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Congressman Charlie Rangel’s No H8-er

Manhattan Congressman Charlie Rangel may be (but definitely is) a tax cheat. But he’s no hater.

The congressman yesterday announced that he’s joining 25 other members of Congress in their support for the NoH8 campaign, a “global art protest project” in opposition to California’s Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage.

Oh, and of the 26 lawmakers involved in the campaign — according to Rangel’s office — not a single one is a Republican (although, Cindy and Meghan McCain — the wife and daughter of Senator John McCain — have lent their faces to the project).

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“I believe that hatred of any kind has no place in America. I’m proud to
participate in a campaign that promotes the progress that our country
has made over the past few years with regard to the rights of the LGBT
community, Rangel says. “This is a wonderful way to support their
struggle for equality and to discourage discrimination based on who
people love.”

If you’re unfamiliar with NoH8, it’s described as “a photographic silent protest that feature subjects with duct tape over
their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Proposition 8
and similar legislation around the world, with “NOH8″ painted on one
cheek in protest.”

The project was dreamed up by photographer Adam
Bouska and Jeff Parshley, and initially just included the faces of
everyday Californians. It quickly grew to include politicians, members
of the military, and celebrities.

So far, the campaign boasts more than 20,000 faces.

Rangel’s support was in honor of National Coming Out Day, which has been observed every October 11, since 1988.

“To witness the LGBT community gain the rights that they always deserved
has a way of teaching us what the great Coretta Scott King once
exclaimed: ‘Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really
won; you earn it and win it in every generation.'”

Below is the list of members of Congress who’ve signed on to the campaign — again, not a single Republican.

Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY), Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI), Rep. Lucille
Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Rep Michael Capuano
(D-MA), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Rep. Jim McGovern (D- MA), Rep. John
Yarmuth (D-KY), Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA), Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA), Rep. Sam
Farr (D-CA), Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Rep.
Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee
(D-TX), , Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA), Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
(D-FL), Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL), Rep. Rush D. Holt (D-NJ), Rep. Raúl
Grijalva (D-AZ), Rep. Janice Hahn (D-CA), Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA), Rep.
Al Green (D-TX), Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-IL), and Rep. Susan A. Davis
(D-CA). Previously posing for NOH8 were Adam Schiff (D-CA), Dennis
Kucinich (D-OH), William Keating (D-MA), Judy Chu (D-CA), Earl
Blumenauer (D-OR), Nicki Tsongas (D-MA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Lynn
Woolsey (D-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO), and Jackie Speier (D-CA).

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Charlie Rangel, Legendary Tax Cheat, Lectures Mitt Romney On Paying Taxes

Say what you will about Mitt Romney’s dopey comments that 47-percent of Americans are basically free-loading schlubs, but the last person — literally, the absolute last person — who should ever chime in on the issue is legendary tax cheat/New York Congressman Charlie Rangel.

But guess who chimed in on Romney’s comments — legendary tax cheat/New York Congressman Charlie Rangel.

Under the headline “Rangel to Romney: Americans Pay Their Fair Share Of Taxes, Unlike You,” Rangel — again, a Congressionally censured tax cheat — says the following:

 

“Nothing can be further from the truth than Gov. Romney’s ridiculous remarks that nearly half of American people do not pay federal income taxes, they pay other federal and state taxes. The 47 percent figure cited by the Republican presidential candidate covers only the federal¬† income tax and ignores the fact that people may pay a higher percentage of their income on a wide variety of taxes.

Everyone pays taxes. Lower income persons pay state and local,
property, excise and sales taxes. In fact, when all federal, state, and
local taxes are taken into account, the bottom fifth of households pays
about 16 percent of their incomes in taxes, on average. The
second-poorest fifth pays about 21 percent. This is higher than what
the Governor has paid in income taxes. He has absolutely no moral
authority to accuse nearly half of the American people of being
irresponsible and freeloaders.

Many of his millionaire and billionaire friends — approximately
55,000 — are paying lower taxes than millions of middle-class
Americans. In fact, in 2009, 1,500 millionaires managed to pay no
federal income taxes on their millions. Before he judges other people
about paying federal income taxes, Gov. Romney should come clean about
the tax returns he’s hiding from voters.”

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This, of course, is the same Charlie Rangel who failed to report $75,000 in income he’d received from a three-bedroom, three-bathroom rental property he owns in the Dominican Republic. At the time, Rangel owed back taxes on the property for at least three years.

