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

Rangel not stepping down

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Mike the Independent from Ohio

    Another corrupt democrat? And I thought the republicans were bad, seems like lately the democrats make the republicans look like saints

    December 8, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. Ms. Smith

    I think the world of Charlie Rangel – he'a a real American. I hope he stays, and I hope he is able to beat this rap.

    December 8, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. M Nixon

    Rangel is as corrupt as his son. The island condo itself should have gotten him removed, then the rent controlled apartment, now the son working for him which is wrong not to mention the high $ value.

    This doesn't even go into the issue of his private gym (exercise machine, frig, large tv) which was at least removed by Pelosi in the capital (which was in office space in her name btw).

    Rangel reminds me of the corrupt politician in the HBO series 'The Wire' who flagrantly flaunts ignoring the rules and has his hand in every pot, especially abusing foundations for his own gain.

    December 8, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. California Gold

    You paid your child $80,000 to create your website! Wonder what the maintenance payments to your child run.

    December 8, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. V. Clausewitz

    Another Dem thug graduate of the Kennedy School of Ethics.

    December 8, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  6. NY Republican

    To all the "out of staters" in this discusssion – this is NY Democrat politics as usual in this state. Good old Tammany Hall politics and nepotism is alive and well and living in Albany.

    December 8, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. Virginia

    To ch-John McCain is a decorated war hero himself, so why don't you respect him like you do Charlie Rangel? I don't think McCain has been up on any ethics charges, so I say good riddance to ol' Charlie!

    December 8, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. sglman4Obama

    Chuck Rangel is starting to look and smell like he predecessor Adam Clayton Powell Jr.? Too much hold on the black community and you abuse it ! Step down Charlie and let the next genrational of intelligent well respected educated black men and women take the reins and get it done under president Obama. much like Jesse, you a relic and are tainted by your "undercover' activities. Do us as blacks a favor and step aside, while we still respect you.

    December 8, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. Donna

    he doesn't need to step down unless he is proven to have broken the law...folks have been getting away with things for years..Rangel isn't scared of folks..he won't go down without a fight....

    December 8, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. Shirley-Ohio

    No need to step down. You do not need to step down.

    December 8, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  11. tmaz

    How can Mayor Bloomberg praise Rep. Charlie Rangel? I guess it is acceptable to act unethically as long as you balance it out with good deeds.

    December 8, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. Dr. Stoner

    Charlie you got caught fess up and take the medicine. No moving on up to the east side without paying for your, well you know the right thing to do. Don't disappoint New Yorkers pal take it and pay for it and we all move on. period.

    December 8, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  13. Precious Coker, NY

    My friends, If Charlie's son is competent to design a website why out-source it?

    Moreover, the guy says bring it on, I am sure he knows he has enough to defend himself.

    December 8, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. FreeNLovIt

    Honey, you can stick around. Dont quit. You havent cause millions to lose billions or trillions yet.

    December 8, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. mb

    This is a non-issue and until newspapers/journalist and bloggers are held to writing the truth, then they should not be a reliable source.

    Politico bloggers are small minded, big cry babies most of the time

    December 8, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  16. Get over it

    This guy is a crook and should be in jail for the MILLIONS that he made off the the FAILED Freddie Mac / Fanny Mae debackle.

    I bet that the democrats don't even push for an investigation into his illegal dealings.

    December 8, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. Mike, Syracuse NY

    If Rangel were a white conservative Republican the liberals would be all over him to resign. But I guess if you are a black, liberal Democrat, you are bulletproof. He's a great successor to the most corrupt politician of all time, Adam Clayton Powell.

    December 8, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. big papa

    Look's like we've got a lot of southern "confederates" on this board,

    who are inconsolable...

    Rangel ain't goin' nowhere Johnny Rebs...

    December 8, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. jrzshor

    stepping down?!

    i thought that being a senator was a job for life.

    Let's call it the house of Lords and be done with the pretense of elections for these lifers.

    December 8, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  20. Jack Mehoff

    LIAR!! THIEF!!

    December 8, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. mike

    Show me someone who thinks Charlie Rangel should be found guilty of the things he is accused without due process of the law and i'll show you someone who actually thinks Sean Hannidy is a great American. Anytime a Dem is accused of anything by the conservative news media the right wing bed wetters come out of the wood work. Hrow up!

    December 8, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  22. Jim from Texas


    Do you really know what you are asking?

    December 8, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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