The race is on in New York to see who gets shoved out the door first: Gov. David Paterson, perhaps one of the most ridiculous leaders to command the helm of the Empire State, or Charlie Rangel, the sun-loving, tax-defective US representative, sometimes called the dean of NY pols. Already gone from New York: fiscal responsibility.
WASHINGTON—Rep. Charles Rangel said he is temporarily stepping down as the chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee.
In a brief, televised statement Wednesday, Mr. Rangel said he asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a leave of absence as chairman of the powerful panel until the House Ethics Committee completes its investigation into his tax and financial dealings. “From the very, very beginning, I have offered this to Speaker Pelosi,” he said.
The ethics committee recently admonished Mr. Rangel, a New York Democrat, for accepting an overseas trip that was sponsored by several corporations, a lapse he blamed on his staff. He also faces inquiries regarding the payment of taxes on a house he owns and on the use of several rent-controlled apartments in New York.
As Cindy Adams would say: Only in New York, kids, only in New York.