Voters in New York not fooled by attacks on Rangel
The Kansas City Star
Voters in Charlie Rangel’s New York congressional district proved Tuesday that they weren’t fooled by the attacks on their longtime representative.
They gave the 81-year-old Rangel the Democratic nomination for his 22nd term in Congress over four challengers. That was despite Rangel being censured in 2010 after the House Ethics Committee found him guilty of ethical violations and despite his district being expanded from Harlem into the Bronx, shifting the population to a Hispanic majority.
People who voted for Rangel understand Rep. Emanuel Cleaver’s comments recently as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, demanding to know why lawmakers such as Rangel and Maxine Waters of California were being targeted in ethics probes at a higher rate than white lawmakers.
Could it be because they are black?
No question about it. Voters aren’t fooled. They saw it, too, and were right to give Rangel the nod.