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House Censures Rep. Charlie Rangel

Friday, December 03, 2010

Yesterday afternoon, Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) became only the 23rd Representative to be officially censured in Congressional history. Some members had called for an official reprimand, instead, but the House voted overwhelmingly for censure, 333 to 79. A defiant Rangel took to the floor in response, saying, "Even though it is painful to accept this vote, I am fully aware that this vote reflects, perhaps, the thinking of the members, but the political tide and the constituency of this body.”

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Congress Set to Vote on Tax Cuts, Censure for Rangel

Thursday, December 02, 2010

There is a lot on the agenda today for this lame-duck Congress. Senate hearings begin on the military funding bill that contains a legislative repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," while the House will vote on a motion to censure New York Rep. Charlie Rangel, recently convicted of 11 ethics violations. And later, the House will vote on whether to extend Bush-era tax cuts. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich gives us the low-down on the day's votes.

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Rangel Found Guilty of 11 Ethics Violations

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

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Rep. Charlie Rangel was found guilty of 11 ethical violations by a bipartisan Congressional panel who will now determine what punishment to recommend to the full House for an up or down vote.

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Rangel: 'What Happens on the House Floor...'

Friday, August 13, 2010

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At a campaign kick-off rally yesterday, Rangel declined to elaborate on the speech he gave in Congress Tuesday because, "What happens on the House floor, stays on the House floor."

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Rangel: What Happens on the House Floor Stays on the House Floor!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

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From a longer story on Rangel's presser today:

[I tried] asking Rangel to explain part of his speech on the House floor Tuesday, when he reminded colleagues that he had given many of them campaign contributions over the years.

Rangel though, did not want to discuss it.

“What happens on the House floor stays on the House floor as a part of the congressional record. What happens to me in Harlem, Washington Heights, El Barrio, the West Side, I’m yours,” he said.

That part of the speech inspired a New York Times editorial, saying Rangel unintentionally bolstered the case for stronger campaign finance regulations.

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Bad Things Come in Twos'

Thursday, August 12, 2010

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GOP Senate candidate David Malpas is the first person to use video from Rangel’s party last night to hit his opponent.

The video shows Senator Kirsten Gillibrand saying “Thank you Charlie” while a rock song is heard in the background, with a male vocalist singing, “Bad things come in twos.”

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After Rangel Party, Cuomo Touts Ethics Plan

Thursday, August 12, 2010

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One day after appearing at a fundraiser for Rep. Charlie Ranel -- who is facing 13 allegations of breaking congressional ethics rules -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo is out with a new ad.

The topic: Ethics.

"New Yorkers agree, Albany is a mess. It's overrun by lobbyists and special interests. But Andrew Cumo has a tough 20-point plan to clean up Albany, including restricting lobbyist contributions, ending pay to play for powerful for powerful corporations who buy access."

A Cuomo campaign source said there was no connection between the timing of their ethics ad and Rangel's birthday party.

The issue of taking money from lobbyists is, actually, something Cuomo has been criticized for. Also, Cuomo agreed in 2007 to limit campaign contributions to $10,000 -- far below the state's limit. He no longer is abiding by that limit.

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Dinkins' Finger

Thursday, August 12, 2010

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CNN reruns their footage of David Dinkins giving the middle finger to anti-Rangel hecklers.

Peter Vallone Sr., the former City Council Speaker, was standing next to Dinkins, saw the gesture, and smiled.

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Cuomo Attending Rangel Birthday Party

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

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A spokesman for Andrew Cuomo's campaign confirms this report that he's attending Charlie Rangel's birthday party fund-raiser tonight. The report also says Senators Schumer and Gilibrand will be there.

Anyway, I'll now go back to reading the 8,000 word NYT Sunday magazine cover story on Cuomo. So far, my favorite part: "[Andrew] Cuomo used to call his younger brother, Christopher, who grew up in Albany, 'mansion boy.' "

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Powell's 'Vote' Flier

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

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Here’s part of a flier that’s going around parts of northern Manhattan, which features a photograph of Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell and the word “vote” right above it. It was passed to me by an interested reader working on one of the congressional campaigns in the 15th district, where Powell is one of five candidates seeking to oust the incumbent, Rep. Charles Rangel.

