Democratic lawmakers are starting to call on Rep. Charlie Rangel to step down from his chairman post.
Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.) is the first Democratic lawmaker on the Ways and Means Committee and first member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to call on Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) to give up his chairmanship in the wake of an ethics committee admonishment.
Davis also said he is considering returning the $1,000 contribution Rangel made to Davis’s 2008 reelection campaign. He joins eight other Democrats in Congress who have called for or voted for Rangel to step aside from the chairmanship.
On Monday, Mitchell called on Rangel to step down as chairman. He joined Reps. Bobby Bright (D-Ala.), Travis Childers (D-Miss.), Paul Hodes (D-N.H.), Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), Betty Sutton (D-Ohio) and Gene Taylor (Miss.) in calling for Rangel to resign as chairman.
Titus and Mitchell joined six other Democrats who have decided to return Rangel’s political donations or give them to charity, including Reps. Bill Foster (Ill.), Jim Himes (Conn.), Jerry McNerney (Calif.), Carol Shea-Porter (N.H.), Niki Tsongas (Mass.) and Ann Kirkpatrick (Ariz.).
So far our own Steve Kagen has not called for Rep. Rangel to step down? Why not? Does he approve of Rangel’s actions?
The ethics committee found that Rangel violated House gift rules when he accepted reimbursement for two trips to the Caribbean that were sponsored by corporations. House ethics rules Democrats passed in 2007 after they won the majority bar corporations that employ lobbyists from sponsoring travel that lasts more than one day.
The panel is still scrutinizing other, more serious allegations against Rangel involving charges that he improperly used his office to raise money for an academic center at City College of New York that is named after him and failed to pay taxes on rental income from a villa he owns in the Dominican Republic, among others. (Source: The Hill)
Not calling for Rangel to step down amounts to tacit approval of his actions. Perhaps the crickets need to be cued when it comes to a call from Steve Kagen for Rangel to step down or to return campaign donations from Rangel.
Wonder if any candidates in the 8th will call Kagen out on this?
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