This is also the same Charlie Rangel who took a “homestead” tax break on the home he owns in Washington D.C. for several years. Problem is, Rangel simultaneously occupied multiple rent-controlled apartments in New York City.

And lest we forget the time he (ahem) forgot to include the sale of a D.C. home on his annual financial reports; the “discrepancies” in the reported value of a home he owned in Florida (anywhere between $50,000 to $500,000, depending on who you ask); or the inconsistencies in his reporting of his investment funds.

Then, of course, there’s the Congressional parking space that Rangel used to store his Mercedes Benz (for free) for years. Fairly small potatoes when you look at the other ways Rangel’s avoided paying taxes over the years, but under IRS rules, Congressional parking spaces are considered imputed income, and therefore can be taxed. Rangel, however, never paid a dime.

Rangel’s creative tax filings have earned him repeated (dis)honors as one of the most corrupt lawmakers in Washington, which is no easy feat — being one of the biggest liars in Washington is roughly as competitive as being the biggest drug addict at a Phish concert.

Perhaps a better headline for Rangel’s scolding of Romney would have been “Rangel to Romney: Hello, Pot — Meet Kettle.”

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Charlie Rangel: The Poster Boy For Congressional Term Limits?

Congressman Charlie Rangel escaped this year’s Democratic primary — and subsequent recount — with his job and likely will be returning to Congress for what will be his 22nd term, which begs the question: is it time for Congressional term limits?

Just to put the longtime representative’s reign into perspective, Richard Nixon was in his first term as president when Rangel first was elected to Congress. He is the third longest-serving member of the House of Representatives, and carbon dating indicates that the longtime representative is 82 years old.

In other words, we’d seriously question allowing an 82-year-old man to drive a car, let alone represent us in Congress.

Rangel’s advanced age aside, he’s also an ethical nightmare — in 2010, he was formally censured by the House of Representatives for multiple ethical violations stemming from (among various other ethical issues) his failure to pay taxes on income he received from a rental “villa” he owns in the Dominican Republic.

Rangel, however, can do no wrong in the eyes of the voters — despite his ethical issues, and lack of youth, they keep electing this guy!

If you ask us, enough is enough; things change over the span of roughly a half-decade and it’s time for a new set of eyes — preferably eyes that pay their taxes and don’t take handouts.

We want to know what you think, though: is Rangel the poster boy for Congressional term limits?

Cast your vote below.

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Adriano Espaillat Throws In The Towel; Charlie Rangel — At 82 — Is Likely Heading Back To Congress

Congratulations, New York — the man to the right (at 82 years spry) is likely heading back to Washington D.C. to represent you in Congress for what will be his 22nd term as a member of the United States House of Representatives.

Congressman Charlie Rangel has (unofficially) fended off Democratic primary opponent/former state Senator Adriano Espaillat in a recount of last month’s primary election, which Rangel also won.

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“I look forward to working with him as we move forward in the 13th
Congressional District to ensure that the issues that are pertinent to
every resident – from the southern part of the district to the northern
part of the district and now parts of the Bronx are addressed and taken
care of,” Espaillat told supporters this afternoon.

Espaillat demanded a recount — after conceding defeat in the primary — after alleging Hispanic voters (who would
benefit the Hispanic Congressional wannabe) were turned away from voting
booths and bilingual election officials were replaced with ones who
only speak English.

The 2010 census redistricted Rangel into
New York’s 13th Congressional District, which is 55-percent Hispanic and is a shift from the predominantly African-American constiuency Rangel has enjoyed in his previous district for decades.

Regardless, the new district is still a Democratic stronghold, so Rangel shouldn’t have much trouble come general election time.

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Charlie Rangel Recount: Adriano Espaillat Expected To Concede (Redux)

Despite being old as dirt, having been censured…and being old as dirt, ancient Harlem Congressman Charlie Rangel likely will be heading back to Congress for a 22nd term after it appears he’ll survive a recount in this year’s Democratic primary.

As of this writing, Rangel’s lead over former Democratic State Senator Adriano Espaillat is at 990 votes, with all of the remaining ballots now counted.

Espaillat — who conceded on election night but then recanted his concession — is expected to concede (again) later today, according to various media reports (the Voice has been unable to independently confirm those reports).

Two weeks ago tomorrow, Rangel, 82, came out on top in the five-person Democratic primary — and that’s after he was formally censured by the House of Representatives for multiple ethical violations¬†stemming from (among various other ethical issues) his failure to pay taxes on income he received from a rental “villa” he owns in the Dominican Republic (that photo to the right is Charlie enjoying his villa).

