Washington (CNN) - The House of Representatives censured veteran New York Rep. Charlie Rangel on Thursday - a stunning downfall for a congressman once considered one of the most powerful members of Congress.
The 333-79 vote required Rangel to stand in the well of the House as a formal censure resolution was read aloud by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California.
There are thousands of people sitting in prison for crimes far less than what Mr. Rangel committed, who would gladly trade places with him for a little tongue lashing by Pelosi. Censorship is too lenient for the likes of him.
You call this punishment? Are you serious? It's nothing more than a slap on the wrist. If the common citizen had done what Rangel did, they'd be in jail. I guess Democrats see Tax evasion and misappropriated funds as the norm. Rangel should be thrown out of the House on his rear, along with the 79 who voted against the Censure. We need to weed out the corrupt politicians in Washington, not turn a blind eye or give out meaningless "punishments". What a joke!
This shameless and arrogant thief dodged paying taxes for 17 years and he gets a slight tap on the wrist...what a pathetic joke! Our government attracts and protects crooks like this and it is a disgrace!