I haven’t seen the whole flier, but at fist glance, it looks like a piece of campaign literature, asking readers to vote for Powell.

It’s actually a voter registration form, Powell’s campaign manager, Danny Serrano, told me when I asked him about it. He said it was sent by Powell’s Assembly office, and that similar fliers were sent by many other state legislators.

“The point is not to say we’re trying to get people to vote our way,” said Serrano. The flier is meant to “make it easier for people to register to vote.”

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Next Generation Rangel

Monday, August 09, 2010

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One of the strongest knocks against Rep. Charlie Rangel that I hear when I go to his district is that the twenty-term congressman has been in office for too long.

Each of his four Democratic opponents, to varying degrees, hit on this theme. Which may help explain why the congressman is having a "Team Rangel Next Generation Crew" event two days before his 80th birthday party.

Details for the younger-oriented event after the jump:

 

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Maloney Skips Rangel Party for Family Event

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

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I’m told Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) will be out of state and not attending Rep. Charlie Rangel’s birthday event. She’ll be out of town for a personal family meeting, according to someone familiar with the plans.

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Saujani Makes an Issue of Rangel's Birthday Party

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

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The latest person in calling for Rep. Charlie Rangel to step down is Reshma Saujani, the Democratic challenger to Rep. Carolyn Maloney.

And Saujani is roping Maloney into the story.

Saujani:

"Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney should immediately call for the resignation of Congressman Charles Rangel.

"There is a direct connection between New York's jobs crisis and our state's political crisis.  We cannot continue to look the other way as our elected officials continually lower the bar instead of raise it, create scandals instead of solutions, and hold New York back instead of move our city forward.  We cannot continue to tolerate ethical transgressions and economic stagnation in the name of political expediency and loyalty.

"There are reports that Congresswoman Maloney may be attending Congressman Rangel's birthday party next week. But these 13 charges against Congressman Rangel are serious allegations, not cause for a lavish birthday celebration -- and our elected officials should not be joining him.  

"It is time for New York to demand principled leadership and progress. Congressman Rangel has had a long and distinguished career. But that's no reason to excuse his conduct -- or the conduct of any number of entrenched politicians in this city. It is time for Congressman Rangel to step down, and end his career with dignity, as President Obama stated last week. We need to make way for a new generation of leaders committed to a political and economic renaissance in New York."
WNYC reached out to Maloney for a response to Saujani's statement and will provide an update when we hear back from her.
UPDATE: Maloney defends Rangel, sending this statement. "Charlie Rangel is entitled to due process like every other American. And this process is moving forward. He has been an outstanding advocate for New York City."
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Obama Nudges Rangel

Friday, July 30, 2010

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Rangel's response to Obama's gentle nudge is typical:

President Barack Obama is sending a strong signal to ethics-embattled Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel, telling CBS News that the time has come for the 80-year-old dean of New York’s congressional delegation to end his career “with dignity.”

But a person close to Rangel tells POLITICO the embattled Democrat “doesn’t give a damn about what the president thinks about this” and won’t step down.

The real story here isn't Rangel's response today, but may instead be the responses from other members of Congress that are likely to follow, now that Obama has signaled how he'd like this to end.

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Congressman Rangel Faces 13 Ethics Violations

Friday, July 30, 2010

In a 40-page statement of charges, a House investigative panel formally charged Rep. Charles Rangel with 13 ethics violations. Among the charges was the improper solicitation of donations for a New York building bearing Rangel's name. The charges against the lifetime New York Democrat come weeks before midterm elections.

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Rangel's Response

Thursday, July 29, 2010

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All 32 pages of it.

Rangel’s office responds to the Ethics Committee’ statement of alleged violations. It’s the first official response Rangel has given into the matter. Part of Rangel’s defense is, he didn’t do anything wrong (that’s what he says about the four rent-controlled apartments).

In other areas, he says he wasn’t treated fairly and felt the probe was an attack on him, personally.

“The charges in the SAV [statement of alleged violations] magnify an issue about the proper scope of Congressman Rangel’s official duties into an attack on his integrity.”

