"I think Charlie Rangel served a very long time and served-- his constituents very well. But these-- allegations are very troubling,"
"And he'll-- he's somebody who's at the end of his career. Eighty years old. I'm sure that-- what he wants is to be able to-- end his career with dignity. And my hope is that-- it happens. "
President Obama to Harry Smith on The Early Show
The President and Nanny Pelosi keep talking about how they are not worried about the dems losing control of the house in November. Hmm, the above statement seems like that is not the case. No one can believe that Obama would be saying this had the ethics committee not come out with charges yesterday. Rangel's seat could easily be lost if the trial gets ugly and is drawn out as the elections draw closer. One would think that the people of Harlem are not going to be happy about the fact that Rangel is not only using a rent controlled apartment for his headquarters for re-election, but actually has 4 apartments in that building. Those are homes that are needed by the people who live in that district, a rent controlled apartment in one of New York's poorest community is a valuable thing to a low income family.
Also, how does a man who only makes $175,000 per year have a brownstone in Manhattan, and a vacation home in the Carribean? Oh, I guess those rent controlled apartments did serve a purpose.