Sometimes it seems that Charlie Rangel is the gift that keeps on giving. During the summer and the fall, it seems that the NY Democrat has brand new scandal arise on what seems to be a monthly basis. There was Rangel’s favorite Pork project, the $1.95 million federally funded Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service. Then there was that little “thing” with taxes. Charlie admitted that he failed to report $75 Thousand Dollars in taxes. He is Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, he helps create tax law, how the hell does he forget to pay $75 grand in taxes?
Last week Rangel added racism to his arsenal of stupidity, as he implied that during a trip to NYC, trigger-happy white NYPD cops might mistake President Obama for a street criminal. Today he added to those “consolatory” words by saying if Andrew Cumo decided to run against the pathetically unpopular Governor Patterson in the democratic primary it would racially split the party. I guess his message for all New Yorkers, is that if an African-American governor sucks you can’t throw him out because it racist:
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) has dealt the race card to Andrew Cuomo, who is miles ahead of wildly unpopular New York Gov. David Paterson in a possible primary match-up next year.
Rangel — who had to apologize for suggesting the NYPD might endanger President Obama if he traveled to Harlem — said the AG’s challenge of his old friend Paterson would cause a black-white split among New York Dems.
Cuomo hasn’t said if he’s running but those in the know would be shocked if he didn’t, given the governor’s staggering unpopularity and missteps.
“You cannot support the governor, prepare for reelection and at the same time say that you’re keeping your options open for a primary,” Rangel said.
“I think that there might be an inclination for racial polarization in a primary in the state of New York,” he added. “Since we have most African-Americans registered as Democrats, and since you would be making an appeal for Democrats, it would be devastating in my opinion.”
The Ways and Means chairman, who is the subject of a House ethics probe, also brushed back the White House for pressuring Rep. Steve Israel (D-Long Island) to abandon a challenge of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand saying it was “bad policy.”