Charlie Rangel is currently a Democratic Congressman from New York. He is a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, has been ranked as one of the most corrupt members of Congress by CREW (2008, 2009), and selected for Judicial Watch’s Ten Most Corrupt Politicians in 2011 (Dishonorable Mention), 2010, 2009, and 2008. He was censured by the House of Representatives in a 333-79 vote, after being found guilty by the House Ethics Committee of 11 charges derived from a combination of tax infractions, misuse of official resources, and improper solicitations of donations.
“They are mean, racist people. Now why do I say that? Because in those red states, they’re the same slave-holding states. They had the Confederate flag. They became Dixiecrats; they had the Confederate flag. They’re now the Tea Party; they still got the Confederate [flag]. I don’t think that’s a coincidence. There is nothing the president can do–not love of country, not love of party–that they’re not prepared to kill themselves to get to him.”
“A police officer once told me when I was a kid that the worst criminal to deal with is one that doesn’t mind dying,” he said. “And if you take a look at what these Tea Party people have done… resisting everything that the president wants to do so they can destroy the people in their district in terms of education and jobs, the Congress, the Republican name. And when we had the debt ceiling crisis, they were really prepared to let the United States of America fiscal policy to go in the tubes. How can you talk with people like this?”
“There is no reason why a young person should have to pay for college education.”
“I think that Mr. Ryan, like the rest of the Republican aspirant (sic), there’s something in the water that they’re drinking.
…I don’t know what it is, but the things that they say, it really doesn’t make any sense at all.”
“I do [think there are areas where Obama should bypass Congress], but I don’t want it to be interpreted that I welcome the executive branch using their powers instead of having the legislative branch do it. It’s necessary now because it’s a gridlock between the President and the United States.”
“Let me say this. That Bill O’Reilly told me he had a secret weapon, I didn’t know it was just a pretty girl that he would bring in.”
“[Y]ou don’t want people taking advantage of poverty. The guy from Texas, he’s got the highest job accomplishments in the country, Governor Perry, but it’s one stage away from slavery, from what I understand the salaries are.”
“He wasn’t going with prostitutes. He wasn’t going out with little boys. He wasn’t going into men’s room with broad stances. I mean, all of those I understand; I’m 80 years old. But high-tech stuff like this, I can’t respond. But I know immoral sex when I hear it from other members, and no one has screamed for their resignation. So I don’t know why they’re selecting Anthony.”