September 10th, 2008
10:32 AM ET
6 years ago

Rangel says he will not resign over back taxes dispute

Rangel is not resigning.
Rangel is not resigning.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rep. Charles Rangel, a New York Democrat, said Tuesday he would not step down as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means committee in the face of calls from the Republican leader in the House for him to resign.

Rangel has been under fire for failing to report income from a rental property he owns in the Dominican Republic. He admitted Tuesday he had not paid tax on the income, but said it was a mistake and that he would pay whatever back taxes he owes.


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soundoff (140 Responses)
  1. redneck for obama

    so ? pay them and move on. with all the red tape bs of our tax code ,i'm sure he's not the first person to make a mistake.

    September 10, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. Dennis

    I would like to know how the chair of the HW&M committee where all tax rules go through does not understand Section 61 of the Internal Revenue Code.

    Did he keep the rental income in his freezer?

    September 10, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. Andy

    He's a Democrat. Of course he won't resign. Meanwhile Duke Cunningham rots in jail. Republicans purge their party of criminals, Democrats promote theirs.

    September 10, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. D from OHIO

    One more time a politician caught dirty. Now its a mistake. Run the BUM out of office!!!

    September 10, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. Lisa

    We do need change, John and Sarah? That is a funny one!!!Obama/Biden 08!!!!!!!!

    September 10, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. Brenda of Saginaw ,Michigan

    There is always a bad " APPLE " in the barrel that will cause the rest to rot. He is not above the law and should be treated a such.No way did he forget to pay he taxes.

    September 10, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  7. FreeNLovIt

    We all NEED to resign if we dont get this election right! We need change!!! Notmore of the same failed policies

    September 10, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. Member of NY District 15 (rangel country)

    As a constituent, I am glad Rangel will address these issues.
    However, lets hope this won't fuel the partisan bickering in Congress all the more.

    We need legislators who believe in change and are willing to stand up for their moral convictions, such as Congressman John Lewis of Georgia.

    Unfortunately, so many political leaders are so consumed with their own business that they forgot their own district, and its many needs.

    September 10, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. Nobama

    Funny how some of these guys can get away with things like not paying taxes and saying it was a mistake. If that was the average american we'd regret it for the rest of our lives. Just goes to show that if your part of the government you can get away with ANYTHING.

    And its Democrats like this that the Obamabots want in congress. If Obama was smart he'd call for Rangel to resign, toss him aside to help his failing campain. But as we all know the Dems try to show unity which will allow McCain to exploit this to help his campain.

    McCain/Palin 08 change america needs
    Obama/Biden never change to destroy america

    September 10, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. Jeff

    Yeah, when he does it it's a mistake. When the rest of us do it, it's a felony. What a corrupt blowhard.

    September 10, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  11. Scott Tucson

    Boy! The dems sure love to raise our taxes but don't want to pay them like the rest of us Americans.

    September 10, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  12. Greg

    Typical democrat, a liar, a cheat and a phony. Just like Obama and Biden.

    September 10, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  13. Bill

    And this party is calling for change? Looks like the same old garbage politics here.

    September 10, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. Pig in a Bow Tie

    I like how he called it "a mistake." What a loser.

    September 10, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  15. Steve R

    I SAY BE GONE WITH YOU!!!!!!!!!!

    TERM LIMITS ON CONGRESS NOT JUST THE PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 10, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

    Dude, you need to step down and do it now. Politicians from both parties need to put country first.

    September 10, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  17. john

    Let's see what Barack says about this. if he doesn't, it will show him for the politican he is. Change would be to call for the indictment of Rangel.

    This is a slap in the face to the American taxpayer.

    Is this another McCain trick?

    September 10, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  18. ET

    You should resign, or is it that politician's above the law?

    September 10, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  19. K of TX

    aND HE SHOULDN'T!

    September 10, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  20. chris

    It's amazing how the Replicans can call the dems names but they cry foul when you do the same thing to them, get over it folks, the other day M'cain claimed that he has broken with his party several times, that may be true but he is back to supporting the same issues on which he broke with his party, so i don't understand why he wants another medal of honor when he is flip flopping on issues he earlier broke with his party.

    September 10, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  21. Lou

    who cares?

    September 10, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  22. Mr. Smith The Republican

    if he steps down will the unfit lying thieving Mom step down from our ticket.....stay put sir.....stay strong...vote Obama

    September 10, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  23. Phil

    This is just one of the many reasons there should be term limits for any public office. Serving in the Senate or House is not meant to be a career. As long as they are careers, there will be more and more corruption.

    September 10, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  24. Mike, TX

    This is an example of the corruption in Washington. This is an example also of why Obama won't change anything. Do you really think Obama has the courage to take on Rangel?

    Rangel is responsible for the Freddy Mac and Fanny Mae debacle as well, yet no one questions him on that.

    Shoddy reporting on corrupt politicians.

    September 10, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  25. Joe Regis

    Reporting errors or mistakes are routine in filing returns and that is why we have adjustments or amendments to change or correct the mistakes.

    This is nothing unusual and he should not resign over it.

    No need to resign at all.

    September 10, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
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