The New York Post reported today that “Charles Rangel wants to party away his legal bills. The embattled Harlem congressman … is throwing a fund-raiser next month to raise money for his legal-defense fund. Tickets to the event — co-hosted by former state Comptroller Carl McCall — start at $250 and go up to $5,000. …The money will go to the Charles B. Rangel Legal Expense Trust, which the 20-term Democrat formed last month to pay off the substantial legal bills he racked up defending himself on ethics charges. … Unfortunately for him, the money didn’t get him very much. He was found guilty on 11 of 12 of the charges and punished with a humiliating House censure for flouting ethics rules.”

I’ll be curious to see how this plays out. On one hand, local members of the district probably benefit tremendously from having Charlie Rangel in office – think of all the pork! However, maybe, just maybe, they have confidence that they can vote in an equally corrupt politician, one who won’t spend $1.9 million on a “Center for Public Service” … named for themselves. I hope the people of Harlem, and all of New York, see that any number of equally corrupt politicians can easily replace Charlie Rangel and that they have the confidence to deprive him of legal funds.


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