By Wyatt Earp | August 9, 2010
Poor Charlie Rangel. The uber-corrupt Democrat congressman from New York is being charged with no less than 13 ethics violations stemming from unpaid taxes and questionable
arm-twisting fundraising. Backed into a corner, Nancy Pelosi was forced into action.
But Charlie is whining that he wants a deal. Thankfully, the Republicans are not giving it to him. They want a public trial – and it appears they are going to get one. Break out the popcorn, folks.
Rep. Charles Rangel told Harlem leaders Saturday he signed a plea deal on ethics charges but that the GOP pushed for a trial.
“He said he had signed an agreement. He was ready to go but I guess politics came into play,” said Assemblyman Keith Wright (D-Manhattan), one of about 50 leaders gathered for a Harlem district meeting Saturday.
Another attendee said Rangel implied, “It was Republicans that didn’t want an agreement” and that he signed a deal before the ethics committee released its report last month. Rangel, who faces 13 ethics violations, said earlier this week that he won’t settle to make others in Congress “comfortable.”
Good, because the GOP – in a rare show of backbone – is not going to sweep your illegalities under the rug to make you feel “comfortable.” Do you hear that bell, Charlie? Because it tolls for thee.