Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Broder joins the dump Rangel bandwagon

David Broder, welcome aboard the dump Rangel bandwagon.

Broder writes in his column this morning
Rangel ... has been busy of late revising and amending the record, backing and filling, using buckets of Wite-Out as he discovers or remembers properties he has owned in New York, New Jersey, Florida, the Dominican Republic and God only knows where else -- and has forgotten or neglected to fully report on the required forms, not to mention the income from them. Oops!

Rangel recently even discovered bank accounts that no one in the world, apparently including him, knew he had. One was with the Congressional Federal Credit Union; another was with Merrill Lynch -- each valued between $250,000 and $500,000. He somehow neglected to mention these accounts on his congressional disclosure forms, which means, if you can believe it, that when he signed the forms, he did not notice that maybe $1 million was missing.

...There is something wrong with Charlie Rangel. Either he did not notice that he was worth about twice as much as he said he was -- which is downright worrisome in a congressional leader -- or he thinks that he's above the law, which is downright worrisome in a congressional leader.
Democrats keep Rep. Rangel as a committee chair--the tax writing committee, no less--at their own peril. Democrats regained the majority in the House of Representatives in 2006 in no small part due to public disgust at Republican corruption. Several Democrats, including Rep. Rangel, seemed determined to wallow in that same mud pit.