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Obama Says Rangel at End of Career; Rep. Maxine Waters also Facing Ethics Woes

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With mounting concern over fall-out from the Charles Rangel affair, Rep. Maxine Waters, a 10-term California Democrat, is facing a possible trial-like ethics proceeding in the U.S. House over charges that she helped steer federal money to a bank that had links to her husband.

Waters has apparently chosen to go to trial, conducted by an ethics panel adjudicatory subcommittee, rather than accept a judgment against her, according to Politico. She is the second Democrat -- and the second senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus -- to run into ethics trouble in recent days. Rep. Rangel, D-N.Y., the former chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, may go on trial in September over complaints of improper fundraising, failure to publicly disclose income and assets, and nonpayment of taxes.
Rep. Maxine Waters
In a Friday interview on CBS News, President Obama said the charges against the 80-year-old Rangel, now in his 20th term, are "very troubling." "He's somebody who's at the end of his career," Obama told CBS' Harry Smith. "I'm sure he wants to be able to end his career with dignity. And my hope is that it happens."

A half dozen members of his own party have called on Rangel to resign, rather than drag the House -- and his fellow Democrats -- through a public ethics trial, less than two months before the mid-term elections, the Associated Press said.

Waters, 71, has been under investigation for a possible conflict of interest: helping to arrange a meeting between the Treasury Department and Boston-based OneUnited Bank, a minority-owned institution seeking federal TARP funds, the AP said. Waters' husband, Sidney Williams, had previously served on OneUnited's board of directors and also held at least $250,000 worth of stock. The bank eventually received $12.1 million in federal aid, according to the Washington Post.

Waters, a member of the House Financial Institutions Committee, said in the past she is confident investigators "will discover there are no facts to support allegations that I have acted improperly." The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, the formal name of the ethics panel, could make the charges public next week, sources told the AP.

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These people have been getting away with it for the last 15 or 20 years. It's all a part of the political correctness phase of our collective racial guilt period stemming from the so-called anti-discrimination legislation of the 60's. We now have to put everybody on the same level of responsibility for everything they do, no more honeymoons for some and blame for others just because of race, religion or ethnic origin.

August 09 2010 at 10:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I would like to see the focus turned to the folks in the White House. It is said that Rahm is doing very very well and the Obamas are also doing well during this time of recession. That is pretty good for people that have a reputation for being anti-capitalist. I'm not accusing anyone of wrongdoing I would just like to know their secret for success in these troubled financial times.

July 31 2010 at 11:52 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply

What's with these veterans that go into politics?; it seems like after a distinguished career in the military, they'll go into and start-off doing great wonders in politics, but eventually sucumb to the selfish greed that usually acompanies power.
We say this with Cunningham - viet-Nam Fighter Ace pilot; Rangel - Korean Conflict vet (wounded in combat), etc....

July 31 2010 at 11:31 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

After 40 years of service, what new ideas can there be left ?.
Thanks for a distinguished career - sorry to see it was blemished andd tarnished by power -which does corrupt.

July 31 2010 at 11:28 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

40 years is a life-time; thanks for your years of service, but just like everything has a beginning and an end, your time has come to say good-bye; it's the end of the line.
After such a distinguished career, cuz you did much good for a lot of people, I'm sorry to see that you too were tainted by the corruptions that power brings.
ADIOS ; time to enjoy the great-grand kids.

July 31 2010 at 11:25 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

California hasn't made a good decision for their State for decades, and they are now paying the piper for their folly. It is mystifying that Maxine Waters, while always providing food for animated discussion, would survive as the "peoples choice" for 2 decades.........simply incomprehensible.

July 31 2010 at 10:26 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply

'He's somebody at the end of his career' 'I'M sure he wants to be able to end his career with dignity.'

Didn't Erwin Rommel get the same offer???? "

The One" has spoken Chuck..........say hello to Grandma, Rev Wright and Van Jones when you get tossed under bus ..........OK???

July 31 2010 at 9:14 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply

There should be an audit to see how many politicians benefitted from the TARP and the stimilus. It could really drain the swamp from the top down!

July 31 2010 at 8:08 PM Report abuse +20 rate up rate down Reply

Career politicians believing they are above the law and using their positions to line their own pockets. Disgusting! No wonder Congress has an 11% approval rating.

July 31 2010 at 8:05 PM Report abuse +21 rate up rate down Reply

Age and term limits are in order as witnessed again. They retire federal judges automatically at age 70 and for what? Feebleness? Mind astuteness slippage. And you think aged legislators are any better? Case in point. Term limits would go along way so not to get into this quandary. Me thinks you'd have nearly none of this with term limits and age limits were set into law.

July 31 2010 at 6:33 PM Report abuse +13 rate up rate down Reply
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Forced retirement at 70??? You gotta be kidding! That's about the age that Ronald Reagan became one of our greatest Presidents. :o)

July 31 2010 at 6:45 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply

KMA, we have term limits. They're called "ELECTIONS". We just no utilize them. I don't know why we think incumbents are sacred. Here in Tennessee, once someone gets elected, they stay for life. It's as if we're afraid we'll hurt their feelings if we elect someone to their seat, IE: Kennedy's seat or Gore's seat or Duncan's seat. Why do we refer to their position as theirs? It's ours, we just don't reclaim it often enough.

July 31 2010 at 6:58 PM Report abuse +19 rate up rate down Reply

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