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)

    I believe that Madam Speaker ought to show him the door: fat political cats of ANY PARTY are no longer welcome!!

    The best present for die-hard Republicans is to see that bad Democratic apples are treated differently than their Republican counterparts.

    Let's get serious and lets clean up the Democratic House of Representatives.


    December 8, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. Politics at its worst

    A politician not taking responsiblity for his actions?
    I'm shocked. Shocked I tell you.

    December 8, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    I am a Democrat, but I am also an American fed up with corruption and lies. Charlie, don't let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.

    December 8, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. ron

    scott nyc

    get out from that rock and join the world of reality

    December 8, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. Dean in Florida

    Of course he's not stepping down!

    Being unethical is a prerequisite for a Democrat politician...starting with the president-elect.

    December 8, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. Anti-trash

    When does a Democrat ever step down?

    December 8, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. George in CA

    Oh, another dirty politican, but this time, it is a democrate so the liberal media isn't harping on it. Where is the "fair" journalism supposedly available from the NY Trash (ie, Times)?

    Where's the "integrity" that dim wit Nancy Pelosi promised?

    December 8, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. mike in nola

    before you tar and feather this guy, why not wait until he is actually charged and convicted by a LEGAL AUTHORITY instead of a newspaper reporter?

    If he is found guilty, great remove him! But like many things in the media what the "reporter" says is not necessarily the truth and a random charge by a reporter is not a legal reason to remove anyone from any committe or job..

    December 8, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. earle,woodstock,vt

    Bravo, Rep. Rangel for your outstanding service to this Country,War Hero,Great Politcian, and stalwart citizen of America!

    December 8, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. Otis

    If you don't know you're corrupt, you must be in Washington too long.

    I think it's high time the people start electing these committee heads.

    December 8, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. Rick

    Another corrupt democrat? No way!!

    Is anyone surprised that the party of zero ethics has another crook in office?

    December 8, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  12. Kris in AL


    December 8, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  13. jj

    Any ELECTED official should be on trial if they ABUSE the power and TRUST that was given to them and thrown out of office if the findings are accurate. They should also be made to pay back the taxpayers they gyped at twice the price or more. Then maybe it wouldn't look so enticing for others to do it.

    December 8, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. Christopher, Madison, WI

    Charlie must go! I'm a dem and I say throw him under the bus!

    December 8, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. AJ

    Rangel is as crooked as they come (not to mention arrogant) and should be stripped of his chairmanship. It's time Congress learned that there are consequences for unethical behavior.

    December 8, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  16. joe smith

    hey, look at w. blitzer, he was a no name too, but thanks to the first mr. bush, and desert storm presto..a reporter of gargantuan savy..yeh, right..look rangel, you may even get an invite to state your position on his tv show..

    December 8, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  17. Adam Smith TX, USA

    Why should he leave until the voters throw him out?!!!

    December 8, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  18. Laura, Boston

    $80,000 for a web-site set up. Boy I better change my line of work. That is redicious!

    Rep. Rangel has so many things that the ethics committee is investigating that I think the appearance of inpropiety is the important thing here. He should at least temporarily step down a chairman of the committee until he can put this behind him.

    That ought to be one heck of a web-sight...$80,000!

    December 8, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  19. NYC Native

    Rangel needs to "crawl out from under his rock" and apologize to NYC taxpayers!

    December 8, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. Richard Rohde

    If he was a Republican he would lead the new cycle until he resigned. You have to remember the same people that support him are the same people that think OJ Simpson was framed, who want to bail out the UAW (by the way how much did they give to ACORN to steal the election) and the same people who gave us Kwame Kilpatrick and the Ford family in Memphis, William Jefferson and the mayor of Birmingham.

    December 8, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. seamus

    One phrase to cure almost all of what ails DC. TERM LIMITS!

    These people stay in way to long. They lose all touch with the ordinary citizen, while at the same time establishing a base for cronyism and corruption. The president has term limits, so should congress.

    December 8, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  22. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    Like Jefferson from New Orleans, the only way to get rid of an unethical democrat like Rangel is to vote them out which does not happen very often in democrat strong holds like New York' s Harlem District. Charlie you are safe just as your buddies Dodd and Franks are safe over the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac debacle causing this recession!

    December 8, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  23. Milhouse van Houten

    "Charlie Wrangle" in,how do I get out of this one?

    December 8, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  24. Virginia

    A Dem who is unethical not stepping down-well, isn't he special!! And are we not surprised, after all Bill Clinton didn't do it either, and he was very, very immoral and unethical. They go hand in hand. Maybe he won't be re-elected–one can only hope!

    CNN, I am ready to moderate for a couple of hours, but not much longer......

    December 8, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  25. Michael

    What exatly did Bush get away with? You can bet if he broke any law, he would still be swinging. Scooter Libby got nailed, for cooperating with an investigation of a non-crime. What about Richard Armitage, he admitted to leaking Plames name, but that was not a crime. Having your account of the facts in opposition to a liberal journalist's was the crime committed by Libby. Charles Rangel could scream for an investigation from the roof of the capital and it won't happen; not with the most most ethical house and senate in history...well in the eyes of Pelosi and Reid.

    December 8, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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