Rangel Reflects on His Censure and His Legacy

January 31, 2011  |  

(Washington Post) — After it was all over – the bear hugs, the whispers, the somber theatricality – one question lingered about Charlie Rangel’s censure, and it was wider than Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard in Harlem. How did the savvy old pol let this happen?  How did one of the shrewdest operatives in the House of Representatives, a man who rose to become chairman of the most powerful committee, Ways and Means, an expert in tax law and spending procedures, a hero to black America, get caught chiseling on his taxes? How did he let himself become the latest example of ethical lapses in Congress?

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