Charlie Rangel’s offenses are serious enough to have prompted an ongoing ethics investigation. They are serious enough to warrant his stepping aside as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. They’re serious enough that there’s a real question as to whether this is the end of his political career. And they’re serious enough that 27 House Democrats have decided to surrender the donations he made to their political campaigns.
But freshmen Representatives Gerry Connolly and Glenn Nye apparently think that Rangel has gotten a bum rap. At least, that’s the logical interpretation of their insistence at keeping the money Rangel gave them – as the Virginia GOP reminds us.
What will it take for Connolly and Nye to do the right thing – as one of their own home-state Democratic colleagues has already done? Defeating them in November seems to be the only way to convince them of the error of their ways.