Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Rangel Takes Leave Of Absence From Chairmanship

In deciding whether to carry Charlie Rangel into the midterms or risk an all out fight with the Congressional Black Caucus and their allies, both sides took the easy way out.

Rangel will 'temporarily step aside':

“In order to avoid my colleagues having to defend me during their elections, I have this morning sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi asking her to grant me a leave of absence until such time as the ethics committee completes its work” on a number of accusations against him, the congressman said in a hurriedly scheduled meeting with reporters.

Given that the committee is dominated by Democrats, expect that work to take a very long time to get completed..say, until after the midterms. Pelosi probably made a deal with Rangel to have the Committee to come up with a minor wristslap, delivered ideally between election day and when the new Congress sits.

Chew on that for a minute. Serving justice when it comes to this sleazy little tax cheat doesn't matter a bit. Political advantage for the Democrats is everything.

'Most ethical Congress evah.' Ri-ight.

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