“Any failing in my conduct were the result of good faith mistakes, that were caused by sloppy and careless record keeping but were not criminal or corrupt.”
-Rep. Charles Rangel-
Yesterday, he was saying he had nothing to fear. Today, he was convicted of 11 of the 13 charges of rules violations. And his ordeal isn’t over with. The media has dutifully reported this, but not with the furvor that they would have used had Rangel been found innocent or the charges were against a Republican.
But the truth remains. Rangel was convicted by a panel that was of four Democrats and four Republicans. They now will write what is likely to be a stinging report to amplify it’s findings. Yet the media is all abuzz saying that now the time will come to figure out what to do to Rangel in form of punishment. How about this for a suggestions folks? Do what you would do to a Republican in his shoes! That won’t happen, but it is a suggestion.
What is being discussed instead, arew possible sanctions, which include a House vote deploring his conduct, a fine and denial of certain privileges. Oh boy that will be stinging…..won’t it?
In the AP article on this, it said:
Rangel’s downfall, in part, came in the way he solicited money for a New York college center designed as a momument to himself. There also was his decade of misleading annual disclosures of his income and assets and his use of a subsidized New York apartment — designated for residential use — as a campaign office.
The panel deliberated over two days before its chairman, Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren, made a bare-bones statement announcing the findings — leaving a full explanation for the upcoming written report.
Now here is my take on this. It does my heart good to know that they convicted him of his wrong doings. But, if Rangel had been a Republican, he, like Tom Foley, would be drummed out of his cushy office and made to retire in shame, like Foley was for much less. But since he is a democrat, he will probably hold onto his office as long as he wants too, like Teddy Kennedy did after killing Mary Jo Kopechne with his actions after a car accident in Chappaquiddick in 1968, and then getting it pushed under the covers and serving a long and illustrious career in the Senate.
This whole thing is distasteful to me, but what has happened will probably be the extent of it, short of the “sanctions” and small actions against him taking away some privileges that he probably won’t miss.
Now, I am not bemoaning the fact that Foley was made to retire for his wrong doing…….because he should have been, but, shouldn’t the same be done for the democrats who do wrong too? So far it never is. They always wiggle their way out of punishment somehow.
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