Although, it would be beneficial to the Democrats to have this over with well before November. The last thing they want is for this issue to be in the news while folks are casting ballots.
Not that Rangel is the only reminder of the rampant corruption that permeats the halls of Congress.
House Democrat Calls On Rep. Rangel To Resign
By Shane D’Aprile
In a major development, Rep. Betty Sutton (D-Ohio) on Friday night called on beleaguered Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) to resign.
Sutton’s statement comes one day after the House ethics committee charged the 80-year-old Democrat with multiple violations.
In a statement to The Hill, Sutton stated, “It is regrettable, but Charlie Rangel needs to resign from his seat in Congress. This isn’t about being a Democrat or Republican, this is about preserving the public trust. Our nation is facing extraordinary challenges and we must be focused on building a sustainable economy that will allow our workers and businesses to flourish.”
Sutton has built a reputation as a crusader for congressional ethics. In 2008, she led the fight to pass legislation creating the Office of Congressional Ethics, which now serves as an independent ethics body within the House of Representatives.
In March, Sutton donated to charity the $7,000 given to her campaign by Rangel. Sutton, a GOP target this fall, was elected in 2006. President Barack Obama attracted 57 percent of the vote in her district in 2008.
Earlier this year, Sutton called on Rangel to resign as Ways and Means Committee chairman days before the New York Democrat — under pressure from House Democratic leaders — gave up his gavel.
The first call on Rangel to resign from a sitting House Democrat could be the tipping point as an increasing number of Democrats are expressing concern over what Rangel could mean for the party’s election prospects this fall.
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