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"Although the Investigative Subcommittee compiled and numbered the exhibits for use when questioning witnesses, those numbered exhibits have not been provided to Congressman Rangel. Thus, unless a document is described in great detail in the transcripts—which is rarely the case—the reader is left to guess at the document the witness is addressing…Consequently, without the numbered exhibits, the testimony is not complete."

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The Charges Against Rangel

Thursday, July 29, 2010

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If you'd like to read all 13 counts.

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No Deal Yet as Ethics Committee Begins Hearing

Thursday, July 29, 2010

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So much for the 1 pm fireworks. Rangel will reportedly admit to wrongdoing and avoid a trial, according to CBS.

The details of course, will be where the fun is. And how Rangel's four Democratic opponents use this issue going forward, not to mention Republicans.

UPDATE: The Ethics Committee is beginning their hearing right now into Rangel, seeming to indicate that reports of a deal to avoid a trial may have been premature. “Credibility is exactly what is at stake here,” said Rep. Michael McCaul, a Republican from Texas, on the committee said.

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In NY, Who Voted to Fund the Wars?

Thursday, July 29, 2010

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Before his ethics probe heated up, Rep. Charlie Rangel was speaking out about how he would not vote to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan unless it was to bring the troops home.

The vote took place earlier this week and the funding was approved.

Rangel, along with most of the Congress members from New York City, voted no. Mike McMahon, the Democrat representing the Republican-leaning 13th district in Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, was the only one from NYC to vote for the funding.

Here’s how the rest of the New York delegation voted on the bill (and thank goodness for the handy map from the Times):

 

NY-1: Democrat Tim Bishop-yes

NY-2: Democrat Steve Israel-yes

NY-3: Republican Peter King-yes

NY-4: Democrat Carolyn McCarthy-yes

NY-5: Democrat Gary Ackerman-yes

NY-6: Democrat Gregory Meeks-no

NY-7: Democrat Joe Crowley-no

NY-8: Democrat Jerry Nadler-no

NY-9: Democrat Anthony Weiner-no

NY-10: Democrat Ed Towns-no

NY-11: Democrat Yvette Clarke-no

NY-12: Democrat Nydia Velazquez-no

NY-13: Democrat Mike McMahon-yes

NY-14: Democrat Carolyn Maloney-no

NY-15: Democrat Charlie Rangel-no

NY-16: Democrat Jose Serrano-no

NY-17: Democrat Eliot Engel-yes

NY-18: Democrat Nita Lowey-yes

NY-19: Democrat John Hall-yes

NY-20: Democrat Scott Murphy-yes

NY-21: Democrat Paul Tonko-no

NY-22: Democrat Maurice Hinchey-no

NY-23: Democrat Bill Owens-yes

NY-24: Democrat Mike Arcuri-yes

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Towns: Rangel 'Is Going to be There'

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

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In case you’re wondering, the person with the second most seniority in the New York congressional delegation is Rep. Ed Towns of Brooklyn. He was elected to Congress in 1983. Rangel got there in 1971.

So, is he even thinking about becoming the dean of the delegation, since there’s that whole situation with Rep. Charlie Rangel?

“No it hasn’t because I know Rangel is going to be there,” Towns told me yesterday. “He’s doing well. I understand there was a poll taken and he is so far out front that it’s not even any real contest. Which means that’s he’s going to continue to be around.”

Okay.

If and when (when?) Rangel leaves Congress, it will undoubtedly by the end of a certain era in New York politics, one that saw that dominance (and some dimming) of New York’s black political establishment in Harlem.

That changing-of-the-guard moment will only fuel more chatter about how real power center of New York’s black political establishment should rightfully be acknowledged as having moved from Harlem to other areas of the city, like Towns’ section of Bed-Stuy in Brooklyn. Southeast Queens, with its cultural history, affluence and charismatic figures also can lay claim to the mantle too.

When I asked, Towns downplayed the notion there’s any rivalry or tension between the these areas and said that Rangel is revered figured citywide.

Towns recalled a recent meeting where Brooklyn constituents said things like, “You know how long it took Charles Rangel to become the chair of the Ways and Means Committee?”

Town added, “There’s a strong support base that he has, even in Brooklyn.”

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