Charlie Rangel Pretty Excited About Facing Ethics Charges
10:08 AM, Jul 23, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
I don't know why y'all would think that a subcommittee on ethics not convened since James Traficant would worry Charlie Rangel. I guess 40 years in a safe Congressional seat makes a man supremely confident. Rangel told reporters yesterday, after a House committee revealed he would be charged with ethics violations after a two-year investigation, that he "looks forward to responding," and that the "cloud" over is now dissipating.
I think he may misunderstand the nature of clouds.
But let's probe Rangel's sunny disposition a little further. When MSNBC's legacy whippersnapper Luke Russert poses the fairly reasonable question— "Do you think you might lose your job over this?"— Rangel is entertainingly flummoxed. He is, after all, a public servant who works diligently to write the tax code we must all follow and then allegedly ignores it when it suits him. Russert should really show a little respect, if not for Rangel's distinguished career, at least for his chutzpah:
Rangel also promised in 2008 to make 20 years of tax records public once the ethics committee had determined whether he violated any rules. I wonder if he's "looking forward" to that.