Calling For “Good Time” Charlie’s Gavel

Ken Spain, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) said, “Not only do we have a Democrat-led congress that refuses to listen to the American people, but Nancy Pelosi and her allies refuse to listen to themselves. Already four House Democrats have called on Rangel to resign, and still the speaker continues to turn a blind eye to unethical and corrupt behavior within her own caucus. She promised to run the ‘most ethical congress in history’ and instead the voters got an out-of-touch, tone-deaf majority that appears to be belly flopping into the very swamp they promised to drain.”

Pelosi said during a recent press conference that she had not yet read the full report from the ethics committee, which admonished “Good Time Charlie”, the chairman of the most powerful committee on The Hill, The Ways and Means Committee, for improperly accepting reimbursement for two trips to the Caribbean.

The Ethics Committee’s press statement found “…that Representative Charles B. Rangel violated the House gift rule by accepting payment or reimbursement for travel to the 2007 and 2008 conferences.”

During the 110th Congress, Rangel inserted articles by the New York Carib News 45 times into the Congressional Record. The word “Caribbean,” inserted by Rangel, appears on a total of 77 separate insertions into the Extensions of Remarks.

The New York Carib News is a heavily circulated paper in New York City, providing news to the very large Caribbean community in the city. Rangel’s Harlem district also hosts a large number of people of Caribbean descent and recent immigrants.

The New York Carib News is owned by the New York Carib News Foundation, which came under fire for hosting a business getaway for members of the Congressional Black Caucus, including Rangel that may have violated congressional ethics rules. According to the New York Post and The Hill, private companies provided the money to the New York Carib News Foundation to spend directly on the travel of the lawmakers. This would be in violation of House ethics rules preventing private companies from providing lawmakers with “in kind” contributions.

Republicans are calling for Rangel’s gavel but as along a “Piñata Pelosi” ignores the findings of the Ethics Committee and the likes of Barbara Lee (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus say things like this: “He’s doing a fine job as chairman of the Ways and Means committee and he’s going to continue to do a good job. He’s a very effective chairman and he’s going to continue to serve as an effective chairman,” the swamp that was promised to be drained will continue to harbor the slimy critters that nightmares are made of.

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