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Rangel Convicted On 11 of 13 Ethics Charges

 

Congressman Charlie Rangel (D-NY) has been found guilty by a House ethics subcommittee on 11 of 13 ethics charges brought against him.

Rangel was charged with various acts of financial and fundraising malfeasance, but apparently forgot to set some of the loot aside to pay for lawyers.  He departed the ethics hearing less than an hour after it began, claiming he could not attend without counsel, which he could not afford to pay for.  He spent almost four million dollars winning a 78% victory to retain his seat.  His victory was celebrated with a lavish champagne party.

Rangel will now be referred to the full Ethics Committee, which the Associated Press says could punish him with “a House vote deploring Rangel’s conduct, a fine and denial of privileges.”  So far, there is little official talk of denying America his magisterial leadership in the House.  A breathless nation waits for the evening newscasts to figure out how they can avoid mentioning which party Rangel belongs to.

 

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John Hayward began his blogging career as a guest writer at Hot Air under the pen name "Doctor Zero," producing a collection of essays entitled Doctor Zero: Year One. He is a great admirer of free-market thinkers such as Arthur Laffer, Milton Friedman, and Thomas Sowell. He writes both political and cultural commentary, including book and movie reviews. An avid fan of horror and fantasy fiction, he has produced an e-book collection of short horror stories entitled Persistent Dread. John is a former staff writer for Human Events. He is a regular guest on the Rusty Humphries radio show, and has appeared on numerous other local and national radio programs, including G. Gordon Liddy, BattleLine, and Dennis Miller.

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