 24, 2010 10:22 AM

I voted no, only to keep him from wriggling off the hook. Citizens are far too willing to let trash simply go away. Thieves like him should get the "full Madoff" the max sentence for ever single count to be served consecutively. I'm sick of seeing open and continuing betrayal of the public trust that goes unpunished, while we lock up everyone else. So indict him, try him,and let him die in jail.

Posted by: NICKYNUNYA | July 24, 2010 10:24 AM

Rangel is an old established crook who has no ethics and has been in the government way too long.
It is time to get rid of all the old dinosaurs and elect some new, young fresh blood and ideas to theis old windbag culture of ethicless blow bags.

Posted by: JimW2 | July 24, 2010 10:34 AM

He's one of many crooks in the Ponzi scheme known as the Federal Government. Rangel-hood ... he steals from everyone and gives to the poor (and poor Charles). Pay your taxes you fiend and expect no mercy.

Posted by: moozmbajd | July 24, 2010 10:37 AM

He's an embarrassment to Congress (if that's still possible) and an albatross for the Dems. They need to push him out to try and stop the bleeding.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | July 24, 2010 10:51 AM

The POS should have been jailed years ago.

Posted by: marossity | July 24, 2010 10:54 AM

Congressman Rangle should resign but he will not.

Posted by: GRansom | July 24, 2010 11:21 AM

...A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.
Alexis de Tocqueville


Posted by: richzb1 | July 24, 2010 11:24 AM

Unfortunately Charles Rangel will not be the first politician of either party to think that he is untouchable, that the world can't go on turning without him, and that taking down everyone around him is preferable to resigning. In this sense, Richard Nixon was a smarter and/or more honorable person in spite of Nixon's many serious crimes.

Posted by: jjedif | July 24, 2010 11:25 AM

Posted by: jimbobkalina: "(Rangel) should consider resigning right after Vitter and Barton resign..."

Actually, conservatives hate our country and our Constitution so they think all Democrats should resign, and Congress does have the power to expel a member. But the only people who can really decide if Rangel stays or goes are his constituents.

And it is definitely a huge advantage for conservatives is that a powerful conservative NEVER resigns...so matter what the crime, the only known exception being Nixon.

Posted by: jjedif | July 24, 2010 11:31 AM

If this was a normal year, Rangel would not be in trouble simply because he is a Democrat. This year because Congress is held in such low esteem and Democrats are scared they may be held this time accountable for their actions.

Posted by: sales7 | July 24, 2010 11:52 AM

The Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee has enormous power. The committee oversees the revenue collecting activities of government: taxes, social security, medicare, etc. That's oversight of dollars in the TRILLIONS. How does a crooked back alley politician get into such a position?

Of course, the history of the chairmanship of that committee hasn't been especially commendable: Wilbur Mills, Dan Rostenkowski and now Rangle.

Posted by: randysbailin | July 24, 2010 11:53 AM

What's good for the goose is good for the gander..........forget the politics of it.

Posted by: neil01907 | July 24, 2010 12:11 PM

If he is innocent as he says he is, then he should stay and fight. Remember Sherrod?

Posted by: nychap44 | July 24, 2010 12:12 PM

I am often reminded of the Mark Twain quote " America does not have a distinct criminal class ... with the possible exception of Congress." Truer words were never spoken.

Posted by: jeffreed | July 24, 2010 12:13 PM

Congressman, you have been around long enough. Thanks for everything you have done. Please resign with grace.

Posted by: truth1 | July 24, 2010 12:17 PM

The longer they're in, the more they think they're distinguished public servants who deserve all the money they can get. Don't keep re-electing people to office, and whatever you do, when they get caught make SURE to throw the book at em.

Posted by: kls1 | July 24, 2010 12:22 PM

I think that Rangel, if he fought, would show how common the things he did were among others. It would also be a teachable moment on race relations. If Rangel wants to fight, I think it will be very educational.

