Well well, we see that the esteemed (choke) democratic congressman from the state of New York, Charles Rangel finds himself in hot water once again. According to the House Ethics Committee he accepted leisure trips to desirable locales (the Caribbean) paid for by... none other than corporations. No doubt wishing to secure Mr. Rangel's political favor and influence.
Congressman Rangel is the object of several ethic investigations as noted in the Wall Street Journal, brief excerpt below.
The ethics investigation is one of several targeting the activities of Mr. Rangel. The committee is also looking at whether Mr. Rangel filed inaccurate forms with Congress disclosing his personal assets. Last summer, Mr. Rangel updated his personal-financial-disclosure forms for the past few years, revealing more than $500,000 in assets he hadn't before made public.
The new committee action is sure to increase pressure on Mr. Rangel to give up his chairmanship. Republicans have staged several House votes calling on Mr. Rangel to step aside. Each has failed on fairly party-line votes.
Of course Mr. Rangel claims a lack of knowledge with respect to his recent pleasure trips being paid for by special interests. And make no mistake it was special interest. His argument of lack of knowledge flies in the face of logic. But even given him the benefit of the doubt, which is being kind, his staffers, those who provide support, those who report to him, should have kept him appraised of the circumstances. The fact they did not (if this is true) is still HIS RESPONSIBILITY.
During my career in business as a manager it was always understood that I held responsibility for the activities and acts of those who reported to me. Such is the realities when a person holds a position of responsibility whether it be in the private sector or the government.
Congressman Rangel should at the very least reimburse the expenses for the pleasure trips and stripped of his chairmanship of the House Ways and Means committee. What say you?
Via: Wall Street Journal