Or maybe the better question would be: What should happen to Charlie Rangel?

Earlier today Rangel was found guilty on 11 violations of House rules. (Only 11?) Some of those include–but are not limited to–the following: used House stationary and staff to solicit money for a school of public policy in his name at the City College of New York, solicited donors for the center with interests before the Ways and Means Committee, using an apartment in Harlem zoned for residential use as his campaign office, failing to report more than $600,000 on his financial disclosure report, and failing to pay taxes on rental income from a villa he owns in the Dominican Republic.

My answer to the original question? Nothing. Oh well, maybe a slap on the wrist. He should be given the boot. If he had any integrity at all he would resign. However, I’m not holding my breath.


  • Whodat

    For sure, I’d love to seen him booted, but then,
    Oh the joy of watching him twist in the wind!

    Amidst all the legal battles he be entangled,
    For all the wheelings an’ dealings he Rangled…

    Even better, he must NOW survive with NO POWER
    As Queen Pelosi lost the lease on her tower.

    Meanwhile, his legal debts & indictments soar
    As the old fart shuffles around the House floor.

    I like it! I like come-up-ins to arrogant swine,
    Getin’only humiliation near dat end of their line.

    • Whodat

      From The Hill:
      “House panel recommends Rangel be censured for ethics violations The House ethics committee recommended on Thursday by a vote of 9-1 that Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) be formally censured by the full House for 11 counts of violating ethics rules.”

      and the rest of us would be going to jail. Did you see him crying? He should have been laughing and dancing (I bet he was on the inside!).

      • kristen

        Seriously. That’s what’s so preposterous about this whole thing. He has a “get out of jail free” card.

        I love how he said he’s “not corrupt”; it’s just “sloppiness” on his part. Give me a break. It’s sloppiness that should put you behind bars buddy!

  • Rochelle

    “With all due respect, without representation, I should also remove myself from any punishment phase of this hearing and therefor do not acknowledge your authority to do anything.”

    • kristen

      Isn’t he a piece of work?

      What’s even more mind blowing is that he’s been reelected so many times.

      • Rochelle

        He’s a poster-boy for the old guard, good ‘ole boys club, in American politics. He comes across as a sweet old grandpa, but acts like a count in Tolstoy’s Russia.

  • Gilly

    Rangel is the poster boy for what is wrong with our government today, but, alas, nothing will happen past a slap on the wrist, if that.

  • Troy La Mana

    I think he should be forced out but most likely he won’t even get censured.