Posted by: ChicagoConservative1 | July 24, 2010 12:26 PM

After 20 terms, I think Rangel should retire soon. As Americans, however, we're supposed to presume people are innocent until proven guilty. Do we do that anymore? Meanwhile, Republicans, no matter what they're caught doing, NEVER resign, just as ticks never seem to get enough blood.

Posted by: rbmurals | July 24, 2010 12:49 PM

Charlie should fight for his right to party. Drag this thing out to it's long dirty career ending conclusion and then toss his dirty butt in jail. Sorry Charlie

Posted by: jlbliemeister | July 24, 2010 12:58 PM

What ever happened to due process, equal protection of the laws and innocent until
found guilty? Sometimes the masses misses the
point of living in a democracy. It is shameful to convict before due process. To do otherwise is to behave like the inquisitors during the middle ages!

I am not very fond of Charlie Rangel because he had followed the apartheid policies of Washington of treating the 4 millions American citizens in Puerto Rico as equal to the citizens of the Union. But he is entitle to a fair judicial process!

Franklin Lopez
former State Democratic Party Chair

Posted by: franklinlopez46 | July 24, 2010 1:02 PM

Rangel should join Newt Gingrich (fined $300,000 for ethics violations) as poster boys for the House of Representative's Hall of Shame.

Posted by: WhateverHeSaid | July 24, 2010 1:02 PM

..."Wow Charle you blew it pal, "YOU LET GREED TAKE OVER, THAT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GET/GREEDY/CHARLE YOU ALWAYS, ALWAYS, "GET CAUGHT, "NOW BEAT IT!

I liked you Charlie so did the country...

Posted by: ztcb41 | July 24, 2010 1:03 PM

He's had 40 years to help himself to supplicants' gifts. Time to hand the seat off to another man.

Posted by: fritzr1950max | July 24, 2010 1:07 PM

He's had 40 years to help himself to supplicants' gifts. Time to hand the seat off to another man.

Posted by: fritzr1950max | July 24, 2010 1:08 PM

Think about it,we have a tax cheat(Tim geithner)running the treasury and have this guy responsible for writing our tax laws also cheating on his taxes.And they wonder why Obama is going down and congress has an approval rating of 11% WOW 11%.HELLO,of course he should resign.God help us!!!

Posted by: votingrevolution | July 24, 2010 1:10 PM

I think Charlie Rangel is guilty as sin. He probably believes he deserves the illegal perks, so I doubt he'll leave until he's thrown out.

Posted by: smc91 | July 24, 2010 1:31 PM

Charlie don't quit. Loosers quit. High class crooks like you never quit. We need you around to keep the other crooks in line.

Posted by: g0tcha | July 24, 2010 1:48 PM

I voted "NO", he should not resign. He should undergo the Ethics Committee process, have the allegations thoroughly examined, confirmed, and then be expelled from Congress...much as was the case with Jim Trafficant a few years ago. Resignation would be the expedient way for all concerned, but it's the coward's way out and would tend to obscure the depth and breadth of his malfeasance. Pelosi's confidence in him and her refusal to act only draws more attention to her hypocrisy. The "swamp" is being drained ever so slowly in Pelosi's back yard...and in Obama's "most ethical, open and transparent administration ever." Glub, glub.

Posted by: ddnfla | July 24, 2010 1:49 PM

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 26% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-four percent (44%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -18.
Where is the outrage from the White House concerning Charlie Rangel. 87% of Post readers think he should resign. Many think he should go to prison and share a cell with William Jefferson.

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | July 24, 2010 1:57 PM

This guy is the poster boy for TERM LIMITS...this POS is an arrogant bastard that has used his bloated Federal salary to finance property outside the US...he's a a lazy, un-American that invested outside the US with his Federal salary for one reason....so he could hide his assets from Federal tax....the very tax he writes for the rest of us.

Traficant was crazy and a tax cheat....Charlie is the very embodiment of the cunning tax cheat in the upper income brackets.

