December 8th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
9 years ago

Rangel not stepping down

Rangel said he is not stepping down from his powerful chairmanship.

Rangel said he is not stepping down from his powerful chairmanship.

(CNN) - Under fire for allegations of ethical violations, New York Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel told reporters Monday that he has no intention of stepping down as chairman of the key tax writing committee in the House.

"I don't see what purpose that would serve," Rangel said as he left a press conference with a group of Mayors. "I don't think reporters should be in the position of removing Chairmen.”

Recently press reports raised questions about Rangel's support for a tax break for a company that contributed to an academic center bearing his name and his campaign fund’s $80,000 payment to his son for designing his campaign Web site. The House ethics committee is already investigating Rangel for failing to pay taxes on a vacation home, using a rent controlled apartment for his political committee, and his use of official congressional stationary to solicit funds for the academic center.

Asked if the ethics committee should investigate the latest allegations, Rangel replied, "they should investigate everything that's been said."

Lashing out at the most recent report appearing in Politico that Rangel paid his son $80,000 to design his campaign Web site, a fee that experts say was legal but excessively high, Rangel said, "I think the reporter should crawl from under his rock and apologize to my son."

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg meanwhile praised Rangel and said he continues to be a valuable ally for New York City.

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soundoff (172 Responses)
  1. katiec

    Innocent until proven guilty. Do not know if he is guilty so will wait for the results of the investigation.
    Do wish he would quit mouthing off about Barack Obama's decisions. He is letting his ego overcome common sense.

    December 8, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. dave

    No,he won't be investigated.censured or even criticized. Want to know why ,he has a D after his name.

    December 8, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. FreeNLovIt

    Good for him. Like Jesus said, " Let the ones who is blameless, cast the first stone". And nobody stoned the prostitute to death. Release all the Wall Street CEOs first, before he's let go.

    December 8, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. Sherrol

    Rangel is a disgrace to his state and country and should step down. This is not the first time shady dealings of his have come to light.

    There's never smoke without fire!!

    December 8, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. Scott NYC Independent

    Considering all the under the table stuff that the Bush adminstration is getting away with and considering all the over the table stuff that we the public have seen from the republican party we must keep in mind that no republican has been terminated in the last 8 years. The things they have done during that time are close to treason. I mean lets be for real impeach Clinton for a sexual act and nothing for Bush for lying about WMD and sending soliders to war on false pretenses. Paying his son $80,000 is a joke – please give us stuff to send some deserving republicans to jail now that we are getting a new Attorney General that will uphold the law.

    December 8, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. David in Dallas

    I've been to his web site ( and it's not worth $80k.

    Another corrupt and abusive politician. No surprise there, though it's noteworthy that this time it's a Democrat, instead of a Republican as usual.

    December 8, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. Merry

    Time for resignation Charlie...

    December 8, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. Dave

    You misspelled "stationery".

    December 8, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Dave


    December 8, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. PA politico

    Most ethical Congress in history huh? Wake up America.

    December 8, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. Dave


    December 8, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  12. Colby

    I am astounded that a representative of the people is still in power reigning insignificant rhetoric over his platitudes as a legislator. Rangel is one of the reasons the political process detracts from it's mandate as an instrument of the people by the people. Rangel has been around so long and has ingrained his obscure agenda into the core of his constituents he actually believes that his presence means something. So much so that he delights in the act of posturing his meaning in legislative chambers for the right to label his essence onto a library for a depressed community in his district. Someone should remind Mr Rangel that such distinctions and honors are to be pronounced on someone that actually works for the people and its interests. Shame on you America for letting this pompous masquerade continue to reign affluence of insignificance.

    December 8, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. Charles W. Skinner


    Nancy Pelosi's "new era of ethics in Washington DC." takes another hit. At least William Jefferson got beaten in Louisiana, so she doesn't have to take yet another two years of pounding for not drumming him out of Congress.

    C'mon Pelosi. Where's the 'Ethics' reform you promised us? Oh, yeah, I forgot that you LIED to the American People in order to get into power, and now you're just continuing to lie to them and hoping they don't notice.

    December 8, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. LIP

    What's right is right. If Republicans caught in their own webs need to step down, then so do Democrats. While we are at it, how about Chris Dodd and Barney Frank? These two architects of the ruin of our countries economy should also take it in the shorts. Remember Bush and Greenspan, way back in 2002, came to them to rein in the banks and they laughted in their faces and now those two same creeps are asking for help for the Big 3. The only connection I see here is the votes of the UAW that are perpetually promised to the Democrats for "favors Forever". Let's get real folks and do what is right.

    December 8, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. REGGIE92

    If this were a Republican there would be total outrage. The media and the Congress would put on so much pressure. They would demand that Rangel step down. The Democrats never take responsibilty for their actions. By the way what ever happened to the Congressman that had $90,000 in his freezer? What politial party was he from? Hummmm.

    December 8, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. Ricky

    I used to like him but where there is smoke there is fire. Time to go Charlie...

    December 8, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  17. David

    This scumbag will have to be forcibly removed. He is a disgrace to public service. He's only interested in what buildings he can put his name on.

    December 8, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  18. chris @ stl

    This idiot should step down ...

    December 8, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  19. James at 45

    Do the right thing. Resign, Charlie. Oops, wait, you're a Democrat, so moral relativism applies. Well, I guess if no one got killed, it's OK.

    December 8, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  20. David

    Scott in NYC, I do agree with you but i don't agree on you calling this incoming AG one that will uphold the law. He is another insider that has some scrupulous dealings and coverups.

    December 8, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  21. Will 18E

    Look, the Govment created a department, mission, and budget so Dick Cheany's Daughter could have a six figure income and benifits, so what the big deal.

    December 8, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. John Dahlman

    This is a typical response from another corrupt democrat. Whether it's congressman William Jefferson who was indicted for taking bribes, or the ex governor of new jersey Jim Mcgreavey, or Harry Reid with his shady lands deals. As long as you have a D after your name in politics I guess corruption is expected and no big deal .

    December 8, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. patriot

    Hey Scott – He's a democrat. You little people are funny.

    December 8, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. Seriously?

    I'm a democrat, but you, sir, sound corrupt. Get out.

    December 8, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  25. Brian, NJ

    If he was a Republican, God help him the flack he would be getting.

    December 8, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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