Punish Rangel For His Misdeeds

Clearly, U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., used his position to advance his personal interests. For that, Rangel should resign from Congress – or be kicked out by his fellow lawmakers.

It took a two-year investigation by the House’s ethics committee to reveal the details of Rangel’s misdeeds. The panel found 13 situations in which his actions “reflected poorly on the institution of the House and, thereby, brought discredit to the House.”

Among charges against Rangel are that he asked executives of corporations to make donations to the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at the City College in New York – when those companies had issues pending before Congress. In one case, Rangel netted a $1 million pledge from an executive who wanted the House Ways and Means Committee to approve a tax break.

Rangel heads the panel. It approved the break.

Rangel is one of the most powerful lawmakers in Congress. His record includes heroism during the Korean War.

But Rangel abused his position – and that means he should lose it.