He needs his day in Federal Court so he can experience prison and possibly die in prison or both....I suspect he will NOW quickly help pass legislation so his heirs will avoid the 55% estate tax. Hope he leaves the cash to pay it off on his hidden assets! Now that's NEW YORK CHUTZPAH!

I look forward to seeing Charlie as a high compensated tax analyst on the networks. He will probably have his salary paid to a dummy corporation in the Caribbean and never pay a cent on that money either. Greed is good, but a moral compass might serve you well also.....You may get lucky and have a few of your contemporaries join you from the current Congress....if they get caught!

Goldman Sachs could probably use your advice when you get out of prison too. You could start the Rangel Tax Free Mutual Fund and take all the deposits as compensation and then move to Costa Rica and spend last few fleeting nites worrying about extradition.

You have made your bed and unfortunately you may have to lie in it. Hey here's another idea....say that the property you bought outside the US was a CIA Safe House and so the income earned was compensation for covert public duties and then insist that Justice represent you at trial as well as prosecute you. Save money on legal fees.

Yep, Charlie, you are a piece of work. You are beginning to sound more like Traficant everyday. So what are going to do with all those New York properties with tax favor? They were being used as CIA Safe houses too? Right!

Posted by: genedavis3 | July 24, 2010 2:03 PM

No, he should not resign until 2012! We need him as a shining example of how crooked Democrats are! He should stay where he is until we Republicans have retaken this country and then we don't care what he does after that!

Posted by: georges2 | July 24, 2010 2:15 PM

It is astounding that nearly 90% of Compost readers - of whom 90% are so far left they make Cuba appear conservative - agree that Charlie "tax man" Rangle should fall on his sword.

Rangle epitomizes what is wrong in D.C. and in particular the Demonrat party - the arrogance, condescension, elitism, and wanton disrespect for the rule of law. I hope this sucka' fries!

Posted by: freepost | July 24, 2010 2:21 PM

Can you name a black politician since Reconstruction who was not a crook?

Posted by: ravitchn | July 24, 2010 2:33 PM

Rangle should hang in there while he is impeached by congress.

Posted by: bugabbo | July 24, 2010 2:36 PM

This crook's legacy will be Speaker of the House Boehner.

Posted by: sperrico | July 24, 2010 2:39 PM

He should immediately resign. At all times, public servants should avoid conflict of interests. In this case, there seems more than an appearance of wrong doing.

Posted by: jdfuentes | July 24, 2010 2:53 PM

Mr. Rangel’s hubris, unchecked ego and concern for a legacy will prove dear to the Democratic Party and the politician’s constituency. Getting caught, being outwitted is too heavy a burden for the New York congressman. His exchange with Luke Russert and the press statement released on Thursday reveal the flippant attitude and arrogance of the “entitled,” the elected official who already feels above the law. Mr. Rangel, a longtime member of the Washington establishment, exhibits like few others the autocratic behavior inconsistent with his minority electorate. Mr. Rangel travels in contradiction.

Justo J. Sanchez

Posted by: JJSanchez | July 24, 2010 4:09 PM

Resign? NO!!
As an outstanding symbol of the unchecked corruption of the pelosi/hussein regime, TAX CHEAT reprobate range should be on display throughout the campaign leading up to the massive defeat of the d-crat socialists in November.

Posted by: TeaPartyPatriot | July 24, 2010 4:11 PM

ask that question again, once david vitter and john ensign have resigned.

when is the wapo going to do a story on john ensign -- who is being investigated by the fbi?

Posted by: mycomment | July 24, 2010 4:20 PM

Charlie needs to fight this to his last breath. It will serve to remind us just how corrupt the Democrats are into the November elections. I want Charlie to go down swinging and to take as many Democrats as he can down with him.

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | July 24, 2010 4:21 PM

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Posted by: RField7 | July 24, 2010 4:35 PM

Presumably, Charlie has enough money to live out the rest of his life comfortably.

He's going to be reelected even if he commits murder and it's on video tape. Everyone knows this.

So why not have the trial, scream racism, threaten some of the members with divulging some of their dirty secrets (after so many years, he must have a valise full!!), have some fun with it?

