Chairman Rangel must step down

It’s time for a new chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.

Charles Rangel’s convenient lack of memory and his unethical behavior on a variety of fronts render the Harlem Democrat unfit to continue to be the chair of Ways and Means.

Rangel, a 19-term congressman, in violation of New York regulations governing rent-controlled properties, was the recipient of three rent-controlled apartments. He used one of them as a fundraising office.

He also got an interest-free mortgage for a beach-front home in the Dominican Republic, then forgot to report rental income from the property on his federal tax returns.

He blames it all on a bad memory. Sure.

The rest of us, for the most part, remember where we made money and dutifully report it and pay taxes.

That’s not too much to expect from any congressman or senator, and especially ones who chair important committees.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was unconcerned about her wayward chairman until she realized his plight might not serve Democrats well in the election. Now she’s considering action against him.

It’s time for Charlie to step down from his chairmanship, and to give some thought to whether he should serve in Congress at all.


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