reports that Rep. Charlie Rangel
, D-N.Y., will be spared an embarrassing public trial after striking a deal to admit wrongdoing:
Harlem friends of Rangel tell WCBS in New York they have been told that the details could be unveiled when the House Ethics Committee meets Thursday afternoon.
It's the culmination of two years of scandal for the 20-term Democratic lawmaker. At issue is whether the former head of the House Ways and Means committee will admit to any serious ethical wrongdoing. Rangel is being charged with misusing his office for fundraising, failure to disclose income, belated payment of taxes and possible help with a tax shelter for a company whose chief executive was a major donor. ...
The 42-member Congressional Black Caucus had warned Democrats against a rush to judgment, and any lawmaker with a significant African-American constituency must consider whether it's worth asking Rangel to quit.
Because in order to secure the black vote, we can't hold a member responsible for their alleged misdeeds...?
However, some Democratic House members in close races may think it's more important to distance themselves from Rangel. They don't want to have to answer negative Republican ads about Speaker Nancy Pelosi's promise to wipe Congress clean of ethical misdeeds.