Go, Charlie, go!! The best representation for your constituents that money can buy.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | July 24, 2010 4:43 PM

The thing is, the acts he's accused of are not resigning type offenses. He should say his piece at the hearing, give up his chairmanship (permanently), and accept whatever censure comes his way.

The man has done so much for the House and for his community - he's a hero there, and will probably be overwhelmingly re-elected. He'll have another term (at least) to redeem himself.

Not so, if he drags this thing out. Every day he delays the inevitable will be another chip in his otherwise fine legacy.

Posted by: Casey1 | July 24, 2010 4:53 PM

Democrat Charles Rangel should to the honorable thing and resign from the House of Representative. The people of Harlem deserve some new blood to represent their interests. The House ethics committee in all fairness to the American voters needs to present the details of charges against Mr. Rangel’s for violations of proper conduct.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi needs to show American voters that she kept her promise to “drain the swamp” of abuse of elected office and sewage network of self interest improper money deals as chairman of the budget finance committee. Charlie will take care of you, if you vote Yes.

Posted by: klausdmk | July 24, 2010 5:12 PM

I'd like to see Rangel gone one way or another.

However, Rangel's alleged violations pale in comparison to the known crimes of Bush and Cheney.

Posted by: jjedif | July 24, 2010 5:13 PM

Doesn't everyone have a right to a trial?

Let the man have his rights and then let the judge and jury decide.

People, especially, Right-Wingers are so quick to judge people.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | July 24, 2010 5:51 PM

I think he should take it one step farther than resignation.

Posted by: beowulf39565 | July 24, 2010 5:57 PM

The man is a champion of the progressive left. He and they believe that he will get off scott free. I believe his highness Obama will apologize to him and make him a Duke in the Black Panthers of the Round Table.

Posted by: greywolfe | July 24, 2010 6:01 PM

I respect the many years of service Mr. Rangel has
provided to his local NY voters and to America at large.
However, to be fair - we cannot allow fraudulent
behavior to go unchecked. The democrats as well as the republicans must live up to ethical standards and
unfortunately, Mr. Rangel seems to have allowed his
job to become a special funding source.

Posted by: duanepalm | July 24, 2010 6:11 PM

It's the honest politicians who have screwed up this country. We need a few more crooks like Charlie. They know how to deal with the crooks on the other side.

Posted by: billwald | July 24, 2010 6:37 PM

Rangle should be sent to jail.

Posted by: dashriprock | July 24, 2010 7:05 PM

One by one the Senate Democrats should call Rangel and tell him that they are going to vote to convict - and they don't even want to see Rangel's tap dance. There is enough out in the open right now to give a very strong semblance on impropriety. It's it's all the fault of Rangel's actions. The Senators should explain that if Rangel's silly fight takes the Democrats down in Novermber, Rangel is going down with them.

Posted by: Miss_Fedelm | July 24, 2010 7:28 PM

I would rather see Charlie Rangel suffer the embarrassment of a public hearing! I think more crooked and unethical politicians need to be publicly humiliated and stand before God and country in their cloaks of political sin! Maybe only then will their elitist attitudes will become more humble!

Posted by: 312capri | July 24, 2010 7:34 PM

Rangel and other Law Makers who have violated ethics laws should resign. We have pending matters like Senator Ensign who took bribes to bills and even paid his mistress off yet many don't see that as a crime. Dodd got 200,000 dollars as a friend of Countrywide no crime right. Bush committed War Crimes you betcha no crime. Attorney Al Gonzales lied under oath 57 times no crime there. Karl Rove has more crimes then the Mafia yet we see no charges and no crime. Are we now to have a pick and choose crime system?

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | July 24, 2010 7:38 PM

Ravitchn, you are so right. They're either crooked or racist - and that doesn't seem to bother black voters. What angers me most about that is they have a vote in what things affect my life. I resent that.

Posted by: georges2 | July 24, 2010 7:42 PM

Nope!!! Please stay so that the GOP can have a Democrat whipping boy for the election!

