"Given Chairman Rangel's continuing ethical lapses, he cannot effectively carry out his duties as chairman. Thus, in order to remove one obstacle to this Democratic Congress actually addressing and solving working families' concerns, you, as the Speaker of the House, must insist that Rep. Rangel step down from his Ways and Means Committee chairmanship pending an investigation of his ethical lapses."
--HouseMinority Leader John A. Boehner (R-OH) in a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi regarding U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangel's multiple "ethical lapses."
Wednesday, September 10, 2008; Page A13
As House GOP leaders called for his removal from the powerful chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) announced yesterday that he will repay an unspecified amount in back federal, state and local taxes on unreported income from a Dominican Republic vacation property.
The Harlem Democrat will file amended federal, state and local tax returns to reflect $75,000 in income from the beachfront villa that he previously failed to list on tax and congressional financial disclosure forms, said his attorney Lanny Davis.
At a news conference today, Rangel planned to release a letter he sent to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) explaining the Punta Cana resort deal and another asking the House Ethics Committee to add the matter to a burgeoning inquiry. The committee is examining the congressman's rental of several New York apartments at below-market rates and his fundraising entreaties to corporations and foundations on behalf of an academic center that bears his name, his attorney said.[More]
Wasn't Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi supposed to be fighting the "culture of corruption" in Washington? Apparently, her own liberal Democratic party has received some kind of exemption from Pelosi's faux jihad on corruption.
Maybe Nancy will get a few lessons on fighting corruption in her own party from Sarah Palin when the Alaska Governor is elected Vice President.