Editorialists Roast Rangel

House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY) may have gotten a fleeting break when Edward Kennedy’s death knocked reports of his newly-disclosed wealth off the front page.

But by this morning, editorial writers had caught their breath and were busy at work skewering the Chairman of the committee that writes the nation’s tax laws. And just think how much fresh meat has been left for the weekend crew.

From the New York Daily News:

There are two sets of rules for Rep. Charlie Rangel – the ones he writes for everyone else and the ones that are, or were, beneath his compliance, powerful personage that he is.

From the Wall Street Journal:

When normal people happen to “find” their own money, it might mean a twenty left in a winter coat, or discovering change beneath the sofa cushions. But if you’re Charlie Rangel, it means doubling your net worth.

From the New York Post:

Rep. Charlie Rangel’s multimillion-dollar “oops” this month raises plenty of good questions, but this may be the best: How can Democrats continue to close their eyes to such sleaze.

The New York Post also has a news story today about one of the financial transactions that Rangel failed to report, as is required by House Rules and federal law. It the sale of a townhouse worth as much as a million.

It was NLPC’s exposure of Rangel’s unreported and undisclosed income from his Dominican Republic “villa” that touched off more intensive scrutiny of Rangel’s finances, leading Rangel to revise his filings. NLPC also exposed property tax cheating by Rangel on a DC home, and a Citigroup-funded Caribbean junket that violated House Rules.