How corrupt is the Congressional Black Caucus?

Posted by: Phineas on November 16, 2010 at 1:43 pm

I asked that question a few months ago. Now we have another fact with which to build answer. Actually, we have 11 facts, as the Democrat-dominated House Ethics Committee found Congressman Charles Rangel (D-Corruption) guilty on 11 of 13 counts against him:

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the adjudicatory subcommittee and the full House ethics committee, announced the decision late Tuesday morning following an abbreviated public trial of the 20-term lawmaker and nearly six hours of deliberations.

“We have tried to act with fairness, led only by the facts and the law,” Lofgren said. “We believe we have accomplished that mission.”

The full ethics panel will now convene a sanctions hearing to recommend a punishment. Serious sanctions — including formal reprimand, censure or expulsion — require a vote on the House floor. Expulsion requires a two-thirds vote, while a reprimand, which Rangel refused to agree to in July, or a censure would need just a simple majority. The ethics panel could also impose a fine and diminish some of Rangel’s privileges.

While Rangel richly deserves expulsion, don’t expect that to happen. The Democrats would almost certainly never toss out one of their own (Especially one who knows where a lot of bodies are buried), and the CBC would have an absolute fit; Rangel is a co-founder of the Caucus and one of the longest-serving African Americans in the House. And with (soon to be ex-)Speaker Pelosi needing their votes to remain as minority leader (and she already has trouble on that flank)… No, there’s no way Charlie gets shown the door. Most likely is a reprimand and perhaps the permanent loss of his committee chairmanship seniority.

If Rangel is smart, he’ll take his medicine now, before the Republicans gain control of the House.

As for the corruption of the CBC, I suspect the long-overdue clean up will be starting soon.

EDIT: Made the change above since, with the election, Charlie’s post as Chairman is gone for good.

UPDATE: From David Freddoso, word that Charlie is in denial.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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10 Responses to “How corrupt is the Congressional Black Caucus?”


  1. Dennis D says:

    My guess is he will get a nasty letter. :((

  2. Carlos says:

    He’ll probably receive a letter from Nazi with a pic of Aruba on it explaining “Wish you were there.”

    Seriously, if the jackasses only held two seats in the House, the worst Rangel would receive is a reprimand, and a mild one at that (something along the lines of “I wish you hadn’t been caught”.) The spineless Repubs would never throw out a member, even one convicted by their own members of a crime any of us would be sent to jail for, unless it was for murder and then only if there were hundreds of eye-witnesses.

    Whatever his punishment, it can never wash away the criminal stains of his character and, by extension, the criminal character of those who keep sending him back to Congress.

  3. NC Cop says:

    Racism!! It’s Bush’s fault!! Plus, he was buying toys for orphans at the time!!!!

    What’s wrong with you people?!?!?!

  4. all this means to his constitutents is that he will be reelected till the day he leaves this wicked old world. its the same for all the members of the CBC. the members of the CBC are bad but the real problem is their constitutents. their voters think to be corrupt
    is the best trait a elected offical could have.

  5. Jo says:

    Amen to all above. Why they even wasted time coming to the proper conclusion is beyond me. Who expects them to actually do anything beyond just say, “Yep, he did all of that and probably more.” Who wants riots in the streets in Harlem and to be the one to step out and say, “Hey, for once can we throw one of the lying, thieving scumbags out regardless of the color of his skin?”

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  7. Carlos says:

    “How corrupt is the Congressional Black Caucus?”

    Just as corrupt as the rest of the Congress, Democrap and Republican. No more, no less. Keep in mind no one (in Congress or his district) cared enough about a thief like Murtha to actually do anything about him.