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Ethics Charges Don’t Stop Rangel Party

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 12, 2010

Congressman Charlie Rangel has been charged with multiple ethics violations by a Congressional Committee.  But that doesn’t get in the way of the political elites throwing an expensive party for one of their own.

Rangel’s 80th birthday party and campaign fundraiser was held in the Plaza Hotel’s Grand Ballroom yesterday.  The lavish event was attended by politicians from both political parties including New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg, former Senator Al D’Amato, New York Governor David Paterson, Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and NY Congressman Jerry Nadler.  Here’s a sampling of their comments:

Mike Bloomberg – “I know a few people couldn’t be here tonight because, as they tell it, either they had to get a haircut unexpectedly or they were sure that they’d have a headache.  But Charlie, as you know, they were with you as long as they could be.”

Al D’Amato – “Everyone in politics has got to live by their own code. Charlie and I worked together in Washington for 18 years. S o I’m here because when people are in trouble, that’s when they want to see you.”

Kirsten Gillibrand –  “Thank you, Charlie, for your service to the country and your service to our wonderful state.”

Jerry Nadler – “I read all the report.  If this were a court of law, most of this would be thrown out – it wouldn’t stand up.”  While that prompted loud cheers from the crowd according to reports, it begs the questions as to the other charges that Nadler reviewed in the report that wouldn’t, in his opinion, get thrown out fo court.

This cozy group of politicians from both parties thumbed their noses at the American people who they are supposed to be serving.  To them, the fact that Rangel has served in Congress for 40-years allows him to dip into the public’s coffers for a bit of the “action”.  No wonder politicians are held in such low esteem.


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