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It Took Four Years, but Pelosi Finally Got Around to Starting on That “Most Ethical Congress Ever” Thing She Promised

Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 12:52 EST Leave a comment Go to comments

U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY)And the unlucky recipient of a guilty verdict is Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY). It couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy.

Among the transgressions attributed to the ethically-challenged Congress member are illegal use of multiple rent-controlled apartments for political use, evading taxes and foregoing interest payments on a Caribbean villa, and using Congressional letterhead for personal and political purposes.

Poor Charlie had complained that the Ethics Committee hadn’t given him enough time to examine the evidence, prepare a defense, and raise money to pay his lawyers. And speaking of paying his lawyers, he couldn’t resist yet another ethics lapse doing that, either:

Rangel cannot accept free legal advice under the House gift ban, but has already used nearly $300,000 from his national leadership PAC to cover attorneys’ fees, which is also a violation of House rules.

Only in New York City (and maybe Chicago) can someone so transparently corrupt be re-elected by a 4-1 margin just a couple of weeks before his trial on multiple ethics violations. New York voters really are a unique kind of stupid, aren’t they?

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