Posted by: be4fourty | July 24, 2010 7:47 PM

I love this. The rules apply to everyone else but not me.
Just Vote Them Out.

Posted by: HaigPoint | July 24, 2010 8:37 PM

Nothing, absolutely nothing is going to happen to Charlie.... He will skate by with no problem... I hope I don't have to explain the politics to anyone on line here....

Posted by: james_m_reilly1 | July 24, 2010 8:56 PM

The bigger the government gets, the more corruption will arise. It is said that "absolute power corrupts absolutely", and we're seeing that first hand through the actions of these elist, hypocritical, wealthy lawmakers like Rangel and John "Don't call me Fitzgerald" Kerry (who hid his multi-million dollar yacht in Rhode Island to avoid paying $350,000 in taxes).

The founding fathers had it right - the only way to protect against corruption is to limit the size and power of government.

Posted by: jmzdaman | July 24, 2010 9:10 PM

All the crooks in congress should be forced out, thrown out on their widespread butts.

But then, there would be nobody left in the congress, except maybe the janitors and cleaning ladies.

Maybe they would do a better job, they certainly couldn't do any worse.

And you, the voter, keep voting in these crooks, surprised at how scummy the other people are ... but you seem to like your scumbag.

It's your fault. Is that blaming the victim? Well, you voted for these people. You follow one of these parties, you argue against the other.

Our current despicable mess is all your fault.

Posted by: jontomus | July 24, 2010 9:24 PM

Silly assumption! He'll never face a formal proceeding - jerk though he may be, in true Lyndon style, he has far too many outstanding debts (something about who's what is in his pocket). Nope - hand slap, then go forth and sin no more!

Posted by: fr3dmars | July 24, 2010 10:08 PM

I don't know that it would do any good to resign. He might as well take whatever is comings as a standup Congressman. One down, how many to go?

Posted by: abboggs | July 24, 2010 10:48 PM

Yes,indeed Democrat Congressman Charlie the
apartment man Rangel should resign from
Congress and pack his bags to go to the Fed
pen and prepare to share a jailcell with
that 6'5" big tough black thug named "Bubba" who needs a boyfriend bad.
You Charlie Rangel are a charter member of
Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi Culture of
Corruption just like your fellow Democrat
William "Cold Cash" Jefferson. Resign!

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | July 25, 2010 2:22 AM

Of course, Rangel should resign if he's honest, but he won't because the Progressive Democrats are rife with corruption and bribery, like the Health Care bill, complete corruption at its worst. Not many people are aware of the newest lie contained in that bill, now law.

Subject: Tax on Home Sales with ObamaCare


Now we know what Pelosi meant when she said "we must pass this bill to find out what's in it".

Note that the tax goes into effect just after the next Presidential elections. I guess all politicians aren't dumb after all. Can you imagine the stink when someone buys a house for $400K and then has to sell it and maybe only gets $400K on the sale but will owe a 6% commision to the Realtor ($24,000) and $15,200 to the government.

Along with the expiration of the Bush tax cuts at the end of the year, we're going to be taxed to death.

I guess we all now know what the meaning is of "tax and spend".

Posted by: prossers7 | July 25, 2010 10:04 AM

Each time I now see Charlie Rangel, I remember hearing and seeing Nancy Pelosi in 2006 promising to CLEANSE THE HOUSE OF A 'CULTURE OF CORRUPTION'!

Heck of a job Nancy! Heck of a job. Remember what you promised on November 3, 2010, and you will be able to make some sense as to what happened ----- under YOUR LEADERSHIP (or lack thereof)!

Posted by: wheeljc | July 25, 2010 10:25 PM

Posted by: edbyronadams
"Should Rangel resign is purely a matter of perspective. Should he resign for the good of the party? Yes. Should he resign for the good of Charlie Rangel? No. So he won't."

I noticed you only worry about what is good for the democrat party and Rangel. What about the good for the people he is suppose to represent?

