Breaking News: Rangel’s grip on Gavel tenuous

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Congressman Charlie Rangel

Just Hours after the first member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Artur Davis, called for him to relinquish his gavel as the powerful Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Charlie Rangel was reported to have done so after a closed door meeting of the House Leadership.   Andrea Mitchell, Luke Russert, and  Chuck Todd were all tweeting that Charlie Rangel had given up the ghost and his gavel.   The Politico is reporting that he told them he had not and that Speaker Pelosi had no comment after the meeting.   Rangel is currently under investigation for omitting millions of dollars from his taxes and personal financial disclosure statements filed with the House of Representatives.  The committee he chairs ironically has jursidiction over the U.S. tax code.

ADDENDUM:  Rangel gave up his gavel this morning.  He announced at a morning presser that he wrote a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asking for a leave of absence, which is shorthand for saying “I was forced to step aside against my will but agreed to give the House Democratic Leadership political cover for the good of the party.”

7 thoughts on “Breaking News: Rangel’s grip on Gavel tenuous

  1. Captain America

    Rangel is a crooked snake nog. Its like the fox guarding the henhouse and this jig is up. Taxpayers who have taxes hi-jacked from their paychecks so that folks can relax on their porches all day long are sick to death of this elitism. The health care bills being rammed down our throats are no different. It is about time these arrogant pis$ants wake up and smell the house burning down. We have had it.

    • Thanks for stopping by. While I am not really a fan of Rangel, I would vigorously disagree that he is crooked. I think he is sloppy and arrogant. As for the “Obamacare” dig, I’ll just let that slide.

    • rikyrah,

      Like I said, he’s sloppy and arrogant. This couldn’t come at a worse time for the House Democratic Leadership. Now they will have to pass HCR without his assistance when they could have really used it.

  2. Blue Dogs

    Skeptical Brotha, there’s a good chance the Democrats are likely going to lose the House of Representatives in November due to the Republican wave (see NJ, VA, and MA) and I see the Democrats’ majority in the United States Senate falling to 54-55 Democrats.

    Following Senate seats that Democrats are certainly kissing GOODBYE in November:
    1. North Dakota
    2. Delaware
    3. Arkansas: Lincoln may lose the Dem primary to Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter (D), who is weak in the general election.
    4. Indiana-I just cannot see US Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-IN) doing well against likely GOP nominee former United States Senator Dan Coats (R-IN).

  3. TripLBee

    Blue Dogs,

    They won’t lose Delaware. And they’ll definitely pick up New Hampshire. They have a shot at Florida. They’ll lose seats in both houses, but I think they’ll maintain their majorities in both. If the elections were held today, they’d definitely keep their majority in the House. There’s a lot of space between here and November.

  4. TripLBee, do you think Florida Governor Charlie Crist (R) should have stayed in the governor’s mansion in Tallahassee when he would have handily won re-election, but he got stupid and wanted to go for the Senate ?

    It’s looking more likely Marco Rubio is the GOP nominee at this point.

    You forgot about the Democrats picking up Missouri with MO Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D), but Ohio is looking like a lost cause at this point and we may lose the OH governorship down there since Strickland won’t get an easy ride he had in 2006.

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