Friday, July 23, 2010

'It's Time For Him to Move On'

If only we had term limits, this guy would have moved on in 1976. Well, it's never too late to return to the private sector, now is it?
The news that Rep. Charles Rangel faces multiple ethics charges traveled fast in Harlem, where some of his disgusted constituents said they've had enough of their scandal-scarred congressman.

"It's sad. I'm sad. I trusted him," said Michelle Thomas, a Harlem retiree.

"If he represents the people, he has to set an example for the people. We pay taxes. He should pay taxes."

Alexandra Rawles, 41, said she's not going to vote for Rangel again.

"It's time for him to move on," said Rawles, a Democrat like the congressman.

When asked what the final straw was for her, she grimaced and said, "All those apartments!" in reference to one of the more serious ethics violations against him.

Rangel's four rent-regulated apartments also infuriated another Democratic constituent, who said he'd pull the lever for someone else come Election Day.

"I live in the [building] where Rangel has all the apartments. I didn't care for that apartment scam at all," fumed the voter, who didn't want to give his name.

He said he wasn't sure for whom he'd vote, but it would "never" be Rangel.
Rangel's ego is far too big to step aside and sadly enough, he'll probably waltz to an easy victory in November.

Other Democrats are extremely nervous, with good reason.
But Democrats in tough districts are extremely nervous, fearing the GOP will pummel them with the Rangel case.

"If it's really bad, a whole lot of people will be calling [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi at once," asking her to push Rangel out, an aide said.

One staffer for a Democrat in a red-leaning district lamented Rangel's strong support from the speaker, who likes the Harlem scion immensely.

"Pelosi's close relationship with Rangel isn't doing anyone any good," the staffer said.

Sloan predicted revelations from a trial could just be too much.
Sorry, folks. You stood by him, you own him.

Your problem.

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