December 8th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
10 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. President Barack Obama

    Dum In Florida wrote:
    Of course he's not stepping down!
    Being unethical is a prerequisite for a Democrat politician…starting with the president-elect.

    I know your still bitter from the LOPSIDED election but get over it....
    If that's too much to ask Maybe you should move to Russia or something... or play in traffic.

    December 8, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. Candy West Virginia

    Why should he? His crimes were far less than Bush's and bush didn't step down.

    December 8, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. kelly WI

    The democrats protect their crooks. Its the Reps who toss out their guys such as Lott, etc. People who did nothing to hurt the country just said something.

    December 8, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. david

    All of them, Reps, Dems and Inds, do things till they are caught, then they retreast behind the trapping of "What,Me?". They forget who they are and become an office with lots of abusable power. Catching them at it is an appropriate role for the press so the public can keep an eye on these guys.

    December 8, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  5. NY Republican

    Politics as usual in the Empire State, and people wonder why nothing gets done in Albany, from consistantly late budgets to the 3rd highest gas prices in the country. Thank you NY Democrats!

    December 8, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  6. Venia

    Scott NYC Independent – you are absolutely correct! The crimes of this administration and some republicans are horrible and they have not paid nor is anyone calling for their heads.

    December 8, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. Larry

    I love the people that will do or say anything to defend their " own " crooks,and out of the other side of their mouths scream bloody murder if it's not "their" guy. I can only hope these people are never called to do jury duty,they don't have the ability to know right from wrong,they can just pick sides.

    December 8, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    You can touch the spots of a lepoard, but you can't move them. Maybe he should seek some advise from Ted Stevens as to whether he should step down.

    December 8, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. Tom in Delaware

    What should Charlie worry about?

    The Democrats insisted that there be oversight of the 700 Billion Bailout Bill, got just what they asked for, but still haven't appointed anybody to the postion yet....want to know why...because then they couldn't distance themselves from it if something goes wrong.

    Why havent the Democrats started investigating the Fannie and Freddie implosion of the sub-prime mortgage crisis guessed it...because they aren't going to investigate themselves, that's why.

    If they could have pinned this on the Republicans, they would have done it by now.

    Charlie Rangel's got nothing to worry about as long as Pelosi is in charge of the House.

    The MSM doesn't want to pursue this anymore than they have to in order to maintain the thinnest veneer of's about time for another Sarah Palin story, don't cha' think?

    December 8, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. harlemite

    Im glad hes not stepping down. His seniority and position as ways and means chairman benefits my district a great deal. keep him and the scandals. at least he is doing what he's been elected to do: send money back to NY 15th district. what do i care about his taxes - thats the IRS' problem

    December 8, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  11. Mike

    I guess a corrupt politician is acceptable in New York. If Rangel were not a politician, he would be in jail.

    December 8, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  12. Rae

    Stepping down would be a bit harsh. Perspective people.

    December 8, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. NYDEM

    Rangel is an unethical bum who represents everything that is wrong with politicians and Congress. Rangel doesn't believe any rules apply to him, but he gets holier than thou in imposing his beliefs on everyone else. How many rent-controlled apartments? How much in taxes did he fail to pay? How many lies on his tax returns?

    December 8, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. Once you vote Black

    Lizza perhaps I am wrong gut a Jew I went to High School once bragged that because he is US and Jewish he had dual citizenship. I know that Ghana has granted dual citerzenship to any African American who wants it. Perhaps I am wrong, but perhaps you are and don't know it. Might be worth looking into it. They may grant it by you have to apply for it, or this kid might have been wrong.

    December 8, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. Steve from TN

    Charlie, those cited for heroism in combat in Korea are expected to live their lives in accordance with such recognition. I admire your service and hopefully these allegations will prove to be without merit.

    December 8, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. Linda in Florida

    We think nothing of universities pulling scholarships for a student plagiarizing one sentence in a speech or paper and refusal to enroll that student.. Yet the public supports the behavior from elected officials which should get them thrown from office and as in Ted Stevens case JAIL. If it is a Republican, the public perception is totally different when it is a Democrat. Isn't this one land, one rule of law for everyone? And as most of the time, the government will not go after one of it's own, it takes newspaper stories to get them to act. So you are right, they deserve their day in court, but get them to the court room! Also, as a republic, the idea was that the country would utilize the best; not do as the royalty had done and give family and friends the job – heard of nepotism?

    December 8, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. ray

    Don't see how Mr. Clean Michael Bloomberg could show any support of this crook. If any Republican was even accused (don't have to be guilty) of any of these same things Bloomberg and all the other crook dems would be screaming for a resignation.

    December 8, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  18. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    Dean in Florida: Being unethical is a prerequisite for a Democrat politician…starting with the president-elect.

    So being ethical is a trait of the GOP? Forget Ted Stevens already? Corrupt politicians be they Repub or Dem, must be thrown out on their ear. Period. As far as P.E. Obama, you just need to get over it and accept that he will be your President for four or eight years. Thank you.

    December 8, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. Brenda R. Harris

    The man needs to lead by example and close the door behind him.Get out.!!!

    December 8, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. Jenn

    heheheheh got to love those Dems what me I didn't do anything

    December 8, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  21. Lee


    December 8, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. Susan, Nebraska

    Scott NYC Independent...where do you get your information? CNN? LOL

    December 8, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  23. Mari

    Even though I am a Democrat, Rangel MUST GO!

    December 8, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  24. JimB

    Hey...At least this guy didn't say, "Bring it on!!" to the world, inciting countries who hate us to hate us even more; or start a war that has cost us (so far) tens of thousands of casualties, and costs us billions per month to fund....for WMD that didn't even exist!!!

    Give me a break!! You mean to say you want to crucify this guy for some alleged (and relatively minor) ethics improprieties, but you let Bush and his administration get away scot free?? This isn't even moral relativism; it's plain stupidity!!

    December 8, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  25. Rick

    Rangel needs to go – as much as Paul Kanjorski should have lost his re-election and as much as William Jefferson in Louisiana deserved to lose his re-election (and did). There are people in both parties who abuse power. Good riddance Ted Stevens.

    December 8, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
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