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Rangel Gives Up His Chair ‘Temporarily’

[Note: Please scroll down for the latest update from Mr. Rangel.]

From The Hill:

Speaker Pelosi on Rangel: ‘I guess he is still chair of Ways and Means’

By Susan Crabtree and Lauren Victoria Burke – 03/02/10

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday night told The Hill that Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) is still chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.

After huddling with Rangel for 45 minutes, Pelosi initially said, "No comment" when asked if Rangel remains panel chairman.

She later added, "I guess he is still chair of Ways and Means…"

Pelosi spoke to The Hill after Rangel denied reports he would leave his perch at the top of one of the House’s most powerful committees.

That Ms. Pelosi sure runs a tight ship.

As he emerged from the meeting, Rangel was asked whether he is still chairman. His response: "You bet your sweet life!"

We think Mr. Rangel is projecting. After all, he is the one with the “sweet life.”

He then said Pelosi told him not to say "a damn thing" about the meeting.

When asked whether he would be chairman tomorrow or the next day, Rangel demurred.

“I’m 79 years old,” he said. “At that age, you can’t be sure about anything.”

Mr. Rangel better make sure he doesn’t keep a ‘to do’ list.

Several usually supportive members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) pointedly did not express their support for Rangel Tuesday evening, a stark departure from the last year and a half when members of the CBC stood in solidarity with Rangel as the ethics scandal erupted…

And those moral paragons of the CBC are the 900 pound gorillas ultimate deciders here.

Transcript of Rangel’s comments after meeting with Pelosi Tuesday night:

Reporter: Are you still chairman?

Rangel: You bet your sweet life.

Reporter: Will you still be chairman tomorrow or the next day?

Rangel: I’m 79 years old. You can’t be sure about anything.

Reporter: What did Pelosi say to you?

Rangel: She told me not to say a damn thing.

Reporter: Are you still the chairman?

Rangel: Yes. And I don’t lie to the press.

If so, then the press are about the only people Mr. Rangel doesn’t lie to.

But of course that too was a lie.


Mr. Rangel has just announced at 9 am this morning that is giving up his chairmanship of the House Ways And Means committee while the investigation into his brilliant career continues.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Rangel Gives Up His Chair ‘Temporarily’”

  1. canary says:

    Meanwhile, Pelosi is paying for Rangle to take a nice quiet vacation in the Bahamas.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Steve, I read this from top to bottom with a scrunched face, wondering if the marvelous mr rangel would admit that he is done. Then, finally getting to the update, I was relieved. In some ways, this is a first, where a liberal democrat actually leaves something in disgrace as a result of being caught at obvious wrongdoing. Usually it’s republicans who are handed a pink slip when such things occur.

    The unfortunate side now is the book deals, the interviews with D’Ohprah and all that where he’ll paint a “woe is me” stale tale of racism in Washington and how it all worked against him to ultimately force him to leave. It won’t be his fault….but we know this. It’s in the liberal DNA

    • canary says:

      Rusty, I’ve noticed the difference too, but it won’t bother me to hear Rangel’s bangels & jewelry clanging as he speaks, as amusing as Obama’s mentors rev Wright’s & Farrakhan’s one man freak shows.

  3. Highlander says:

    Wow! Posts about, not one, but two 79 year-old thieves – on the same day! I’d like to get the odds on that.

  4. proreason says:

    I consider Rangel a best of breed liberal.

    He “ethics” place him very low on the defecation-worthy scale when compared to the supernovas of corruption and crime like Obamy, AlToad, Pelosi, Reid, Schumer, Drooling Barney, Rahm the Impaler, Patterson, Boxer, Dodd, Maxine Waters…….and the beat goes on and on and on and on.

    Within that group of hundreds, he should be held up as a paragon of virtue, rather than chastized for his crimes. After all, he was only stealing his justified compensation from the affirmative action / reparations hoax at the highest levels..

  5. jobeth says:

    You know someone must have the down and dirty goods on this character to the point he can’t slide by on his greasy hair.

    He would look God in the face and lie, so to get him to step down, what they have against him must be written in stone.

    Having said that…somehow I fully expect Pelosi to find some slimey way to get him back in his Ways and Means Committee chair.

    I feel like I need a bath every time I even think of this guy.

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