Posted by: ahashburn | July 26, 2010 5:17 AM

Pelosi should be indicted AND resign too.

Posted by: dottydo | July 28, 2010 1:07 AM

It's only a matter of time before Rangel starts screaming that the investigation was due to racism.

Posted by: checkered1 | July 28, 2010 9:20 AM

Rangel is like many of those in Congress, representing very poor districts, who have been in office for a lifetime. They have become rich, yet their districts are still full of poor people, poor neighborhoods, poor schools, and they count on those poor, uninformed folks to continue voting them in every election.
If he has any support out there, it's those same folks that he has counted on for their votes, BUT he's done nothing more than fill his own pockets.
Rangel's story/actions have been duplicated within the walls of Congress, he just happens to be "front and center" right now.
VOTE THEM ALL OUT, starting with Polesi, flying her family around at tax payer expense.

Posted by: ReneesOpinion | July 28, 2010 9:57 AM

We all know Charlie is guilty as sin on some counts...His time has come..he has served his constituency well but like most older politicians has gotten caught up in the greed mode when it was unnecessary...
Ride off into the sunset Charlie.....

Posted by: pentagon40 | July 28, 2010 12:04 PM

Should Rangel resign?

Why? He's in the party of corruption. The Party of back room bribes and sweet heart deals and tax cheats. The party in which Democrat William Jefferson gets appointed to the office of Homeland Security by Pelosi AFTER he was caught with $90,000 bribe money in his freezer. The double standard Party that the Colluding left wing media butt kisses.
Rangel is right where he belongs

BUT

Americans should and will go to the polls in November and kick most of their incompetent corrupt butts out of office.

Posted by: jblast2000 | July 29, 2010 11:54 PM

If Rangel's convicted, he should be literally tarred and feathered and paraded around the country on a rail... for starters.

People given power over the public who then abuse that power need to be punished in extreme ways. Political persuasion notwithstanding.

Posted by: therube | July 30, 2010 8:13 AM

DON'T RESIGN CHUCK!!!! I want to see a full-blown show trial in September, just two months before the mid-term elections and bloodbath for your party. Your trial will be a centerpeice of why The People shouldn't vote for Democratic Socialists!

Posted by: WildBill1 | July 30, 2010 8:34 AM

Rangel's just another crooked politician caught with his hands in the cookie jar. (FYI extremists, crooks and liars come from the both the Right & Left.) He *should* quietly resign and disappear from view but my bet, his ego's too big. He'll play the race card, find God or pull some other maneuver before realizing that he can't squirm out of it this time.

Posted by: JBinVA1 | July 30, 2010 8:48 AM

The fun part is that if he resigns all of the charges are dropped and he can retire on a huge pension.
This is not much more than an opportunity to deflect the far deeper corruption in politics and he is a very visible scapegoat.
Find an honest politician. Please!

Posted by: KBlit | July 30, 2010 10:53 AM

He should not only resign, but his pension should be taken away. Anyone in government who breaks the law should not receive a pension. He stole from the people. The public voted him in and he totally stabbed them in the back.

Posted by: bailey50 | July 30, 2010 11:42 AM

What I find interesting is the fact that the "YES" votes are displayed in red in the result chart. Is this intended to suggest that conservatives want him to resign (Red vs Blue)? It's more likely conservatives want him to be squeezed during trial and be made an example of. The libs want him out of the way; get it over now. I suspect they make up a majority of the red.

Posted by: indypol | July 30, 2010 12:14 PM

Mr. Rangel knows exactly what he has done, and what he is guilty. He will not admit it, because he is an old fool.
Before becoming a politician, he was a lawyer.
It is unfortunate, that after fourty years in politics, he should end up like this. People get greedy, like so many other crooked politicians.
All politicians who have been made to resign, or resign because there is no other way out, should not be rewarded with a huge pension. Tax payer dollars.
If he is found guilty, he will not get a pension, however, if his lawyer makes a deal, who knows what will happen.

Posted by: CocoNYCManhattan | August 1, 2010 1:59 PM

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