The House Ethics Panel, without the presence of Charley Rangel, found the Harlem Congressman guilty of 11 of 13 counts. They will now send their recommendations regarding actions to be taken by the full House. Is it possible for the House of Representatives to look past the color of the accused and come with an appropriate punishment for the crime(s) or will we again replay the usual Civil Rights melodrama where, as Leonard Bernstein wrote in West Side Story, “he was depraved because he was deprived”. Charley Rangel deserves an honest reward for the “illegal” rewards he has bestowed upon himself. As Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, he knew better, but according to the Ethics Panel chose to ignore the rules to enrich himself.
HOUSE ETHICS PANEL FINDS RANGEL GUILTY