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Breaking: Most Ethical Ethics Panel EVER Recommends Tap on the Wrist for Rangel

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Posted on November 18 2010 6:31 pm

The recommendation of the House ethics committee’s chief counsel is in: censure for Charles Rangel, the NY Democrat convicted of 11 ethics violations earlier this week. What does this mean for Rangel?

The censuring of a lawmaker does not carry any particular limitation on powers or privileges afforded to a member of Congress. There are no specific rules governing what happens to a member who has been censured.

In the past, however, the party conferences and caucuses have decided to discipline their own based on the decision to censure a member.

Translation: the most ethical congress ever is going to stop just short of taking Rangel out for a night of cocktails and dancing.

Or are they?

No word yet from the people of Harlem who reelected Rangel with 80 percent of the vote two weeks ago. This might be a good time for them to ‘fess up to a bit of buyers’ remorse instead of doubling down on sentiments like this:

“I think that he’s a good congressman. I think he needs to continue to be a congressman. He’s done a lot of right for the people of Harlem,” said a resident.

“I think a lot of politicians do a lot of things that are wrong, but that doesn’t mean they can’t do good. You know, he’s a good man,” said another.

“They need to start investigating themselves instead of the congressman. What they need to do is investigate people that have done serious things in Congress itself, instead of coming after the congressman for something so trivial,” said a local.

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