Michel Faulkner hopes to take down Charlie Rangel. Apr 26, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 30 • By ELIZABETH POWERS
From my amateur vantage point there are three kinds of politi-cians. The first are the “process” types. They may have gone into politics for idealistic reasons or for the opportunities, but in the end, especially if they are long-serving, the process becomes the whole game, and they find themselves gobbled up by it. The result has been bigger and bigger government.
10:42 AM, Mar 5, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Mark Hemingway reports:
At least 27 Democratic members of the House of Representatives have sent to charities $378,000 in campaign donations from scandal-plagued Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., since Feb. 28.
12:23 PM, Mar 3, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Following an admonishment by the House Ethics Committee, Charlie Rangel has taken a (supposedly) temporary leave of absence as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. Rangel's successor, Pete Stark, has been investigated for an ethics violation as well and also has a history of bizarre, inflammatory outbursts. Politico reported earlier this week on an ethics investigation of Stark:
9:40 AM, Mar 1, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports:
U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal (R-Ga.) said Monday morning he will resign from Congress to “devote my full energies to the campaign for governor.”
Deal is one of seven Republicans seeking the GOP nomination for governor. He will resign from the U.S. House on March 8.
Deal, whose departure apparently voids a U.S. House ethics investigation into his business dealing with the state, announced his resignation at the Gainesville Civic Center before a crowd of about 100 supporters, who applauded his remarks.
“This is not a time for untested leadership in the governor’s office,” Deal said. “The economic future of our state is in peril.”
Deal's retirement (along with John Murtha's death and the retirements of Robert Wexler and Neil Abercrombie) will make 216 the new number for a majority in the House.
2:15 PM, Feb 26, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Whatever happened to "draining the swamp" in Washington? Nancy Pelosi is sticking with Charlie Rangel:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters today that Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY), the chair of the Ways and Means Committee, did not violate House rules by accepting two trips to the Caribbean that were paid for by corporations.
But last night, the House Ethics Committee released an official report admonishing Rangel for taking the junkets and finding that he did, in fact, violate House rules.
"What I understand -- and I haven't seen the report ... [is] that he did not violate the rules of the House and I think that's an important statement," Pelosi said.
The ethics committee "said this press release shall stand as the admonishment of him," she went on. "They did not take action against him. They just said he did not willfully break the rules."
7:25 PM, Feb 25, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
The House ethics committee has concluded that Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel knowingly accepted Caribbean trips in violation of House rules that forbid hidden financing by corporations, the AP has learned.