Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Rep. Charles “Good Time” Rangel, the 4th highest ranked U.S. Congressman faces 13 charges of ethics violations and an investigation by his colleagues in Congress.

The 80-year old Rangel who has served in the House for some 40 years, faces multiple ethics violations which includes favors he allegedly got from a New York developer to occupy four rent-stabilized New York apartments, and failure to report rental income on ownership interest in a unit located at the Punta Cana Yacht Club in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Last March, Rep. Rangel resigned his from the powerful tax-writing Ways and Means Committee after he was criticized for the use of corporate monies to fund travel costs to the Caribbean.

In addition, Rangel faces charges he intentionally failed to report, as required by law, hundreds of thousands of dollars of hidden assets. An amended disclosure report shows an added a credit union IRA, mutual fund accounts and stock.

Why would a well paid member of U.S. Congress occupy a rent-stabilized New York apartment in the first place? The average salary for House member in a leadership position in 2010 is $193,400 a year. Rangel is more than able to pay the average New York City rent of $3,500 a month for two-bedroom apartment.

What I find particularly odorous about Good Time Charlie is the fact he occupied a rent-stabilized in the first place. Rent-stabilized apartments are intended for the poor, the elderly and the disabled. People living on fixed incomes and below the Federal poverty level. These units are not intended for wealthy, well-heeled Congressmen with homes in the U.S. and vacation homes in the Caribbean.

Rep. Charles “Good Time” Rangel is a shameless huckster and his behavior could wind up harming already vulnerable Democrats in November midterms. Rangel needs to step down — immediately. Admit wrong doing and retire. But he won’t. He’s flushed with the kind of arrogance seen all too often in members of the U.S. Congress.

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16 Responses to Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues

  1. Pechanga says:

    You’re brave, Christopher.

    The Dumbos are circling the wagons around Rangel and the official party line goes, “he served in Korea” as if this gives him a pass to not report rental income on his taxes and live for $400 a month in a rent stabilized apartment while the waiting list for such units is 10 years in many cases.

    No, Rangel is a douche. I detest everything about him.

  2. retahyajyajav says:

    Even Obama says Rangel needs to go.

    The race card seems to have no traction in what will be a very tough midterm election season for many incumbent Democrats and Republicans alike.

  3. Harry says:

    Members of Congress make the laws but they think the laws don’t belong to them. I say vote them all out.

  4. Eric Equality Kuntz says:

    “Good Time Charlie.” I love this name!

  5. bradfrmphnx says:

    Other than being a tight wad…Good Time Charley is an prime example of how old stodgy politicians become a burden. I’m not necessarily for term limits, the late Senator Edward Kennedy being a good example of an elderly statesman, but Charlie has long since served his purpose and needs to retire, if he isn’t kicked out first.

  6. Jim says:

    Shame, shame, shame on our supposed friend.

  7. fran says:

    I understood Chuck used the rent controlled space for office or campaign headquarters- which still does not excuse the abuse.

    Personally, I think working @ 80 is over the top as well… apparently he’s a bit too entrenched.

  8. Randy Arroyo says:

    I’m surprised Good Time Charlie got away with not reporting income on rental property for so long. Even a member of the congress is subject to the same laws as it pertains to such matters. So much for Nancy Pelosi’s pledge to empty the sewer called Washington DC when she became speaker. I wonder if this is the tip of the iceberg?

  9. woyoyo says:

    Rangel knows how to get over and over he did for 40 years. But all good things must come to an end.

    His gravy train is off the track now.

  10. Hendrik Moller says:

    I am from Africa and I tell you this world of us. never mind the Mafia, is run by criminals. It is just staggering how corrupt basically ALL politicians and world leaders and their cronies are. Just simply staggering…shaking my head in total disbelief. Politicians are the biggest hoes around.

  11. Jolly Roger says:

    He’s scum. His kind are the problem, be they “D” or “R.” What is the difference, really, in Charlie Rangel and “Junket John” Boehner?

  12. feminazi says:

    Forty years in the congress? In my view, this is about 36 years too many. You see, what happens after forty years is you forget who you work for. I say, all of these congressional jobs need to come with term limits. This way, the stock keeps turning over and no one has the chance to become Good Time Charlie.

  13. TOM339 says:

    Thirty or so years ago, rent controlled apartments were common in New York. This was before the cat fats who run the city decided all those below market units could be sold as condos and generate lots of tax monies for the city.

    My parents knew two public school teachers who lived in such housing. They weren’t poor but they were not wealthy and having a rent controlled unit allowed them to work in public education and stay in the city.

    Congressman Rangel should be no where near rent controlled apartments unless he’s opening a daycare center or visiting a relative. He knows better but the problem is, no one was watching.

  14. VicoDANIEL says:

    Apparently, the reality of facing at least 13 serious ethics violations and getting kicked out of Congress doesn’t resonate with this clown.

    Good Time Charlie is throwing himself a 80th bash and fundraiser at the hoity-toity Plaza Hotel smack dab in the middle of the Plantation.

    Rep. Carolyn Maloney will decline the invite to the soiree, but the funniest of all is Aretha Franklin who was scheduled to be the headline performer for the 20-term congressman’s celebration in The Plaza’s gilded Grand Ballroom. Aretha canceled because of an injury after slipping in her bathtub.

    More likely, Aretha took her cue from the president who is offering no support for this Harlem scalawag and doesn’t want to be within a block of Rangel when he goes down.

  15. Brigadoon says:

    So Madam Speaker, is this an example of cleaning up Washington and draining the swamp? I think not and what’s even more troubling, when did the Speaker get wind of Rangel’s ethics woes? I don’t trust anyone in the senate or House now. Crooks one and all.

  16. Joe in Colorado says:

    Rangel should be ashamed of himself. Oh, but the idea of shame means you have a moral core. I see no evidence of this in Rangel.

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