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Pelosi Is “Totally Behind” Charlie Rangel

From their fans at the Politico:

Pelosi loath to drop hammer on Rangel

By: Glenn Thrush
September 5, 2009

Why is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refusing a growing chorus of calls to drop the hammer on ethics-challenged Charlie Rangel?

Because, at the moment, doing nothing creates a lot less trouble for Pelosi than doing anything, current and former House aides tell POLITICO.

Stripping the Harlem Democrat of his chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee would force Pelosi to make a series of unpalatable decisions about Rangel’s successor that would create a ruckus in the Democratic caucus.

It would also infuriate the Congressional Black Caucus, which is still sore over Pelosi’s decision to strip committees from former Louisiana Rep. Bill Jefferson – even after Jefferson had been found with a wad of tainted cash in his kitchen.

“Unless they find $90,000 in his freezer, like they did with Jefferson, we’re going to wait [for the outcome of a House ethics probe],” said a Democratic aide familiar with Pelosi’s thinking on the matter.

Staffers say the speaker has been so focused on the health care battle that she simply hasn’t devoted much time to Rangel’s recent troubles – and there’s no push among House Democrats to heed the fire-Rangel cries of Republicans, the New York Times, Washington Post and Buffalo News.

“She hasn’t even spoken to the congressman about this latest episode,” said a close Rangel associate, referring to recent published reports that the 78-year-old Rangel underreported his assets by hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“The speaker is totally behind him, and she told him that the last few times they have spoken,” the person added.

Rangel has told supporters he’s committed to running for re-election next year and plans to run again in 2012 – when he’s 82…

Why would Ms. Pelosi seek to punish Mr. Rangel?

He is a model Democrat, just doing what Democrats do best.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Sunday, September 6th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Pelosi Is “Totally Behind” Charlie Rangel”

  1. Liberals Demise

    The writing is on the graffiti tagged walls of Congress, “Piglosi’s Houseboy must go”.
    Chuck is a First Class criminal of the Obama kind.

  2. catie

    This is obviously the most ethical Congress in history! What’s wrong with you people? sarc off

  3. TwilightZoned

    “It would also infuriate the Congressional Black Caucus, which is still sore over Pelosi’s decision to strip committees from former Louisiana Rep. Bill Jefferson – even after Jefferson had been found with a wad of tainted cash in his kitchen.”

    Gee, how does it feel for the CBC to turn on you? Not so good, eh. Welcome to the world your party has created for the Republicans.

  4. proreason

    Why would Stretch off one of the few members of congress who makes her look good in comparison?

    Unless, of course, the ooze begins to seep into her shoes.

  5. canary

    Rangel could be slipping Pelosi a secret note or key. Is she wearing her wedding ring. She’s so rich from not aiding the sick or poor, they probably share secrets.

  6. GuppyNblue

    How corrupt is too much to finally offend Nancy’s ethics. While we’re at it, where are those government agencies we pay to police these crooks.

    He didn’t cheat just once but it’s a habit for him.
    We’re not talking about a few hundred dollars but millions.
    He’s sending tens of thousands of dollars to members of the ethics committee investigating him.
    On top of all of that he is arrogant and unapologetic about it.

    He doesn’t have to hide cash in a freezer as he’s apparently untouchable.

  7. wardmama4

    I just read that she can’t send him packing – his ‘support’ is too strong – I guess the 3 investigators aren’t the only people he’s paid off – no wonder he can’t remember all his income – he can’t even begin to remember all his bribes donations.

    Most ethical Congress ever – Now that would be funny – if it weren’t about the future of America.

    But I find it funny that with a majority in both Houses, the White House and bribing controling every industry/corporation/union they can – they are still losing it to – yep you guessed it – the very people they ‘claim’ to be fighting for – We The People. No wonder they are scared. We outnumber them.

    • Steve

      “I just read that she can’t send him packing – his ’support’ is too strong…”

      I suspect that just like with Murtha, Rangel knows too much about Pelosi and the rest of the Congressional Dems.

      And he is, like Murtha, too much of a loose canon for them to trust he won’t talk if crossed.

      And it isn’t like they have ever cared about corruption, anyway. Pelosi wallows in it.




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