I find it odd that a seasoned politician like Charlie Rangel would make a silly Freshman mistake like grossly misusing his campaign funds. Even first timers get information and advice from their respective Campaign Committees regarding campaign finance and acceptable uses of campaign dollars. It makes me wonder what was the angle of Rangel’s dangle? He has a plethora of advisors, the House has a campaign committee that does oversight for their candidates and elected officials. Why was he allowed to do this? Simple… he’s been in Congress for too long.
As the first black chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rangel rose to power and influence. With this came a sense of entitlement that disconnected him from the little, common folks. He became a victim of his own greed. At 80 years of age, Charlie is politically finished. He will not get re-elected even by his Harlem faithful.
The latest trend in politics seems to be out with the old and in with the new. Locally, we have seen a “popular” Presiding Commissioner go from being at the top of the heap to the gum on the shoe of the guy at the bottom of the heap. He’s not handling it well.
When allegations of unethical conduct or misappropriation of funds comes to light, it’s often the person in charge who suffers the repercussions. Sometimes, the person actually responsible will be held accountable, but it’s rare. Someone has to mind the till and be responsible for it if it comes up short.
Who was watching Rangel’s till?