New York congressman Charlie Rangel appears to flip off a heckler at yesterday's Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade:
"Hey, Charlie! Charlie, you're a crook, you're a crook! You cheated on your taxes. You're a crook! Stop trying to get your censure overturned--it was rightfully done. You're a crook! You're a crook, Charlie. Charlie, you're a crook. You crook! Charlie, you're a crook. Charlie, you're a crook. Charlie, you're a crook. You're a crook, Charlie. You can give me the finger all you want. You're a crook. You're nothing but a crook, Charlie. You got censured and now you're trying to overturn it, becaure you're a crook. You're a crook. Charlie, you're nothing but a crook. You cheated on your taxes. How many city supported apartments did you have? You cheated on your taxes. You should be in jail. You're a crook. You should be in jail. Give me the finger again, yeah. You're a crook. You should be in jail. You crook," yells the heckler.
Last night the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to censure Representative Charlie Rangel (D-NY), 333-79. Only two Republicans (Peter King of New York and Don Young of Alaska) voted against the censure resolution, but Democrats were more evenly divided, with 170 supporting the resolution and 77 opposed. Interestingly, the divide among Democrats appears to be related to race.
Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) has been found guilty on 11 ethics charges, ending a two-year investigation into his personal finances.
A special eight-member panel of the House ethics committee, after deliberating for roughly six hours, found that there was "clear and convincing evidence" that Rangel had violated House ethics on 11 of the 13 charges he faced heading into a rare public ethics trial.
Five days after the House ethics committee charged Rep. Charlie Rangel with possible violations, and Rangel professed to be "looking forward" to fighting the charges in a public trial, the congressman is reportedly trying to do a last minute deal:
A settlement would mean that Rangel must agree that he committed some ethical misconduct. The ethics committee's trial phase was due to start Thursday.
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.