Monday, November 15, 2010

Rangel Me Some Ethics

Whether you love him, hate him, or have never heard of him, I think you can find some real irony in the situation House of Representative Member and Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee chairman Charles Rangel finds himself.  Representative Rangel who is under investigation by the House for ethics violations, has now come under fire for allegedly using PAC (political action committee) funds to pay for his legal defense against the ethics charges.  Apparently, paying for your legal expenses for an ethics investigation out of PAC funds may in fact be an ethics violation of its own.  

I think its a bit funny and ironic to possibly commit an ethics violation in your attempt to defend yourself in an ethics violation investigation.  Its possible that Representative Rangel could be exonerated of the original ethics charges, only to be found to have violated House ethics in procuring the funds that resulted in said exoneration.  Of course, its important to note that he has not been found to have violated any ethical standards yet, but he sure has served up a nice slice of irony.

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