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. ch

    Charles Rangel is an American hero – he fought in the Korean War and earned a Purple Heart for his heroics.

    He has been an upstanding crusader on behalf of civil rights. The US Congress is lucky to have memebrs of his caliber.

    His life is an inspiration.

    God bless Charles Rangel.

    December 8, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |

    I'm a Democrat and a black man, but I'm tired of this. We need to purge the government of the very people that are ruining it. They are wasting our money, destroying the credibility of government, and committing one criminal act after another. Throw all the bums out. (Republican or Democrat)

    And then they have the nerve to come back to us and say, "whoops! we messed up all the money you gave us. So you're gonna have to just give us more..."

    Obama 08 Making it happen

    December 8, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |

    Enough of the taxation without representation!!!

    December 8, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. No Hillary = No Obama

    They never want to leave do they? Addicted to power, fame and the camera lights – convicted felons, ethics violators, sexual predators – it's the same pattern with all of them.

    December 8, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. Howie

    Isn't it funny how Politicians are always innocent and the rest of us go to jail for the same offense. Rangle give us a break and step down.

    December 8, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. Once you vote Black

    Have there been any formal charges? If not this may be a lot of Hot Air. Keep your powder dry. This guy has a good history. He could just be getting some bad press.

    December 8, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. tess

    why would rangel step down – democrats could care less if you are dishonest, criminal or cheat as long as you are a democrat!! the party of pelosi and reid is all about corruption so rangel fits right in!

    December 8, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. Red, Red WHINE!!

    Well, I've done quite a bit of republican bashing. It's only fitting that I act with some maturity and agree with republicans that this man is a disgrace. For god's sake, he's acting like a republican!! You know, Committing crimes and ruining stuff!

    He's a disgrace, and should be put in prison!

    December 8, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. alreadytiredofit

    I don't care what anyone's party affiliation – corrupt politicians should be forced out, voted out or resign – PERIOD!!! As a regular citizen, I'm sick and tired of all this. Why can't we get people in office who will do the right thing, no matter what?!

    December 8, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. beckster


    December 8, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. Timothy

    If Mr. Rangel is found guilty then he must resign from his chairmanship. I do have concerns with the media's gotcha's a day will come when someone should trun the cameras on them.

    December 8, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |

    If you going to throw him under the bus you may as well throw the bush administration under too. Failure

    December 8, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. sandee in Portland

    The people of NY should vote Rangel out of office no matter what, if anything, he's done for their state. Democrat or Republican, if they are unethical, they should be done with their political career. Another example of why we need term limits for these guys just like the President, governors, etc. Once they're in office too long, they become corrupt and are out for themselves only.

    December 8, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. Tia a real independent

    Scott- trying to recreate history? Clinton was not impeached for sexual acts. He was impeached because he broke the law when he committed PERJURY when he LIED TO A GRAND JURY.

    Why is it taking so long to investigate? This crook has gotten away with too much already.

    December 8, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. The Pecan State Pundit

    It is inappropriate for any public official to employ members of his family for any purpose. If Rangel's web-page-desigining-son was worth $80,000, then he could have found another job and Rangel could have hired someone else. It looks bad. If Rangel's son was determined to help out the old man, then he should have donated his time.

    I'm not sure if laws were broken. Who understands the law, after all? I am sure that Rangel was stupid. Sleaze is unforgiveable in government service. Let us hope that the good voters of New York find a better man for this position in the next election.

    December 8, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. Kevin in Ohio

    The rules for left wing crooks are obviously vastly different than those for conservatives. The double-standard is so obvious. How can anyone with half a brain miss it? Rangel is as unethical and dishonest as they come, but because he is liberal and, yes, black, he can do no wrong in his own party's eyes. Shame. We're in for a rough few years.

    December 8, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  17. Once you vote Black

    Nothing in this article rises to the level of asking him to step down. Me thinks there is some GOP mischief afoot. The same nonsense that lost you people the White House, Senate, House of Rep, and Supreme Court along with several Gov. Offices. GOP, get the Gestalt

    December 8, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. Kirk

    why step down? if you can lie steal cheat and remain a solid racist with the support of the like him democrats. go bro

    Oh by the way charlie, one day you will receive God's judgement.

    December 8, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. Lee in TN

    All you can say,if he is guilty, is ,"Good-bye,Charlie, good-bye".
    When will these guys ever learn that there are not two sets of standards ,with one being for each branch of congress?

    December 8, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. Lynn in NM

    Big surprise there! After all, he is a Democrat.

    December 8, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  21. ERD in NC

    If the investigations hold up, he should quit. Immediately. If not, then it's really up to his constituents to judge his legal but a bit strange dealings.

    December 8, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. Doug from Allentown

    Ted Stevens from AK was "terminated" the proper way... by the voters as was William Jefferson from Louisiana.

    Scott NYC Independent...
    First, I seriously doubt you are an independent. Many a right-wing and left-wing nut job says that to try and convince us all that they are centrists like most Americans.

    Second, You should seriously look into grammar lessons. I wanted to rip on your post, but it pretty much speaks for itself.

    December 8, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  23. Ken Isom

    Even HE knows he is guilty but continues to downplay what happened or continue to act like it was no big deal...typical "Im above the law"
    I guess "Monicagate" was no big deal to Clinton either but he lied to
    Congress and should have taken the fall.

    December 8, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  24. Noel

    I just have a simple comment for this situation. The police department has constitutionial rights that gives them the right to investigate, if/when they get a search warrent. If they find something, then I think that he should resign from the House immediately. If they don't find anything, then they can search again or just leave this guy alone.

    December 8, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. Valerie

    he is clinging to his post. All-Mighty Pelosi will do nothing to make him step down. Double-Standard. if this was a republican, they would have made the person step down, WITHOUT an investigation.

    December 8, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
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