However, Espaillat demanded a recount after alleging Hispanic voters (who would benefit the Hispanic Congressional wannabe) were turned away from voting booths and bilingual election officials were replaced with ones who only speak English.

This year is the first time Rangel’s had to face voters since getting censured — and since the 2010 census had him redistricted into New York’s 13th Congressional District, which is 55-percent Hispanic, an obvious benefit for Espaillat.

In addition to his ethical issues — and redistricting dilemma — Rangel had trouble raising money for what is now his 22nd re-election campaign. Fellow Democrats — who’d received favors from Rangel in the past — ponied up the cash to fuel his primary push.

Despite Rangel’s new district being predominantly Hispanic, it’s still a Democratic stronghold. In other words, Rangel’s likely a shoo-in in the general election.

We’ll let you know as soon as Espaillat throws in the towel. Check back for updates.

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Charlie Rangel’s Recount Lead Grows

Things are looking up for longtime Harlem Congressman Charlie Rangel, whose lead in a recount of last week’s primary vote continues to grow.

As of this writing, Rangel’s lead over former state Senator
Adriano Espaillat’s is 1,158, which is up from the 802-margin the 82-year-old congressman boasted before election officials started counting absentee ballots yesterday.

Last week, Rangel came out on top in the five-person Democratic primary — and that’s after he was formally censured by the House of Representatives for multiple ethical violations
stemming from (among various other ethical issues) his failure to pay taxes
on income he received from a rental “villa” he owns in the Dominican
Republic (that photo to the right is Charlie enjoying his villa).

However, Espaillat demanded a recount after alleging Hispanic voters (who would benefit the Hispanic Congressional wannabe) were turned away from voting booths and bilingual election officials were replaced with ones who only speak English.
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This year is the first time Rangel’s had to face voters since
getting censured — and since the 2010 census had him redistricted into
New York’s 13th Congressional District, which is 55-percent Hispanic,
an obvious benefit for Espaillat.

In addition to his ethical issues — and redistricting dilemma — Rangel
had trouble raising money for what is now his 22nd re-election
campaign. Fellow Democrats — who’d received favors from Rangel in the past — ponied up the cash to fuel his primary push.

Despite Rangel’s new district being predominantly Hispanic, it’s still a
Democratic stronghold. In other words, Rangel’s likely a shoo-in in the
general election — should he escape the recount as the Democratic nominee.

The recount is expected to completed by tomorrow afternoon at the latest. However, if the final difference is less than one-half of 1 percent of all votes cast, there could potentially be a full manual recount.

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Charlie Rangel Survives Primary (Despite Being 82 Years Old, Having Been Censured, And Being 82 Years Old)

Longtime Manhattan Congressman Charlie Rangel can breathe a sigh of relief — the 82-year-old Democrat has survived what was expected to be the fight of his political life.

Rangel, who fought in the Korean War before getting elected to Congress (42 years ago), came out on top in yesterday’s five-person Democratic primary — and that’s after he was formally censured by the House of Representatives for multiple ethical violations stemming from — among other ethical issues — his failure to pay taxes on income he received from a rental “villa” he owns in the Dominican Republic (that photo to the right is Charlie enjoying his villa).

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With 100 percent of precincts reporting, the unofficial final numbers
have Rangel with 45.7 percent of the vote to former state Senator
Adriano Espaillat’s 39.1 percent. Former Bill Clinton aide Clyde
Williams received 10.5 percent, while retired executive Joyce Johnson
received 3.2 percent. Former model Craig Schley finished at the bottom
of the heap with 1.5
percent of the vote.

Yesterday’s primary was the first time Rangel’s had to face voters since
getting censured — and since the 2010 census had him redistricted into
New York’s 13th Congressional District, which is 55-percent Hispanic,
an obvious benefit for Espaillat.

“There’ve been all kinds of questions asked of me in the last few
minutes,” Rangel told supporters last night. “Most of them is ‘How do you feel?’ And I cannot find
words to describe that.”

In addition to his ethical issues — and redistricting dilemma — Rangel
had trouble raising money for what is now his 22nd re-election
campaign. Fellow Democrats — who’d received favors from Rangel in the past — ponied up the cash to fuel his primary push.

Despite Rangel’s new district being predominantly Hispanic, it’s still a
Democratic stronghold. In other words, Rangel’s likely a shoo-in in the
general election.

So, congratulations, New York — chances are you’re sending an 82-year-old tax cheat back to the House of Representatives.